OBITUARY

Lula Mae Kemp

February 15, 1935November 19, 2020

Lula Mae Kemp, 85, joined her Heavenly Father on November 19, 2020. A visitation will be held Friday, November 27, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am followed by a Homegoing Celebration at 11:00 am, both at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia. Due to Covid restrictions, masks are required inside the building and social distancing is enforced. Services will be live streamed on the funeral home's Facebook page at: Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia.

Lula’s story began in Columbia, Missouri on February 15, 1935. She was the second child and the first daughter born to George and Ethel Williams. Lula was a lifelong resident of Columbia, Missouri living briefly in Newport News Virginia in the late 1950's, and in Cleveland, Mississippi in the early 2000's.

Lula was known for her feisty spirit. You could see that spirit most when she retold the story of “Lula and Henry”. It was a match made in heaven. As it began, Lula saw a picture of Henry while visiting family friend David Anderson, (“Uncle Buddy”). Little did she know he would be her husband for the next 61 years. Lula graduated from Douglas High School in 1954, and during her graduation, she looked up from her seat and saw Henry standing there. She knew he came there for her and only her. She was proud of her good-looking soldier in his uniform. She always said, “All the ladies want my man!” Henry had to return to where he was stationed in Virginia, but he did not forget the girl he left behind. Lula and Henry stayed in contact with each other by letters. It was by letter that Henry asked Lula for her hand in marriage, and sent her a one-way bus ticket to Newport News, Virginia. This was the first time Lula had been out of Missouri. She rode on a segregated bus full of Soldiers. There she became his wife on April 13, 1956. From this union four children were born: Patricia Ann, Gregory, DeWayne and Darrell.

Lula was a loyal member of Sugar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, MO her entire life. She served as an Usher, sang in the choir and served on many committees. Lula loved her church, and she loved the Lord, the church members love to hear her testimony, it was so vigorous she filled the church with Spirit. She raised her children to believe in God and the whole family are active members of the church.

Lula worked for GTE, (General Telephone Electronics). She started as a custodian and later moved to a position in repair services where she was the only black woman. Lula worked for GTE for 28 years before retiring.

Lula was kind, generous, and loving. She was a great wife, mother, and grandmother. Anyone who knew her was blessed. She loved her plants and always had a beautiful yard. She was an excellent cook and everyone raved about her Chess Pies. You were always welcomed in her home and she went out of her way to make you feel at home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Kemp; her parents, George and Ethel Williams; sisters, Mary Louise Williams, Ruth Powell, and Georgia Rose Redden; brothers, Jimmy Williams, and Edward Williams.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Patricia Ann (Willi) Jones; her sons, Gregory Kemp, DeWayne Kemp and Darrell (Kimberly) Kemp; stepson, Lafayette Hayes; grandson/son, Emanuel (Susanne) Kemp; six grandchildren, Sidni Jones, Kristi Franklin (Tony), Yolanda Parker, Shanell Smith, Talin Kemp, and Darian Kemp; Nine great grandchildren; siblings, Leutenus Williams, John Williams, Betty Ann Butler, Rena Richardson, and Vincent Williams; honorary family members, Mary Edwards, Debbie Williams, Gerlie Poston, Jr., and Verl Williams; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Sugar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, ICO Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, MO 65202

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Patricia Powderly Kowalski

November 30, 2020

I remember Mrs. Kemp from when I had Emanuel (Mann) in my class at Shepard Elementary School. She was a wonderful grandparent. She was firm and supportive. I respected her so much as a person. I was a young teacher and she was a person I looked up to as a role model. May she rest in peace with her beloved husband. My condolences to her family.

Jamie Enyart

November 26, 2020

MT. OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 304 FULLENWIDER STREET CENTRALIA, MO 65240

November 27, 2020

To the Sis. Lula Mae Kemp family,

"And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.." Revelation 21:4

It is with deep sympathy and tenderness of heart, that we, your friends and co-laborers in Christ, send you these words, to express to you, in a feeble way, our sincere sympathy and condolences for you in the home going of your loved one. Sis. Kemp will always be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.

To her family, we say, you will never be alone. God in His infinite wisdom cares and knows the best regardless of the circumstances. Your memories will always be with you, a purpose has been filled and she is at rest in a place more beautiful than we know.

We are praying for you and we pray that the power of God, the peace of Christ comfort your hearts and minds during this time. Continue to make God your hope and look up to the hills from whence cometh your help. May God continue to bless you and give you strength and courage.


With deepest sympathy,

Officers and members of MT. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Jamie Enyart Condolence

Darlene Dixon

November 26, 2020

Sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

June Gibson

November 26, 2020

I am saddened to hear of the passing of dear Lula! She was a coworker and longtime friend of my husband and myself. She would bring chocolate pie to Hooter at GTE and they shared many many a laugh and good time together. I know she is enjoying her reunion with her Savior and her beloved Henry. Our family dearly loved them both. Henry was known to go back and get our son when he missed the bus to take him to school. They were the ultimate loving couple. How this world is bereft of such loving, kind and fun people! My sincere condolences to the family! Lets all meet in heaven someday very soon!

Christal Jackson

November 24, 2020

One of the sweetest ladies I know! She will truly be missed by those lives she touched. My condolences to the Kemp family, she will forever live and your hearts and souls.

Janie Madison

November 24, 2020

To the family of Mrs Lula sending my heartfelt prayers to all, she was a beautiful soul always had a beautiful smile. God has gained a beautiful angel and she will be missed.🙏🏽

Margo Pollard

November 23, 2020

Momma Lula, I will miss our girlfriend talks over the telephone and how you would holler and laugh out loud. Cracker Barrel won't be the same without you. I'd like to thank the Kemp Family for sharing their Great Joy with me. I've Been Truly Blessed.

Yolonda Williams Thomas

November 23, 2020

Mrs Kemp was mother to dear friends Darryl and Dwayne. She will be missed. My condolences to the family. Love you all. Love Dedee

Michele Dundas

November 23, 2020

Mrs. Kemp was a sweet loving lady. There are no words to express what she meant to me and my family. A kind, generous, spirit filled woman of God. An excellent wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. My heart is heavy. My condolences to the Kemp/Williams family. She will be greatly missed.

Charles Anderson

November 23, 2020

To my nieces and nephews God heaven did anything wrong we all love you but God loves her the best she don’t have to worry anymore She resting in God’s hand wealth law I will save her one day on other side of the mountain 🏔❤️💕❤️💕❤️🎶

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