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Vilena Prophet INGRAM

February 26, 1938November 7, 2020
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LIFE’S JOURNEY

VILENA MARIE PROPHET was born on February 26, 1938 to Mr. Hillary Prophet and Mrs. Olivia Mitchell Prophet in Liberty, Texas. She was the beautiful baby girl of ten loving children. The family owned rice fields and oil wells in Liberty. Her primary schooling was at Pilgrim Rest Elementary School in the Liberty School District. She accepted Christ early in life and united at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. In 1942 the Prophet Family moved to Houston and settled in the Historic Third Ward. In Houston Vilena entered Blackshear Elementary School and went on to Jack Yates Junior Senior High School. She was a proud crimson and gold marching color guard member graduating in 1957. After high school she met and married Mr. Leon Ingram. They became the proud parents of seven children: two daughters and five sons. Later she married Mr. Walter Johnson and they had one daughter. She was an active parent teacher organization member at her children’s schools. Vilena completed the Food Service Program and worked in the Houston School Nutrition Department cafeterias for many years; including the 1960s summer Head Start Program. After vocational nurse training she worked for several years in Houston area hospitals. She gave supportive private duty nursing care to many local families before retiring. Vilena was baptized by Reverend L. B. Tolson at Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church. She was active in all of the children, youth and young adult activities at The Home. Upon reaching adulthood she joined St. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Calvin Scott, Sr. She was a choir and member of the Women’s Mission there. After joining Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church where the Reverend Herbert Stroman was the pastor, she served on the Nurses Board. She returned to Christian Home Church when Reverend D. R. Jefferson was the pastor. She was in the Mission Chorus, a member of Mary Circle in the Women’s Ministry, Senior Choir member, Vacation Bible School member and Adult Sunday School class member. In the Fellowship United District Association of Texas (FUDA) Vilena served as Vice President of Mission II Women’s Division. Vilena was an active pillar in her Third Ward community. She was an ACORN member who assisted citizens to get financial assistance for home repairs. She along with others organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Sampson Street. She tirelessly walked in the community to register voters , worked the polls in Precinct 25 during elections, worked in the Literacy Program at the center as well as in the food distribution center and in the public health clinic. Vilena joined the following organizations: Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star, Heroines of Jericho and was an active member in each. She was a Jack Yates High School Lion member supporter to the end. She was a member of the Jack Yates National Alumni Association, Jack Yates Alumni Affairs and Scholarship Association, Jack Yates Fabulous Fifties Alumni Association, and the Jack Yates 1957 Class Alumni. She worked tirelessly in all groups to support a better future for all of our students. Rooted in her community, Vilena continued to live in the Third Ward home on Dennis Street left to her by her mother. On Saturday, November 7, 2020, she transitioned from labor to reward to receive her heavenly crown. Vilena is preceded in death by her loving parents: Hillary and Olivia Mitchell Prophet; sisters: Selena, Signora, Lula, Susie and Harriet; brothers: Sostan and George. Her grandson: Jonathan Clay; nephews: Oliver Warren, Sr., Thomas Calloway, Bob Calloway, Sr., Bob Calloway, Jr., and her best friend: Maralias Holoman. HER LEGACY– she leaves to cherish her memories. Children: four daughters: Yvette, Kim, Olivia, and Angelina; six sons: Kirk, Craig, Morris, Maurice, Kerr Don, and Walter. Grandchildren: Vanice (Derek), Djuana, Shanique, Lora, Sostan (Michelle), Isiah (Kendra), Dalvin, Lynell, Lydrecca, Markus, Tyann, Tina, Latoya, Latacha, Sean, Yolanda, Tristen, Xilena, Morrisha and Marquise; Great Grandchildren: Dedrick, Derrick Jr, Deaja, Jashon, Derenique, Jazzmine, Jamesicia, Jashala, Cameron, Sostan 2, Kensiah, Sterlyn, Selas, La’Nya, Noah, Joshua, Bryonn, Kai, Skai, Takairi, Maya, Vickie, Thomia, Charles, Jakori, Tazaari, Makayla, Christopher, Ja’shawn, Destiny, Zyon, Zaylon, Kishon, Jonathan, Wendell, Sir’vante, Tristen Jr, Lattrell, Xaria, Great Great Grandchildren: Jay’ceon, Cali, Kai’dyn, Kairo; Nieces: Wanda, Diane, Anita, Michelle, and JoAnn; Nephews: Micheal, Sr., Kenneth and Dennis; great nephews: Oliver Warren. Craig Warren, Michael Green, and Reggie Tolbert a host of great and great great nieces and nephews. Godchildren: Latasha, Erica, Jackie, Charlene, Michael and Melody. Special friends: Mable Haywood, Gloria James, Jean King and the Winn Family. Special cousins: Mable Isadore, Doris Collins, Ruby Gale Moore and Ernest Dryer. VILENA was a kind, modest, generous, selfless, understanding and supportive mother, grandmother, niece, aunt, cousin, friend, and neighbor. It is because of love for her that we grieve and because of love that we are comforted in our shared sorrow for her. LOVE IS!

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Julia Powell

November 29, 2020

Vilena was one of the first people to show herself friendly to me when I first came to Christian Home.She learned that I was a Jack Yates Alumni,and after that we became fast friends.Vilena was the same friendly,in her approach and response to me...each time we visited,at church or whereever.I will surely miss her smileand friendly conversations.We could discuss and agree on so many topics.She was strong and brave,with great faith in God.Now she rests in peace in the Lord.We are blessed to have known her.

Carolyn Branch Taylor

November 20, 2020

To the Ingram Family,
My deepest sympathy and prayers to you as you celebrate a life well lived. All my life I have known her as Vilena. She shared her knowledge with me in her service as a Jack Yates Alumnus, the community and church. A proud member of the Jack Yates Roaring 50's and I, as a member of the Roaring 60's, will personally miss her immensely. She leaves a void in the Christian Home MBC where I also served with her in many capacities. She and my mother Emma Branch and brother Hamilton Branch were friends for years. The love she shared with me will never be forgotten. In God's care she now rests.

Denise E. Sanders

November 13, 2020

To the Family of Sis. Vilena Ingram,
Prayers and sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of such a dear and sweet lady. She will be truly missed; she and my Mom have been friends for many years. We pray that God's peace will keep you, may His power sustain you, and may His Word provide the gentle comfort that you need both now and in the days to come. May God bless each of you and keep you in His loving care.

Lovingly.
Denise E. Sanders
Mildred E. Sanders

(Mrs.) Gloria M. James

November 12, 2020

To the Mitchell, Prophet and Ingram Families:
Families be encouraged!
VILENA, your beloved family member, recently left this earth and stepped into eternity. As you began to accept her loss, just know that those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Even though Vilena is now unseen and unheard she is always still near so loved, so missed and so very dear.
Keeping all of you in prayer.

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Biography

VILENA MARIE PROPHET was born on February 26, 1938 to Mr. Hillary Prophet and Mrs. Olivia Mitchell Prophet in Liberty, Texas. She was the beautiful baby girl of ten loving children. The family owned rice fields and oil wells in Liberty. Her primary schooling was at Pilgrim Rest Elementary School in the Liberty School District. She accepted Christ early in life and united at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. In 1942 the Prophet Family moved to Houston and settled in the Historic Third Ward. In Houston Vilena entered Blackshear Elementary School and went on to Jack Yates Junior Senior High School. She was a proud crimson and gold marching color guard member graduating in 1957. After high school she met and married Mr. Leon Ingram. They became the proud parents of seven children: two daughters and five sons. Later she married Mr. Walter Johnson and they had one daughter. She was an active parent teacher organization member at her children’s schools.Vilena completed the Food Service Program and worked in the Houston School Nutrition Department cafeterias for many years; including the 1960s summer Head Start Program. After vocational nurse training she worked for several years in Houston area hospitals. She gave supportive private duty nursing care to many local families before retiring. Vilena was baptized by Reverend L. B. Tolson at Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church. She was active in all of the children, youth and young adult activities at The Home. Upon reaching adulthood she joined St. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Calvin Scott, Sr. She was a choir and member of the Women’s Mission there. After joining Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church where the Reverend Herbert Stroman was the pastor, she served on the Nurses Board. She returned to Christian Home Church when Reverend D. R. Jefferson was the pastor. She was in the Mission Chorus, a member of Mary Circle in the Women’s Ministry, Senior Choir member, Vacation Bible School member and Adult Sunday School class member. In the Fellowship United District Association of Texas (FUDA) Vilena served as Vice President of Mission II Women’s Division.Vilena was an active pillar in her Third Ward community. She was an ACORN member who assisted citizens to get financial assistance for home repairs. She along with others organized the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Sampson Street. She tirelessly walked in the community to register voters , worked the polls in Precinct 25 during elections, worked in the Literacy Program at the center as well as in the food distribution center and in the public health clinic. Vilena joined the following organizations: Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star, Heroines of Jericho and was an active member in each. She was a Jack Yates High School Lion member supporter to the end. She was a member of the Jack Yates National Alumni Association, Jack Yates Alumni Affairs and Scholarship Association, Jack Yates Fabulous Fifties Alumni Association, and the Jack Yates 1957 Class Alumni. She worked tirelessly in all groups to support a better future for all of our students.Rooted in her community, Vilena continued to live in the Third Ward home on Dennis Street left to her by her mother. On Saturday, November 7, 2020, she transitioned from labor to reward to receive her heavenly crown.
HER LEGACY– she leaves to cherish her memories.

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