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Willie Mae Northrup
February 26, 1938 ~ November 3, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Willie Mae Walker Northrup, 85, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family on Friday, November 3, 2023. She was born in Sumter, SC to the late Vivian and William Sinclair Walker on February 26, 1938.
She was married for 66 years to the late Guy T. Northrup. Mrs. Northrup was a military wife, being home alone with children, as well as traveling with her husband and family while he served at various posts in the Navy. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother as well as being devoted to all of her nieces and nephews and their families.
Willie Mae enjoyed many different jobs as a navy wife, but once “they” retired from the military to West Columbia, she enjoyed her work at NCR followed by her work and supervisory position at Fort Jackson in IT services.
Saturday Carolina Football games (home and away) were the fun times for Willie Mae and Guy. She was well known for her tail-gating fried chicken, cole slaw and brownies. She loved annual beach trips (rented two houses) with family, extended family, and she wanted everyone there so bring your own air mattress. She also enjoyed gardening, cake decorating, family dinners, watching golf and just being with family. She loved to throw a dinner for every occasion possible.
She is survived by her daughters, Vivian Rich (Buck), Ami Player (Lawton) and Amanda Rubio (Rogello); grandchildren, Kyle Gause, Joseph Rich, Amber Coleman, Lauren Amick, Joel Player, MaeLynn Torres-Northrup and Hannah Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Cameron Coleman, Aidan Rodriquez-Coleman, Blake Gause, Genevieve Rich, Emerson and Elijah Amick, Benton and Blakely Player; great-great grandchild, Avianna Johnson. She is also survived by her brother, John Walker of Lexington and sister, Susan Fox of Columbia.
She was predeceased by her husband, Guy T. Northrup; daughters, Sandra N. Coleman and Teresa Montgomery; and great grandson, Jorge R. Coleman.
Willie Mae will be profoundly missed, along with her love, advice, generosity and joyous spirit.
Visitation will be held from 12 pm to 1 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at Life Springs Church, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073. A funeral service will follow at 1 pm with burial at Southland Memorial Gardens.