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Wilma Ray Alston

November 26, 1936 ~ May 30, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Wilma Ray Alston was born to the late George Alston, Sr. and Viola Alston, on November 24,  1936 in Louisburg, North Carolina. She was the oldest girl of six children. Her four brothers preceded her in death, George Jr., Earnest Lee, Lewis and Robert Alston.  

Wilma received her education in the North Carolina Public School System. She attended Perry School in Franklin County and she graduated from Spalding High School in Spring  Hope, North Carolina. 

Wilma worked at Osteopathic Hospital as a Dietary Aide alongside her best friend and  sister-in-Christ, Sarah McCafferty who preceded her in death. 

Wilma accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. She joined the People’s Baptist Church under  the pastorate of Rev. Matthew M. Williams where she was a dedicated and active member  for over 40 years. She was a member of the Senior Choir, Mass Choir, Pastor’s Aide, Pastor’s  Anniversary, Women’s Day and Flower Pinning Committee. She also participated in the  Hospitality Ministry as Chaplain, The Rose of Sharon Missionary Society, and the Baptist  Foreign Mission Bureau on the Women’s Service Committee. 

Wilma remained a faithful member until declining health prevented her from attending. 

In her spare time, Wilma enjoyed reading magazines, clipping coupons, completing  crossword puzzles, sewing, watching television shows that had Steve Harvey on it and  listening to her favorite gospel AM radio station, “WDAS with Louise Williams”. 

Wilma loved traveling. Whether state-to-state or on cruise trips, she was always ready to  go on a new adventure. She would then return home to share how exciting her trip was.  She loved going to live theatre performances especially if they were teaching about the  Lord. The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida and the Lancaster County Sight and  Sound Theatres were her favorites. 

Wilma made a lasting impression on whomever she met. Her fun and inviting demeanor  made it easy for someone to call her “friend”. She took great pleasure in volunteering at  Prison Outreach Ministries and helping people in need. Volunteering at Food Banks and at  the Food Share Distribution Programs gave her a sense of joy and an opportunity to  minister about the goodness of the God. 

Wilma leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory: her two sons, Mark Alston and  Desmond Alston; one daughter, Crystal Alston; and five grandchildren, Kahlil Williams,  Siyani Williams (Yani), Mark Alston, Jr. (Mookey), Soleil Seth and Dalia Alston; one sister,  Ola Jean Foster; three sister-in-law’s, Rebecca Alston, Mary Lee Alston and Geraldine 

Billington, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends, family and her longtime extended family The McCafferty’s. 



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Open Viewing
June 14, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The People's Baptist Church
5039 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Funeral Service
June 14, 2023

11:00 AM
The People's Baptist Church
5039 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

June 14, 2023

1:30 PM
Fernwood Cemetery
6501 E. Baltimore Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050


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