Life Story for
IRMA LEE STAMPS was joyfully welcomed by her parents, William Ulsey Stamps, Jr. and Theresa (Frazier) Stamps on March 19, 1936 in Utica, Mississippi. She became their third child and first granddaughter of her grandparents.
She was always a very good and very contentious about completing her work and learned at an early age the value of preparation and performance by working with her siblings. Irma was a responsible person excellent student and regularly attended Brown Chapel Church.
She attended mostly private schools during her formative and secondary education, beginning at Goose Hollow - Utica Elementary School. One highlight of her early years was a trip to Detroit, Michigan with her paternal grandmother. There she won a lump sum of money from the numbers (lottery) and shared with her family upon returning home.
Irma continued her education at Utica Institute High School, graduating as Salutatorian of the Class of 1953 at Utica Institute High School in Utica, Mississippi. Irma attended Tugaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. She was an honor roll student and excelled in her studies, especially German Literature. In 1955, she decided to board her adult life train to explore more adventures.
Her first job was at the Mississippi State Hospital. She passed the test and chose to work with patients as an Occupational Therapist. She enjoyed using crafts of knitting and basket weaving to assist her patient’s therapy. She joined Institute Baptist Church and accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. After saving her money, her adult life train traveled to Los Angeles, California, seeking a better life. She moved to California for more opportunities and returned with her daughter to Mississippi in 1961 where she lived the majority of her live as a caretaker of her mother and two brothers. During this time, one of her favorite events were her trips to Chino, California to visit her daughter, son-in-law and later grandson and granddaughter. She often travelled alone either living or visiting over 30 states including Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, Irma moved to Beloit, Wisconsin to be with her family and joined New Zion Baptist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren immensely and experiencing their academic and extra-curricular activities. In 2015, Irma became less independent and moved into Alden Meadows Park where she continued to inject her independence and rights.
At 11:40 PM on December 9, 2017, IRMA LEE STAMPS peacefully transitioned to her self-identified home, “to be with God and Jesus”. She leaves behind a family that will remember her dedication to family. Her family will continue to spread love and cherish her life memories with others, her daughter, Shirley D. Williams, son-in-law, George Williams, Jr. grandson, Gya’ B. Williams, granddaughter, Una M. Williams all of Beloit, Wisconsin, (2) sisters, Vertie M. Sparks of Tucson, Arizona and Martina Schuler of Country Clubs Hills, Illinois, (3) brothers, Rev. Algernon (Barbara) Stamps, Sr., Alvin (Delores) Stamps of Jackson, Mississippi and Attorney Larry (Anita) Stamps of Clinton, Mississippi, (4) additional sister-in-laws, Beulah Stamps of Inglewood, California, Bobbie Stamps of Jackson, Mississippi, Dorothy McGee Stamps of Meridian, Mississippi and Nancy Stamps of Chicago, Illinois, and one brother-in law, Charles Britton of Jackson, Mississippi, (25) nieces and nephews, (48) first cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, William Stamps, Sr. and Louella (Caston) Stamps, maternal grandparents, Lillie Frazier and John Harrison, her parents, her brothers, Boris Stamps, Norcell L. Stamps, Melvin Stamps and Mark Stamps, one sister, Louella Stamps Britton, one nephew, Melvin Stamps, Jr., and brother-in-law, Dr. Edward Sparks.
Graveside Service will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Eastlawn Cemetery at 11:00 AM. A repast follows at 12:30 PM at New Zion Baptist Church in Beloit, Wisconsin. The community is welcomed to share love with the family at both events.
In lieu of sending flowers to the family, send flowers to a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility in your community or in the final resting cities of Beloit, Wisconsin or Clinton, Wisconsin. Beloit Floral on Cranston Road can assist with any floral delivery.
Also, in memory of Irma Lee Stamps, visit a stranger for 10 – 15 minutes who resides in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility to share the gift of time.
The family thanks Foster Funeral & Cremation Service for their continued support during the past 2 ½ years.
Please visit Irma’s page at fosterfuneralhomes.com
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