Written by Catherine Toomer Williams
Lucille Toomer, the eldest daughter of Henry and Bertha Toomer, was born on September 5, 1910 and departed this earth on September 5, 1974. She married William Jackson on August 26, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pa. Lucille had two children; Charles Malcolm, born on July 14, 1927 and Bernice, born April 28, 1929; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grand's and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Lucille, known as Sister by everyone, young and old alike, was a very strong Christian woman who always put God and family first in her life; in that order. Sister was the person who sent greeting cards to everyone! She remembered everyone's birthday! You could always look forward to receiving a greeting card on every occasion, be it graduation, Mother's Day, Christmas, Easter, Father's Day, or the birth of a child. She raised 5 of her grandchildren; and also some of her great-grandchildren. Sister was the person, many family members turned to when they had a problem, be it financial or otherwise.
Her husband, Willie (aka Mr. Jack, Mr. President, Jack the Ripper, McKinley) worked for the railroad until he retired. He had a barber shop in the basement of their home. Mr. Jack spent all of his evenings there, 7 days a week, never taking a day off. Sister was always cooking whenever you went to her home. For someone who never had a driver license or learned how to drive, she would always visit and send dinner to anyone in the community who was sick or elderly. She had a garden in the summer and made preserves at harvest time. There was always a cake on the table and probably some homemade ice cream in the freezer. There were always some homemade goodies around. Sister was very well known for her delicious pies and cakes. She also sold soda, pineapple being the favorite. She was the person most people asked to make their wedding, birthday or other special occasion cakes.
Sister and Willie both stressed the importance of getting a good education. They also did whatever they could financially to help those who went to college. Sister instilled very strong moral values, and self respect to her family. She also stressed the importance of family. Her many siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins always made it a point to visit "Aunt Sister." They all looked forward to savoring some goodies, which she always had.