Wilma Jean Williams-Linnear was born on July 25th, 1955 to Dorothy Mae Williams and Jack Myere. A lifelong Chicago native, she grew up a middle child and received her formal education in her beloved hometown.
Wilma as she was fondly known to everyone, was active in many clubs in high school and graduated from Harper High School in 1973. She entered the workforce at a young age and worked a variety of jobs before joining the Fire Academy in 1985. In 1989, Wilma successfully passed the test to become one of Chicago’s first African American female Fire Marshalls. A year later in 1990, she married the love of her life William “Bill” Linnear.
Wilma was a proud mother, and many people considered Wilma their surrogate mother. She loved spending time with friends, family and especially her grandchildren.
She dedicated 20 years of service to her cherished career and city before retiring to travel the world with her husband.
A devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, co-worker and friend. Wilma wore many hats and had a huge heart that captivated her family, friends and even strangers she met along the way in life.
Constantly filled with laughter and sometimes a little mischief, she was the living definition of love. Wilma gave of herself endlessly before making her transition to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.
Wilma was truly blessed, she leaves to cherish her memory, Her Loving and Devoted husband William; her daughters Latawallia (deceased), Latreesa (Rafael), Cynthia, Roshanta, and Nija. She is survived by her sisters, Celestine “Pat” and Jacqueline.
She also leaves to cherish her memory a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and host of friends, and colleagues who will all miss her dearly.
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