Lillie Mae Derouen came into this world on May 3rd 1927 the same day as her mother in River Rouge, MI, to the union of Hattie Bell and Fletcher Lee Jackson. She was the sixth child of 14 children. Lillie started school in River Rouge and later graduated and obtained her high school diploma.
Lillie was baptized and became a member of Calvary Baptist Church for many years before she became shut-in. Lillie also served on the Usher Board for many years. She enjoyed her time on the usher board and spreading the word of God to each and everyone. Lillie volunteered at St. Stephens COGIC with the infants and toddlers in child care and was affectionately know as Grandma Lillie. After completing beauty school she took a strong liking to the hair weaving process and enrolled herself into the Christine Jenkins Hair Weave Academy.
Lillie was the first black female to bring the hair weaving techniques to San Diego, where she opened her first shop on Imperial Avenue. In 1988 sister Lillie Derouen thought she could make a difference in her community by helping who had fallen on hard times with food, shelter, and clothes. Most importantly introducing them to the word of God. Jesus Is The Way Ministry was founded by Lillie providing 24-hour referral service, job training, clothes, food, and shelter. She continued to help her community by fostering and adopting those in need. She was even in numerous clubs and organizations such as the Women’s Civic League, Eastern Stars, and the Toast Masters.
Lillie enjoyed traveling with various church members. She had the privilege to visit places such as the Tombs of Egypt, Jerusalem, and Paris just to name a few. Lillie had a love for gardening, especially flowers. A person could brighten her day if they gave her a bouquet of flowers. Lillie’s favorite pastime was eating. She would often say, you know I have a hearty appetite. Her favorite cusine was soulfood and barbeque. Lillie truly made a difference in her community with her kind loving-heart and spreading the word of God with her beautiful smile.
Lillie was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, two children Jackie and Belinda Anders, (Tasha, Malik, Mecca) Lillie is survived by three daughters, Tanya Anders, (Ronnie, Jr., Tanzania, Nena, Jamal, Sierra, and Tracey) Norweida Brashear (Donzale, Lonnie) Kimiko Brashear, (Joshua, Kenya, Demetrius, Khadijah) four sons Tyrone Anders (Marcus, Renee, La Shay, Kyiesha,Tyresha, Dupri) Zardis Brashear, Darnell Anders, Demetrius Brashear; two sisters Ruth Flowers, Addie Lee Jackson; three brothers Gus Jackson (Patricia) Harry Jackson (Eunice), Samuel Jackson (Barbara).
Lillie leaves to cherish her memory many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many, many good friends.