Former San Bernardino resident and devoted Temple Missionary Baptist Church member Willas Lee DeMorst passed away at the age of 64 on March 14, 2011. DeMorst was born in Lake Providence Louisiana, and grew up in San Bernardino. She graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1965 and was voted most outstanding female athlete.
DeMorst soon married and relocated to San Diego, where she raised her three sons. After raising her children, DeMorst went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1985 from National University.
She became a Social Worker for the county of San Diego and later became an Organizing Director for SEIU local 535, where she worked for many years. Finally she worked as the Chief Negotiator for the United Domestic Workers in San Diego.
DeMorst was a free spirit who loved to travel, enjoyed politics, and fighting for a cause. Most of all she loved her family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory her sons: Lionel (Caroline), Myles and Malia, Laban (Dee Ann) Nicholas, Lucian (Patricia) and Wade. She also leaves her brother and his family Lonnie Wall (Celeste and Leslie, Victoria, and Lonnie II, and her sister, Janice Wall.
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