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Updated: 08/01/2014 08:00:01AM

Della Mae Tolbert

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Della Mae (nee Davis) Tolbert, 76, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

She was born May 4, 1938, in Arcadia, Fla., to Joel and Ethel Davis.

Della attended Smith Brown School, and worked in the culinary departments at G. Pierce Wood Memorial and Shands Teaching hospitals until her retirement in 2000. In 2000, she met and married Oscar Tolbert, and moved to Holly Hill, Fla., where they were members of St. Paul Baptist Church. She returned home to Arcadia in 2013, and became a member of Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church. Della was loving, giving and helpful to the homeless and her family. She never met a stranger; everyone was family.

She leaves to cherish many fond memories her great-nephew, whom she raised as a son, Travis; grandson, Terrance; brothers, Warren, Robert and Riley; sister, Minnie; grandsons, George and Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Shyann, Asharee, Lawrence, Terrance, Tykeria, Traylin, Ayden and Jaylin; great-great-grandchildren, Da’Zaoa, Dez’aray and Kaiden; many cousins, nieces and nephews; special niece, Jackie; dear friend of more than 40 years, Betty; and loving caregivers, Shelia and Lucinda. Della was preceded in death by her sons, Lawrence Jr. and Frank Jr.; nieces and nephews, Myrna, Bridget, Frank, Robert, Ram and Wilber; brother and sister, Veora and Cleo; her parents; and husband, Oscar.

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Hickson Funeral Home in Arcadia. The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Hickson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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