Vilma Ire Braswell (Wilson), also affectionately known as Red, Bones and Ire, gained her wings on July 26, 2019. Vilma was born September 26, 1936 to the late Rev. Joseph C. Wilson and Lucy R. Wilson. Vilma was raised in a loving Christian based home in the West Norfolk area of Portsmouth, Virginia, and is the third child of ten siblings.
Vilma was predeceased in death by her husband Paul Braswell; parents Rev. Joseph C. Wilson and Lucy R. Wilson; brothers Joseph Earl Lee Wilson, Melvin Wilson, sister Ethel Holland, and daughter Spring Harris.
Vilma leaves behind to cherish her memory children, Equaw Harris, Shelia (Abelardo) Grant, Geno (Richelle) Harris, Jeffary Harris, Pablo (Nicole) Braswell, Dana Parker-Braswell and Paul Bridgers; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Eunice Cephas, Florie (Timothy) Knight and Arbedella Austin; three brothers, Calvin (Barbara) Wilson, Timothy Wilson, Ralph Wilson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Everyone whose life Vilma touched was enriched by knowing her. Her door was open to everyone; if you had a problem, she listened without judgment. Her heart and generosity was boundless, if you needed something that she could offer, she gave it to you, no questions asked. Vilma knew herself and would not apologize for being her. Vilma’s life was lived as a strong, hardworking, loving, caring, stubborn and loyal, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be forever missed, but it is comforting to know that heaven has gained another angel.