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Lavada “Sister” Willis Broussard

January 6, 1940 — May 5, 2023

Lavada “Sister” Willis Broussard passed away peacefully on May 5, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Warner Robins, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on January 6th, 1940, in Bleckley County, to Jack Raymond Willis and Donie Lee Rickerson Willis. She married George “Bruce” Broussard, on December 28, 1963. She grew up in Macon, Georgia as the oldest daughter of five boys and four girls. Growing up, she was called “Sister” by her parents and siblings. The name remained with her, and she was called “Sister” by her siblings, nephews, and nieces for the rest of her life.

Lavada loved to love on people. Didn’t matter who you were, she welcomed you with open arms. Always the hostess with the mostest, she was always taking care of whoever entered the house. She would make sure you had plenty to eat and always a drink. An avid gardener, her yard was always full of flowers and beautiful trees. She loved to take care of her plants and be outside. She was always at a ballgame whether be her kids, her grandkids or a neighbor’s child to support them any way she could.

Lavada graduated from Miller and Lanier High School in 1958. After high school, she worked in Macon for a local bank, a clothing manufacturer, and the Naval Ordnance Plant, before getting married to Bruce and moving away to start a family. She rejoined the workforce as a substitute teacher at her children’s junior high school where the kids were always happy to see her and her puppet friend, Roberta; just another way she showed her big heart for kids. She reentered the Civil Service workforce with the Air Force Reserved Headquarters at Robins AFB and retired in November 1995. After retirement, she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Lavada liked to find deals for her extended family, friends or anyone in need of something she could help them with, by going to garage sales with her friend, Connie.

Lavada leaves behind a husband of 59 years, George “Bruce” Broussard; three sons, George Broussard Jr. (Diane Forrester), Dutch Broussard (Rhonda), and Ken Broussard (Sarah); six grandchildren, Justin Broussard (Christen), Rachel Broussard, Kristen Kolb (Jeremy), Trent Broussard (Alison), Amanda Frizzell (Fred), and Savannah Broussard; five great-grandchildren, Ryan Broussard, Kendall Kolb, Jordan Kolb, Landon Schneck, and Preston Schneck. Lavada was preceded in death by brothers, Jack Willis and Donald Willis. She is survived by three brothers and three sisters, Butch Willis (Terry), Shirley Barlow, Beverly Cornelius (Randy), June Sindy (Ron), Jim Willis (Kathy), and John Willis (Debbie);and two sisters-in-law, Charlette Willis and Gail Willis.

A funeral service will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Lavada will be laid to rest in Magnolia Park Mausoleum following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Central Georgia Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 5576, Macon, GA 31210.

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