Friday, May 4, 2012


    Annie Mae Abrams was born April 20, 1915, in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of Payton and Sophie Pruitt, and was raised by her stepmother, Martha Pruitt.
She had three brothers and a sister, all deceased. She was married to Jake R. Abrams on August 16, 1943. He died in 1974.
    Annie was involved in many youth activities. She was one of the first African American graduates of Hyde Park High School and in 1952 received her LPN nursing license from Princeton Vocational School, a part of the Chicago Public Schools. She practiced nursing at the University of Illinois Medical Center and Saint Anthony Hospital.
    Annie became a member of United Faith Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor Willie Treadwell, now Performing Christ Ministries under Apostle Timothy Treadwell. She was a faithful member of the Mother’s Ministry.
    Mother Abrams was very active and involved in community affairs. She was instrumental in starting two childcare centers in North Lawndale: Sadie Nesbit and Ruthie Ann’s Childcare Centers.
    Annie Mae Abrams died on her 97th birthday, April 20. She leaves to cherish her loving memories four daughters: Audrey (Lennox), Ion, Adair, and Ann (Ernie); and a stepson, Robert; nieces Isabell, Jo Thelma, and Mitty; a nephew Pee Wee; grandchildren Shukura (Hal), Theodore (Coral), Kyle, Scott (Therese), Charisse (Don), Chandra (Melvin), Edrissa, Darian (Dominique), Troy, Brandon (Niela), and Krista. Annie leaves her Homies: Bessie Young, Catherine Henley, and Bessie James to cherish her love. She leaves a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, as well as many adopted sons and daughters throughout her long life. She was known lovingly as Mama, Ms Abrams, Annie, Mother Abrams, Mother Blue, Grandma Blue, Grandma, and The Lady with the blue hair. She will be missed by all who knew her, but all of their lives were enriched by the privilege of being a part of hers.

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