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Lalah Motley

April 5, 1945 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 74)
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Mrs. Lalah M. Motley, age 74 of Newville passed away on August 11, 2019; visitation will be Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5-7 PM at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Newville, AL; funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:00 PM at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church; burial will be follow at the Church Cemetery.


Lalah Mae Baxter Motley was the sixth child of eight children born to the late Homer T. Baxter and Ellen Katherine Hollis Baxter in Newville, Alabama.  She was reared in a Christian home and attended Mount Sinai Baptist Church, in Newville, Alabama, where she came to know Christ at an early age.

 Lalah attended and graduated from Newville Rosenwald School. After graduating, she moved to New York to join her sisters Elnora and Daisy. Lalah met the love of her life, William Houston Motley, and married on December 12, 1970 at the home of her sister Elnora B. Washington in Freeport, Long Island, New York.  To that union, they were blessed with two sons: William and Derrick. In 1977, William and Lalah moved to Linden, New Jersey, where they would raise their family.  Lalah was a dedicated mother and stayed home to care for her sons until they were of school age.

In 1984, Lalah began working for the Linden Board of Education as an attendance officer until she retired in 2009. While in New Jersey, she was a member for Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where she served as a Deaconess and Usher. Upon moving back to Newville, she was reunited with Mount Sinai Baptist Church and served as an Usher and Deaconess until her health failed her. She enjoyed shopping, walking with friends, attending the Senior Citizen Center and watching "Family Feud". 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers: Robert and Phillip Baxter.

Lalah will be lovely remembered by her two sons: William (Erica) Karamo and Derrick Wadajo; stepdaughter: Heidi Thompson; three grandchildren: Jalia, Elijah, and Kalan Motley; two goddaughters: Shanda Baxter Odam and Keisha Martin; two brothers: Harold "Joe" (Mae Eva) Baxter and Johnny Lee (Irene) Baxter; three sisters: Mary B. Hicks, Elnora B. Washington, and Daisy B. Glass; a host of nephews, nieces, paternal and maternal relatives and extended family members.

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