Sunset November 25, 2021
In my father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14: 1-3
The Life and Legacy of Evelyn Louisa Lassiter-Gailliard
Evelyn Louisa (Lassiter) Gailliard was the daughter of Leslie St. Julian Combo Lassiter and Evelyn Olivia Schell. Evelyn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1961. She attended the Philadelphia Public School District until she moved to Providence, Rhode Island. After graduation from high school, Evelyn worked for the Fogarty Center specializing in adult care and the handicapped patients for over twenty years at the Picillo Center a subsidiary of the Fogarty Center in North Providence, Rhode Island. As a caregiver, Evelyn loved working with the adult population knowing it took a special kind of person that was devoted and committed in meeting their needs and providing that special kind of care. Evelyn was surely that person, she always put a smile on their faces, and brought joy and laughter to their hearts.
Evelyn leaves behind a devoted husband and soulmate, Herman David Gailliard. The couple were together for twenty-five years, and married for twenty years. They had a beautiful wedding in the Japanese Garden at Roger Williams Park on September 1, 2001. With family and friends surrounding them on this special occasion that brought two beating hearts together forever. Their marriage was made in heaven, and their love will live on forever in her husband’s heart, as well as in the hearts of family and friends. Evelyn also leaves behind a daughter, Camille Lassiter, two sons, Lance Evan Lassiter and Bernard Antoine Freeman, and a step- daughter, Michelle Watts. In addition to six grandchildren that she adored: Dahmir Jameel Brian Lassiter, Khairee Demaris Julian Lassiter, Dynesti Lassiter-Johnson, Kamiyah Danai Lewis (aka wah wah) Lanay Eve Marie Lassiter and Lance Evan Lassiter Jr.
Evelyn was the youngest child of ten siblings, six beloved sisters: Inez Costello, Yvonne Schell, Wanda Schell, Cynthia Fleming, Denise Mckenzie, Linda Lassiter, brothers: the late Samuel, David, and Brian Schell, and a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind sister in-laws Pearl Gailliard and Victoria (Gailliard) Garrick.
GOD SAW YOU GETTING TIRED
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you and whispered “ Come to Me”
With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away
And although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
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