YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Mrs. Willa LaVerne Duck, 72, transitioned from this life, Monday, April 3, 2023.

She was born September 18, 1950, in Bidwell, West Virginia, a daughter of Willie and Hattie McCulloh Hendrix.

Mrs. Duck worked for many years as a nursing assistant at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.

A former member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, she was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Willa enjoyed reading, working with children, getting her nails done and always putting a smile on anyone’s face.

Willa leaves to forever cherish her memories, her son, William Ross, Sr. of Youngstown; daughter, Rynita Ross of Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren, Montrell Hightower, Lewricia Valesquez, Jonte Ross and Jullian (Shuntese) Powell, all of Youngstown; many great-grandchildren, Anaiya, Javier, Ki’Asia, Jeffrey, Henry, Shawn and more; one sibling, Gwendolyn Green and a host of loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Duck; her son, Lewis Earl Ross and a grandson, William B. Ross II.

Visitation will be held 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the L. E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home. Due to the pandemic, guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Willa L. Duck, please visit our floral store.

A television tribute will air Tuesday, April 11 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.