Camillia Antoinette Wilkins was the youngest of nine children born to the late William and Ruth Adams on January 22, 1955, in Washington, DC. She departed this life on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Camillia was educated in the DC public school system and graduated from Ballou Senior High School. She went on to further her education at Howard University.
Camillia was joined in holy matrimony with the late Richard Wilkins. From this union, they were blessed with one child, Jahmal.
Camillia accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at a young age and was baptized by the Reverend Moses L. Jackson, Pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The Lord later led her to The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where she was a member until her passing. Camillia’s calling was outreach. She served as a missionary and had a passion for the downtrodden. She expressed her feelings to her family and together they adopted two families every Christmas, providing food and gifts. They prepared and distributed food baskets to the needy and ministered to the homeless.
She visited nursing homes, praying with, and uplifting the residents. Camillia organized a prison ministry and served diligently until her illness, spreading God’s word to encourage and uplift the inmates. Camillia used her gifts to bless many while not wanting recognition from anyone.
Camillia was very family-oriented, always enthusiastic about family gatherings. If there was a mention of an event being cancelled or postponed, she was on the phone insisting it go on as originally planned. She enjoyed cruising and traveling.
She worked at various companies as an Executive Assistant. Her last tenure was with AARP.
Camillia was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Mildred Harris, Barbara Walker, Rita Gilchrist, and Joyce Alexander. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving son Jahmal, her devoted daughter-in-law Natayah; sisters Thelma Banks (Maurice); Ruth Hall (Frank), Jean Fowler, Brenda Fisher (Charles), and Diane Waters; two grandchildren, who were the love of her life, Gia and Jordan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.