Vediazella Elizabeth McGhee
1950 - 2023
Vediazella Elizabeth McGhee was called home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2023. She was 72
years young when she passed away at her daughter’s home in North Carolina.
Vediazella, affectionately known as Vi, was born on September 25, 1950 to Walter Brownie and
Ruth McGhee in New York, New York.
Vediazella was a woman of many talents, but she found her true passion inside of the kitchen.
For many years she served as a cook for the Hillel Sorority house on the Ohio State University
campus. There she made food that would nourish the body and soul.
Vediazella also spent some time in the hospitality industry. One of her fondest memories there
was taking care of the Jackson 5 during their stay at the Best Western Hotel.
In her retirement, she took her talents and gifts to Cleveland, Ohio. There she proudly
volunteered to serve the larger community through her work at the Cleveland Chamber of
Commerce. She also dedicated her time to work for Habitat for Humanity.
Outside of her work, Vediazella was known to be the life of the party. She inherited her love for
music from her father, the late and great Blues musician, Walter Brownie McGhee.
Those that knew her well, knew that the dance floor was second home and her moves could
take you out. And for those that didn’t know, they would surely never forget once they saw what
she and her cane could do.
Vediazella was strong willed, independent, and never one to mince her words. She said what
she meant and meant what she said. Still, underneath it all lived a heart of gold. She taught all
her children and grandchildren what it meant to give unselfishly. Even if she didn’t have much,
she found a way to love and care for those in need.
Vediazella spent her final moments surrounded by love. As her family gathered around her
praying and singing, she danced her way through heaven’s gates to join her parents, sisters
Beatrice and Valerie, and brother Joseph.
Vediazella is survived and deeply missed by her three children, Demetris, Valtracy, and
Dameon. Her brother George, sister Vilhelmina, and many nieces and nephews.
She will be forever cherished and remembered by her eight grandchildren: Samuel, Fredrick,
Dasha, Donald, Keyera, Khalil, Tyrell, and Mariyah.
Her memory lives on with her seven great grandchildren: Amir, Damari, Zaier, Zoriah, Bentlee,
Kamille, and Kayden.
May you rest in Heaven. God’s strongest soldiers…