Remember Brandy's Friend Andell on 'Moesha'? She Planned Her Own Funeral and Died at Just 48

Edduin Carvajal
Sep 01, 2021
08:19 A.M.
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Yvette Wilson, the comedian and actress best known as Andell Wilkerson in “Moesha,” died of cervical cancer aged 48, and she decided to plan her own funeral prior to her passing. 


Even though Yvette Wilson’s most important career role was as Andell in "Moesha," she worked on some other exciting projects before, including “Thea,” a short-lived sitcom that helped her land a part in “House Party 2" and "House Party 3."

Andell was one of the characters taken to “Moesha’s” spin-off “The Parkers.” When the show came to its end, Wilson appeared in a few other Fox Networks projects, but her last acting role was in 2005’s “Ganked.”

Yvette Wilson on November 17, 2003 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images



Wilson spent several years in remission before her cancer returned. Those close to her noted that she was a fighter, having undergone a kidney transplant before the return of her cancer. 

Aside from having cancer, she also suffered from kidney failure. In fact, a friend named Jeffrey Pittle was raising the needed $25,000 for a kidney transplant and her other medical bills at the time of her death. 



She is remembered by many for the smiles she put on people's faces through her shows, lighting up the stage when she first appeared on Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam." Her natural ability to make people laugh allowed her to join many other shows that are remembered up until today.

Hollywood stars like Jamie Foxx tweeted about her passing, sharing that he had tears in his eyes. Her co-star Shar Jackson also posted on Twitter, announcing to her fans that God chose to take her "sister" home.



Unfortunately, Wilson lost her battle against cervical cancer on June 14, 2012, when she passed away at 48. Even though the most common feeling when someone dies is sadness, Wilson didn’t want that for her friends and relatives.

In an interview that her mother, Thelma, had with Mississippi Link, she admitted that her daughter prepared everyone for her passing by leaving “specific instructions,” including that she didn’t want a funeral but a party.

Yvette Wilson and the cast of "The Parkers" on November 17, 2003 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images



The late actress told her mother that people shouldn’t cry; instead, they should celebrate her passing. She went so far as to plan the party's menu. 

On June 30, two weeks after Wilson's passing, the party was held. About 300 people flocked to the Regency West located in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles, the place where she started out in comedy. 


One of the actress’ cousins described the party as “so nice, so lively” as there was a picture of Wilson on each table. “Moesha” co-star Countess Vaughn who played Kim Ann Parker on the show, was present at the party.

Wilson is survived by two adult daughters, two grandsons, her mother, sister, and brother, and many more relatives spread throughout the US. They fulfilled her last wish after the party, which was for her body to be cremated.