We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Alford's Mortuary
Mother Esther Mae (Reed) Andrews was born January 24, 1929, in Crawfordsville, Arkansas to the union of James and Esther (Payne) Reed. Mother Andrews has been a resident of Elkhart IN over 40 years.
Mother Andrews worked as a laundress for many years, a job which she enjoyed. She also worked for the Rouen and Naquin families of Elkhart. Mother Andrews was a great seamstress, making clothes for herself and others.
Mother Andrews loved people, especially her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was always willing to provide a helping hand to others. She loved everyone and over the years developed a passion to minister to those in need (friends, church family, neighbors and strangers as well), regardless of where she was.
Mother Andrews was a faithful member of Greater Wayside Temple Church of God In Christ. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Leonard Brooks Jr. She served on the Mother’s Board, as well as a Prayer and Bible Band teacher. Mother Andrews exhibited the fire of the Holy Ghost each time she spoke. She “preached” her testimony with excitement knowing the wonderous work of God in her life. She was not ashamed to share how God had delivered her from the world. Mother Andrews could often be seen praising the Lord in a dance during Sunday worship.
Family is everything to Mother Andrews. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Pastor James (Lady Kathy) Andrews, 5 grandchildren; Angie (Kyle) Torain of Aurora/Naperville IL, Todd Massey, LaTosha (William) Bonds, Jennifer Andrews all of Elkhart, IN, Kassandra (Marquise) Fuqua of Indianapolis, IN; 8 great-grandchildren; Marche Massey, Kaylyn, Amari and Addison Torain, Mikayla Andrews, Camden Bonds, Elijah and Bryson Fuqua; and 4 great-great grandchildren, a sister Ruthie Mae Reed along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A bonus daughter, Mother Mary (Collins) Mack and the Mack family, two God-Children, along with the whole Greater Wayside Temple Family.
Mother Andrews was proceeded in death by her parents; James and Esther (Payne) Reed, brothers; James, Ollie, Charlie and Robert Reed: sisters, Anniebelle Reed and Onnie Conley.
Homegoing services for Mother Andrews will be held on Saturday May 28, 2022 12 Noon at Greater Wayside Temple COGIC, 638 Goshen Ave. Elkhart, IN 46516. Visitation will be held at 11 A.M. Pastor Donnie Massey will bring the Word. Burial will follow at Prairie Street Cemetery 401 W. Hively Street, Elkhart, IN 46517.