Mrs. Minnie Lee Mothershed lived a happy full life. She was a loving wife and devoted mother. Her warm smile, and pleasant disposition endeared her to all who knew her.
Minnie was born on April 15, 1924 in Bradley, Arkansas to Eula Johnson and Lawrence Williams. She spent her school age years in Bradley, later moving to Lafayette, Arkansas where she met and married Ensley Oscar Mothershed. The young couple married on October 3, 1942 and a year later were blessed with their first child, Lawrence William Mothershed. Three years later, Eleanor Mothershed was born.
Looking forward to a bright future, the young family journeyed to California, finally settling in San Diego. Eventually, they had two more children, Michael and Sandra Mothershed. Their lives revolved around church, family, and friends. They joined Christian Fellowship Congregational Church and Minnie was active in the Women’s Fellowship organization. She developed life long friendships with other founding church members, including Aary Armstrong and Berlin Whitfield. Under the watchful eyes of Reverend Major Shavers and Mrs. Shavers, they were trained in the ways of the United Church of Christ. Worship and fellowship activities created friendship and a feeling of family amongst the members.
Working outside the home and rearing four children left little time for hobbies. Yet, Minnie showed great talent in cooking and baking. Her creativity shone brightly when she whipped up her southern style dishes and tasty desserts. Sunday dinner at the Mothershed house was a happy event for family members and friends.
On December 19, 1971 beloved husband E.O. Mother shed succumbed to a long bout with kidney disease.
These were difficult times for Minnie, but her faith helped to move her and the children through grief and toward a different way of life. After her children were grown and on their own, she decided to work with Catholic Charities as a Foster Grandparent at St. Stephens Church of God In Christ. The program was established to give retired individuals opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers for youth with special needs. Working with the children brought her immense joy.
Mrs. Mothershed was an integral part in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her smile, humor, and advice were given freely. Her love and care were constant throughout their lives. She often said, “you get out of life, what you put in.”
We will always cherish the wisdom and love she gave so freely. She will live in our hearts forever...
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