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OBITUARY

Virginia Andrews

January 16, 1941May 5, 2021
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Virginia Williams was born on January 16th, 1941, to the late Robert and Vivian Williams. She was the 3rd of 5 children. Because of her mother steadfast love and dedication to the Lord, Virginia also dedicated her life to Christ. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She attended and graduated from Prospect High School, after school was finished, she got a full-time job at Equitable Life Insurance as an Office Administrator. This is when she met her husband Eddie L. Andrews. Mr. Andrews was on home leave from the Marines where they crossed paths in Canarsie. As the courtship continued, even while he was in service, they would constantly write each other love letters, which she still has to this day. They were later married March 28th, 1959. In their union, they were blessed with their first son, Stephen Andrews, born in 1962. Seth Adam Andrews was born in 1964 for a short period of time, then came Miriam Andrews who was born in 1965. Later they would be blessed with 3 more children, Forrest, Louis, and Michael Antoine in 1977, but it would not stop Virginia’s love for children, which led to the continuation of adopting children, even later in life. Virginia had a passion for cooking. She, like many other children who came up with the love of Vivian Williams, had the biscuit recipe down pat, even had many family members come from all over to just grab up some biscuits. She did not mind and continued to serve them up, ready for whoever came by. Virginia rededicated her life to Christ shortly after her marriage in 1960. Under the loving direction of her husband, Virginia was a member of Miracle Temple Church in Brooklyn, on the corner of Bainbridge and Stuyvesant. Teaching others and learning was always a passion of hers, which help Virginia to work in her blessing, as a missionary. She would go out and minister the Gospel, in a loving and comforting way. Virginia would also have a heart to help others in any way she could. Virginia also had a heart to help the children, no matter what, and she decided she would go back to school to become a teacher. She attended Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and became a preschool teacher from that point moving forward. Later, she had a change in heart and began working at City Corp in Melville which she remained until she had to leave to take care of her husband, who had AND defeated lymphoma. Her favorite testimony is, “We overcame Cancer, my God is more than able to do exceeding and abundantly more then we can ask!” This also led to one song we all know and love, “No lymphoma in his eyes.”

With the love of God on her side, she began working in the ministry as a choir director and a youth teacher. She was always singing and praising the Lord every Sunday and other various days during the week. ‘I am so grateful’ and ‘Order my steps’ were her favorite songs to lead in worship. Virginia was ordained as a minister on November 11th, 2000. Within the AHAC body, Virginia was a part of the memorial committee, grievance committee, suggestion committee, and the foreign missions committee. She was a willing worker and looked forward to being a help and lending a hand where she could. It was a great joy to her to fellowship with the saints during various unions, the annual assembly, and even other church events in the AHAC body. Many saints would also have the pleasure of calling her mother, even before she became a mother in the church, she never minded it, and would always take them under her wings. Virginia is proceeded in death by her mother and father, Robert and Vivian Williams, her husband Eddie L. Andrews, her sisters, Gladys Duncan and Lizzy William Vann, her brother Timothy Williams, and her sons Seth and Stephen. Her life will continue to be celebrated and remembered by her Sister Earnestine and her Sister-In-Law Sheila; Children: Miriam (Nathaniel), Monique, Louis, Forrest, Michael (Marta), Bobby Emmanuel, Dennis (Bendu), and all the other sons and daughters that called her mom. A plethora of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She will be dearly missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Committal Service & Interment

    Friday, May 14, 2021

Memories

Virginia Andrews

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Your Son Bobby

May 13, 2021

Mama Virginia you are special. I thank God for you. You are a blessing. I love you and will always remember you. God sent you to us for a purpose. And that will be done. God will get all glory. Rest In Peace Mama. I know you are in heaven. Godbless
Love your Son
Bobby

Shurie Green

May 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Virginia for over 10 years and she was the MOTHER to a lot of employees at Citicorp. A beautiful soul.

Elizabeth Jones

May 12, 2021

When my mother and father passed Virginia & Eddie Andrews stepped into their spaces! Even though they already were my spiritual parents, they became so much more! Especially Mother V.A. She really was a little of everything to my family. She was a true mother, big sister, teacher in many areas of my life‼️ She was my prayer partner warrior for 25 plus years. She showed me how to really love the unlovable and forgive even when it hurts. She was a well-rounded warrior of GOD‼️ She sincerely cared and helped so many people. She will be sincerely missed by so many. Only God can replace the void her absence will leave for me and my children. She will forever be in our hearts.


Ruth Crumpton

May 11, 2021

Dear Mommy
I write this letter poetically for those who knew you, loved you as I do and maybe someone who wished they knew you as I do. You poured so much in me, I want all to know you were a motivator as it says in Isaiah 41:10 you motivated me when I did not know what to do, go to the throne of grace the Father hears you. You were an overcomer consistent in reminding me 1 John 4:4 to be encouraged for great is He in me than He that is in the world. You saw me as a daughter, you were a mother to all, encouraging transformation in our lives, continually reminding me to allow the Holy Spirit to totally reform for living a beautiful life satisfying, perfect in the eyes of GOD as in Romans 12:2. You were a helper Mommy, you helped me oh! so many times, when crisis seems to loom as in Exodus 18:2. There you were teaching, admonishing, and exhorting, separating the wheat from the chaff Luke 3: 17. Mommy so many sacrifices you made in this life Proverbs 22:6 to teach me and others to dedicate ourselves, our children to the Father and point the way they should go. Here I stand thinking on those times forever grateful to GOD for your place in my life and you will be sorely missed, but never ever forgotten. I love you mommy sleep in Peace. Your Spiritual Daughter Ruth

Joan Macafity

May 9, 2021

I am going to miss my friend of 61 years. We shared so many memories. Good times and bad.
We first met at our first full time place of employment and instantly became like “kindred” spirits.
We were girlfriends, sister friends, etc. Our children played together.
Death is final, but memories live forever. I’m going to miss my dear friend.❤️
To the family, my other family, God bless you and keep you.
Remember, earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

Lynette Alexander

May 8, 2021

I remember cousin Virginia fondly, she was a very loving and caring person

When my mom passed away she was always there for me, encouraging me and praying for me.
I called her sis. Andrews because she loved Jesus and she was a bishop's wife. I will certainly miss her dearly 😢 💔 .
Sincerely,
Lynette Alexander

Bettie Mobley

May 8, 2021

My condolences to the family. I am praying that God will carry you all through this difficult time.

ELLEN RYALS

May 8, 2021

To The Andrews family,
So sorry to hear of the transition of Mother Va, she was one of a kind, we loved her for her kindness ,love and compassion she had for everyone,we will surely miss her face her testimony in all our Annual services and that voice like no other, but she fought the good fight for so many years the the heartache and the pain, now go on Mother and take your well deserved rest, we love you!!
Bishop Howard E. Artis and the Greater Morning Star Church Family

Shiletha Smith

May 7, 2021

My Dear Sweet Mother Andrews, My heart is so heavy right now, but my joy is knowing that you are at peace. You was such a sweet, caring, loving and giving person ,such an unique person full of wisdom, definitely an example of a Christian Role Model! You was such a lovely person who will be deeply missed by so many. Thank God for the precious memories that will get us through this difficult time. To the Family my thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of grief.
Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Camille Galella

May 7, 2021

My second mom! There will never be enough words to explain how much I loved you! Your support and love will never be forgotten! This world was a better place because you were here! Rest In Peace! Love you and miss you forever! ♥️♥️♥️ Your kid!!!

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Ma, with some of her children

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Always smiling!

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Beautiful

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A beautiful God fearing person

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Bishop & First Lady Andrews

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Always happy

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