February 11, 1929 – February 24, 2021
Our mother Gwendolyn Foster Pace, also known as Sister, Nana, Mama Gwen, Aunt Gwen, Mother, (she would answer to whatever you called her) was born February 11, 1929, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born to Mary Dean Edwards and Jasper Foster: delivered by midwife at home. Weighing in at 2 pounds, she was sent home on a pillow and was not expected to live. She told stories of being so tiny she could fit in a coffee cup. Her dad Jasper’s handkerchiefs were used as diapers. Gwen accepted Christ at an early age and became increasingly knowledgeable in the word of God. She began to attend Church of God in Christ assemblies and was soon filled with the Holy Ghost. By this time she had given birth to three children and became a member of Stop Six Church of God in Christ on Katy Street where Elder L. C. Castleberry was the Senior Pastor. This is where she began to operate as an Usher in the church. As a young teen she became active in church as a Sunday School teacher for the youth. As the years progressed, her relationship with Christ became strong. On July 20, 1951, she married the love of her life Melvin Lee Mackey, and to this union were born five sons and two daughters. To help Dad, Mother took to ironing peoples clothing at home. Later, she went to school and became a cosmetologist and did hair at home at 1615 Birdell Street. She enjoyed being able to help support the family. In 1969, Gwendolyn and Melvin divorced at which time she and seven of her children moved to Lancaster, California. She pressed in with the groups at the church to keep her faith strong. As time went on, she met and married Charles Harris and to this union were born two sons. She became a preschool teacher at Fredrick Douglass Head Start Preschool and also at Desert Blossom Christian School, where she worked under the leadership of the late Elder Grover Lee Talley. She also held positions in the church as a Sunday school teacher, an usher, choir director, president, and on the mother’s board. She was appointed as special advisor to the supervisor, JoAnne Hooks, under direction of Bishop Roy Dixon. She spent her life serving God and she loved gospel music. Shirley Caesar and Mahalia Jackson were among some of her favorite singers. She loved being involved in church, she had a gift of caring for children, and reading the Bible. Her pastimes and hobbies were taking care of children, anybody’s children. It didn’t matter whether it was paid or not; she just loved giving out her warm hugs to anyone who asked. Her favorite color was yellow. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is the light of my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”During her later years she was scrupulously cared for by her daughter, Sharon Mackey and children Malik, Malaya and Malauna Rice.She is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, William, Mary Lousie, Consuela, Elsie Marie, Evva Jean, Lola Faye, Charles, Jerry, Peggy, and her son, Ronald Mackey. Gwendolyn leaves to mourn her children Nathan (Kathy), Jacqueline, Melvin (Lily), Sharon (David), Derrin, Daniel, Marlon (Melisa), and Marcus; and her grandchildren Chenille, Corletta, Brianna, Nikeya, Neleia, Maija, Netra, Charvetta, Melisha, Elainey, Keeley, Jonathan, Melvin Jr., Ronald Jr., Rachelle (Wes), Danelle, Ramone, Demarie’, Malik, Malaya, Malauna, Jaleel, and Ariana, Marlon Jr., Adrianna, Anthony, Tavion, Tavion, Tyree, Isaiah. A host of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and an extensive list of family and friends. To leave digital memories and to view the obituary please visit: joshuamortuary.com
Eternal Valley Memorial Park
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
My fond memories of Aunt Gwen are too numerous to list. She was like a 2nd mother to me, and she loved me as a son. I will never forget her. Foster Family: our prayers are with you during this season. We love you!
March 8, 2021
To my sister in law, Gwen - you were a blessing to our family. I remember all of us as young couples trying to raise our families. The last time we talked just a few years ago, you were the same loving person that I remember. You even called me brother.
Not goodbye...we will meet again.
March 8, 2021
I have so many fond memories of my Aunt Gwen. She always had a big smile and an encouraging word. During our phone conversations and when she would laugh, I could easily visualize how she would hold her bead when she was really tickled. She was a nurturer. She was a mother to all of us and as her niece, I could always feel her love. She and my mother, Mary lovingly referred to each other as ~sister~. I remember them whispering and giggling like two little girls every time they would get together. Even though I miss them both, it warms my heart to envision that they are whispering and giggling again. I love you Auntie Gwen! ~Esther~
March 7, 2021
My beloved aunt Gwen. Thank you for the childhood memories. God graciously blessed us with your strength, love and presence for over 90 years.. Now, He has called you to your real home to be with Him, your siblings and Nannie. Live, love and laugh. Dance like David danced as we celebrate and honor your life and Kingdom work here. May God’s grace and favor continue to shine upon all of us as His grace illuminated you. I wait patiently for the day we will all be together as a family in our Father’s mansion. See you tomorrow in Heaven. ♥️🙏🏽
March 5, 2021
I remember when my grandma would see me and she would say oh how I missed you and i would say but i just seen you a week ago 😂😂 she would always call me and would say hey did you call me and I would say no i didn’t call you nana and she would go into a full blown conversation 😂🤣😂🤣 She loved when I would take her to the goodwill and we would look around and she would pick things out and I wouldn’t want to hurt her feelings but I’m sure she knew i was never wearing those items 🤣🤣🤣one thing I will always remember her by is praising GOD ,cooking , eating ice cream , and the goodwill and showing unconditional Love ❤️ I Love and miss you nana 😭