Reminiscent of pre-pandemic events, the Tuskegee Room of the Proud Bird Event Center was filled to capacity for a brunch hosted by Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary and Inglewood Park Cemetery.
The gathering was held to honor and recognize ministers’ wives and ministers’ widows (MWMW) throughout the greater Los Angeles area. More than 200 people responded to the invitation and enjoyed fine cuisine, uplifting music, special tributes to the presidents of nine MWMW organizations.
“I am blessed to be here today with you all, truly blessed and I want to extend greetings on behalf of all of the staff and personnel of Inglewood Park Cemetery and Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary,” said Rick Miller, CEO/general manager.
“It’s a privilege that we have to serve our community. I also want to extend my appreciation to Dr. Kathye Jenkins and others who served on the committee to get this event organized and relaunched,” added Miller, who noted that the brunch was last held in 2019. Alluding to the pandemic, he said,
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, but it’s been a brief interruption that we all experienced and thank God, it has passed!”
Offering brief remarks, Dr. Jenkins said, “I know God is real. Since the pandemic, the mortuary and cemetery have been completely overwhelmed. I am very appreciative that even though they have been very busy, they still made time for us and I appreciate all of you responding to the invitation.”
Jenkins, who previously served multiple terms as president of the Gardena Valley and Vicinity MWMW, worked closely with the hosts and committee members to organize the brunch. She is also first lady emeritus of Abundant Grace Bible Church in Compton.
The program highlights included a melodic flute rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer” played by Dr. Charles Turner and vocal selections by a quartet comprised of Dr. Rodney Nichols, Dr. Trevor Johnson, the Rev. Darryl Norman and Bro. Xavier Holland. Also, Chris Bennett, known professionally as 12 Sons Media, provided deejay services.
Other participants consisted of Dr. Winford Bell as emcee, Dr. Arvis Jones conducting a musical game and Lady Brenda Dodd acknowledging special guests. Dr. Raymond Santee rendered a prayer of thanksgiving and Dr. Charles Williams offering the benediction.
As the program neared conclusion, the MWMW presidents were recognized with flowers and gifts. The honorees were Lady Yvonne Boston of the Baptist MWMW Union of Los Angeles and Vicinity, Lady Doris Gaddis of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention and MWMW representative, Lady Michelle Jones of the Gardena Valley and Vicinity MWMW, and Lady Hannah Guich of Hawthorne Lawndale Ministerial Association and MWMW representative.
Also honored were Lady Paulette Douglas of Inglewood Area Ministers Association and MWMW representative, Lady Ozie Ree Blackwell of Interdenominational MWMW Council of Los Angeles and vicinity, Lady Henryetta Benton of the Los Angeles District Association MWMW, and Lady Irene Bryant of MWMW of Inglewood and Vicinity.