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Walker Temple AME Celebrates Mother Stringer’s 101st Birthday
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published January 30, 2019

From left are Walker Temple AME Pastor Marvin. L. McKenzie, Sister Delores Jefferson (niece of Mother Stringer); Mother Winnie Stringer; and First Lady Esthela McKenzie. (Courtesy Photo)

The longest serving female member of Walker Temple AME Church marked her 101st birthday with a banquet at the edifice on Jan. 27.

Pastor Marvin L. McKenzie saluted Mother Winnie C. Stringer, who also received tributes from her family, friends and Walker Temple members.

“God has blessed us with Mother Stringer and each day is a testament of His grace and faithfulness, she is God’s jewel and our reminder of a wonderful Creator,” said McKenzie.


A native of Ennis, Texas, Mother Stringer was born January 24, 1918. She joined Walker Temple in 1956 and has served under every pastor since the church was founded. Always eager to share her talents, she held positions as stewardess, deaconess, and chaplain and participated in various choirs.

During her remarks at the celebration, she recalled how she earned 25-cents an hour and “this was enough to buy groceries for my family.”

Looking back on her life, Mother Stringer said, “Everything that I am and everything that I have I owe it to God. I thank God because I can still drive, cook and clean and take care of myself.”

Walker Temple is located at 2525 Trinity St., in Los Angeles. For information, call (213) 747-7454.

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