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It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing away of Mrs Edith Ming, today 06 September 2000. I joined the AME in 1976 and Bishop & Mrs Ming appointed to South Africa accepted my as a son of theirs during my time of trials and tributlation. It has been ever since that they made every effort to make contact with me when in South Africa or when I visited the United States. I shall always remember her for the encouragement she she gave and the inspiration in song ... I'm Somebody. I pray that God will indeed continue to be with Bishop Ming during his time of testing and that he will have a new song to sing to the glory of the Lord. Free at last ...

Rev & Mrs Clive Pillay & Family Alto Mae AME Church Maputo Mocambique

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000


I also have just learned of the passing of a great mother of our Zion. She provided support and leadership to the 6th district for the past eight years and we hold her in the highest esteem. I am at a lost to express the sadness of this news, but now we can only pray for strength for Bishop Ming.

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

Connectional Church Mourns Passing of 1st District Supervisor

Sept. 6, 2000 - Ms. Edith White Ming, Episcopal Supervisor of the First District and beloved spouse of its leader, Bishop Donald George Kenneth Ming, passed away this week after a period of illness.

Ms. Ming has long been a stalwart of the church. A native of Pennsylvania, she graduated with honors from Mill Creek township High School, and attended Temple University School of Music. Ms. Ming received a B.S. degree and pursued graduate studies.

A gifted musician, Ms. Ming was in great demand as a pianist, organist, and vocalist. She was also a consultant in musical matters, and she contributed many selections to the AME hymnal.

Ms. Ming had been affiliated with the AME Church Commission on Worship and Liturgy, a member of Church Women United, American Guild of Organists, NAACP, the Association of University Women, and Music Educators National Conference.

The body of Ms. Ming will be viewed in Atlanta this week at Big Bethel AME. Funeral Services are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11 at Big Bethel. Follow-on services in the First District will be announced.

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

Source for Bibliographical information: The Bicentennial Celebration yearbook of the First Episcopal District, 1987

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

I will forever remember Mrs Ming. I remember so well the day they set foot in Cape Town, South AFrica. The Welcome Services and reception was held at Bethel Memorial AME Church. Bishop and Mrs Ming had a love and sincere interest for the youth of the 15th Episcopal District. The youth was revived and re-energized under the leadership of Mrs Ming. Mrs Ming taught us songs, I'm somebody, Walk in the spirit, talk in the spirit, in everything that you do, do it in the spirit the holy spirit of God. She encouraged us in so many different ways. I will never forget the anthem that she taught a mass chior of more than 1000 voices, "I sought the Lord and He heard me, yea he delivered me out of all my fears". I saw Mrs Ming at the General Conference in Ohio and was delighted to spend a few hours with her just walking the halls. When I look back on it, I truely believe that she was saying farewell. I am saddened today about The passing of Mrs Ming, but in my heart I celebrate her life with thanksgiving to God for such a wonderful gift He shared with us. She always stood for that which was right and was not afraid to express it. She did not demand anybody to love her, to be loyal to her, or demand them to get along with her to be their friend. She had standards and convictions about what was right or wrong. Mrs Ming was educated, talented, and gifted in so many ways yet she was approachable, humble, and loved everybody as her brother or sister no matter what their status in life was. Mrs Ming loved and feared God, Her heart was fully devoted to Christ. She spoke with wisdom, She was discreet, She honored her husband and found her Work to be a Joy. I know she has found favor with God

Thanks be to God for Roses rare For skies so blue and sunshine fair For every gift I raise a prayer Thanks be to God, Thanks be to God For all the Joy that now is mine Thanks be to God

I dedicate this to the loving memory of Mrs Edith Ming. Rest in Peace

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Edith White Ming. The leadership she provided with the WMS in the 6th Episcopal District was tremendous. I pray that God will forever keep Bishop Ming in his care at all times but especially during his time of sorrow and that he will continue to hold the memories of his dear Edith in his heart.... Brenda L. Young & Family - Townsley Chapel AME Church - Savannah, Georgia

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

In the span of time life brings both sorrows and joy. Today's news of the passing of Mother Edith White Ming from labor to reward, moves me as one of the greatest sorrows in my life. Bishop and Mother Ming are my Episcopal Parents and her lost shall be felt by all who knew her. Hers was a 'multitudiness' ministry repslendid with grace, charm and wisdom. We shall forever miss her God given gift to 'tangibilatate' the love of the Almighty in every season and session of African Methodism. My prayers are with my brothers and sisters of the First District and most especially to Bishop Donald G.K. Ming. God's grace strengthen and keep you.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Ming and Bishop Ming at a wedding in Atlanta in 1999 and I must say they were delightful. Mrs. Ming played the organ with a power and grace that could not be matched. You could see and feel her passion when you played the piano. I attended the Recording for Rev. Roderick Belin's album and she accompanied him on a few of the songs this past May and once again you could feel her passion come forth. I looked forward to her as our Episcopal Supervisor because I had always heard everyone refer to her as "Mother Ming" because of her Spiurit and passion. I can envision her in Glory playing the pianom with that same passion and vigor. God Bless and Keep Bishop MIng. Mother MIng is in His rest where there is peace, joy, and happines.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

Sis. Leticia Washington and I mourn the loss of Mrs. Ming. We would like to send our heartfelt sorrow out to Bishop Ming and his family. May God keep you in perfect peace.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

The first time I met Mrs. Ming, I she played the piano for a World Methodist Council meeting at Lake Junaluska almost 20 years ago. I was immediately her Number One fan... not only because of her wonderful musical expertise, but because her beautiful spirit was reflected in her music. It has been a joy to call Bishop and Mrs. Ming special friends for many years through our World Methodist Council association. I will never forget her admonition to "press on!" We pray that God will be especially near and dear to Bishop Ming during this time of such great loss and sadness. The words of a song come to mind, "Sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry... sometimes we dream together of how it will be when we all get to heaven... God's Family!" (And Mrs. Ming would say... Press On!) Linda Greene, World Methodist Council, Lake Junaluska, NC

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

After serving Mother Ming and Bishop Ming for 8 years, my heart is heavy with grief. African Methodism has lost a great solider in the building of God's Kingdom here on earth. Mother was a prefect example of how to live your life for Jesus. She preached and lived a life of LOVE. She will be deeply missed and our prayers go out to Bishop Ming that God will give him courage to keep his head up and continue to be a great encourager of the work. I can still hear Mother Ming say "PRESS ON".We will PRESS ON for Jesus sake.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000


Norman K. Willis and Family Antioch AME Church Stone Mountain

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

"Who you are is revealed in what you do, and what you do reveals what you really believe". Bishop and Mother Ming are my episcopal parents also and Mother Ming was always encouraging to my wife, daughters, and I, Bishop Ming, my families prayers are with you, and for your personal meditation let me suggest 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18. Bishop Ming, may God Bless you and keep you...The Vance Family

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

To all of our friends and members of the 1st Episcopal District, we offer our sympathy to you and to Bishop Ming at this most trying time. We have lost a stalwart AME Christian Woman. My God's blessing continue to be with each of you and Bishop Ming. God never makes a mistake. We just have to trust and believe his word when he said he would be with us.

Frank and Marguerite - formerly of the 1st Episcopal Districe -now of the 6th Episcopal District,

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

It is with great human sadness and much spiritual joy to learn that Heaven has a new angel. When I served as WMS Episcopal Public Relations Director from 1988-1992, I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Ming. Her human touch and sensitive heart is what I remember most. She adored her husband and would always remind me to bring him some Florida mangos, whenever I'd attend a Connectional meeting. During one of her stays in Florida, she purchased a beautiful crystal elephant for me - a symbol of our college sisterhood as members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. I will cherish it as a token of her Christian touch. But what I remember most, was her kindness and the affection that Mrs. Cousin and Mrs. Cummings felt towards her. Bishop Ming, in your hour of sadness - Jesus wept - on Zion - Praise God, for Heaven has another angel.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

We are saddened to learn of the death of Edith White Ming. Our prayers and deep sympathy are extended to her husband,The Right Reverend Donald George Kenneth Ming and their family members.

Mrs. Ming will be remembered for her many leadership contributions thoughout World Methodism, as a member of the World Methodist Council's, "Order Of Jerusalem", and for serving a five year term as President of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. Mrs. Ming's presence and participation always produced a joyful note. One of her favorite expressions was, "Press On".

May her soul be at peace, as she meets our loving Saviour. Her days of labor here are ended, but her great Christian outreach will be long remembered.

Frances M. Alguire President, World Methodist Council

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

My Aunt Edith has been called home to be with the Lord. We think about the scripture verse that says, "Take no thought for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself" (NIV), and as I reflect on this particular verse, I am reminded of the time spent with her a few days ago, when I visited her and my Uncle Donald at their beautiful home in Atlanta on Wednesday, 30th August, 2000. Shocked and sadden to here of her passing, only days after I returned back home to Bermuda. My Aunt was a wonderful and cheerful person.

The death of people whom we love; Brings sorrow and deep pain But if our loved one knows the Lord; Our loss becomes their gain

To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.

Uncle Donald I'm praying for you. Be strong and hold on to God's Unchanging Hand.

Love always Your niece Josette

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2000

our prayers goes out to Bishop Ming and the Frist Episcopal District for the untimely death of Mrs. Ming.

Rev. Alfred D, E. Mae, Alicia D, Davida A and the Philip R. Cousin African methodist Episcopal church, Miami, Florida

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

To Bishop Ming, the family, members and friends of the First Episcopal District I offer condolences in the death of Mrs. Edith White Ming. Mrs. Ming has left those of us to whom she ministered through music a legacy of hope and joy in creative expression. I pray that we will continue to "PRESS ON" as we recall the enthusiastic manner she ministered to us. "When He cometh to pick up His jewels .....His loved and His own...." "Oh the joy of meeting Jesus!!!!" May God keep you. Yours in Christ Jesus, Lillie Major Saint-Fort - of the Seventh Episcopal District formerly of the First Episopal District.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

It is with great regret and sympathy to the Ming family that I send my spiritual condolescene.

The University of North West AME Campus Ministry ( Republic of South Africa) hereby wish to register in deep sorrow for the passsing away of such a greater leader.

God bless the AME Church

1st Vive President UNW AMECM

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Never shall we forget EDITH WHITE MING. She shall live on in her music through worship, song and praise.We sing to the Lord with Joy and Thankgiving and Praise Him for the life of Mother Ming. As our Father and Mother in the Ministry,Bishop and Mother Ming allowed God to use them to touch our lives in an extraordanary way. They provided us with a once in a life time opportunity to study in the USA. Mother Ming will always be remembered for her poetic letters of encouragement. As a true mother, she would always show love and concern and go the extra miles. Our lost is heaven's gain, but oh how richer we are because God allowed us to be touched by an angel. Our prayers are with Bishop Ming at this time. May God comfort you and grant you His peace.

Your son and daughter in Missions and Ministry

Rev.Gregory J. West & Jennifer Hartman-West, Sheldon & Erin-Joy. Cape Town, South Africa

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

It is with great sadness that I learned of the Passing of Mrs. Edith W. Ming.

I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Ming as a Connectional Officer in the Young People's Division. She always gave me great words of encouragement.

In May of 1999 while traveling in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to visit with Bishop and Mrs. Ming in their beautiful home. We had a wonderful conversation about the AME Church and the need for retaining and developing the talents of our youth and young adults.

After delivering the President's Address at the Quadrennial Convention , Mrs. Ming was the first person to congratulate me on a job well done -- and she whispered to me Continue to PRESS ON!

Thank you GOD for giving to the Church and the World a Lady of Grace, Love, Kindness, Strength and Music. She played in our hearts as she lived and we will remember her as she plays in the Kingdom.


-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Edith Ming was one of the most remarkable women I have had the privilege of knowing. Again and again in various parts of the world, I have been profoundly moved by her musical interpretations of the great hymns of the Faith as she played for World Methodist Council events. When we faced serious illness in our family, Edith sent me a copy of the hymn, "He Giveth More Grace," which meant the world to me, because that was what I saw in her life. As I have read and re-read those words, I always think of her trademark phrase, "Press On!"

Joe Hale, General Secretary, World Methodist Council

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Earth's loss is truly Heaven's gain... It is with sadness that I learn & contenplate the passing of Sister Edith Ming. I never actually met her however I saw she & Bishop Ming at the Lay Conference in Philadelphia back in July and was so impressed with their sparkle & commentary that my intentions were to write to them as soon as I returned home. That never happened, so she will never know that one little christian lady from Bethel/Milford, DE was truly proud, impressed and looking forward to their Episcopal direction as they bring forth to the 1st District direction from God.

My prayer is for the strength and peace of the Bishop and their family, for this personal loss is felt by multitudes, and God is yet with us and blessing us. It is also hoped that somehow the quality of their lives together be magnified and that the separation be minimized by the love and caring they were able to have during their physical time spent together. I will never forget the sparkle they had when Bishop Ming introduced "His Edith". May God have the Glory in this decision.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Bishop Ming, the family and friends. We are praying for your continued strength through this trying time....May God's strength be made perfect in you all.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Bishop Ming, Please know that our prayers are with you and your family in your hours of bereavement. May you know that "weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning". The entire Jackson-Greenwood District of the East Mississippi Conference in the Eighth Episcopal District AME Church

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

When we learned of the death of Edith Ming I felt a deep sense of personal loss.

A great man once said that there were a few people so special they should live forever and Edith Ming was one of these.

Through our years of association in the World Methodist Council, Edith's warm, giving spirit always brightened every gathering in which she was present and her encouragement to "press on" will always be an inspiration to all of us.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Bishop Ming and all their loved ones in this time of grief.

Edna Alsdurf, Assistant Treasurer, World Methodist Council

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

My husband and I were adopted by the then Rev and Mrs Donald Ming in 1969, when we joined Allen AME. They followed up through the ups and downs of life. Although God did not give Mrs Ming birth children, she was a mother to many. Her caring, wisdom and humor touched the hearts of coutless people. The world has lost a special person. Our prayers go out to Bishop Ming as he tries to cope with the loss of his best friend. Carrie Bacon, Gabrielle, Nicole and Kristina

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

To Bishop Ming and Family,

We have you in our prayers during your hours of sorrow. Our reflects on the warmth of Mother Ming, her smiles, her being considerate. We surely believe that she is enjoying with the Lord, the love she shared with others and all those she came into contact with. Rev. Dr. Fred C. And Rev. Pretty M. Harrison Mabopane Republic of South Africa.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

So sorry to hear of Mother Ming's passing. Bishop Ming: Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The Colemans, 6th Episcopal District, Eastern District

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Sis. Edith White Ming. She was indeed a Great Woman of God, a gifted musician and composer, and devoted wife. We at Streams of Light Ministries, Bermuda, extend to Bishop Ming, our sincere condolences, but our sadness is tampered with joy, as we await that great resurrection morn, at the return of Jesus our Conquering King, when the faithful will be raised, and we will again be united with Sis. Ming.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever". Psm. 23:6

Bishop Ming, may God's peace be with you in your time of sorrow.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Re: The Late Mrs Edith White Ming, It is with profound sorrow that I write regrading such a Beautiful Lady as Mrs. Ming. She touched so many lives with her smile and the Great Gift God gave her with her Music. I love to take pictures and she was always ready to smile and never once acted like it was a bother. I will remember her as always having time to talk as if she know you. I introduced myself to her again at the Annual Lay Meeting in Philadelphia and was really looking forward to working with her. She said that whereever her and Bishop were sent they always worked very closely with the Lay and as Third Vice President of the district that would have been a Blessing. The lost of one so precious has been felt throughout the World. I did get the chance to tell her and Bishop Ming that my Brother and his wife were the first wedding proformed at Mt. Zion , Dover, De. To God be the Glory. May his peace confort Bishop Ming at this time. Edna M. sharp

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Although I did not know Mother Ming by one-on-one conversation, she left you with a warm and protected feeling when in her presence. It was a delight to have been graced by her charmistic character. I pray that Bishop Ming, Pastors Kenneth and Cassandra Marcus and all of her friends that are experiencing sorrow know can FEEL her smile and the resounding words of PRESS ON carry them through the misty days ahead.

In addition, I pray that my granddaughter, NiTasha, who had the pleasure of rendering a lithurgical dance in her honor this past year, can felt or sensed the holy spirit that dwelled in Mother Ming. The song if I can help somebody along the way is a definite tribute to Mrs. Ming.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

We are deeply sadden by the passing of Mother Edith White Ming, our immediate past Episcopal Supervisor. She was truly a great and humble woman and Supervisor. The world know that she was a multi-talented person, a very gracious lady. Always approachable with a kind word of encouragment for every weary traveler. Our prayers and sympathy is extended to Bishop Donald George Kenneth Ming(97) and Family in times like these. Mrs. Ming will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She taught us that whatever we do, always do it to the glory of God. We shal "PRESS ON" Mother Ming. See you in the Morning.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Although we had not had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Ming in person, reading the many responses on this forum, and having heard of her accomplishments, we know what she meant to the Districts she served and to the AME Church worldwide. We are praying for the family and for the connection. Reverend Alton E. Paris and the congregation of the Macedonia AME Church of Kaufman Texas

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Bishop Ming, you are in our prayers. Sixth Epispocal (Eastern) District.

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2000

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Edith White Ming. She was a very pleasant lady and a tremendous muscician. I remember hearing her play on the newly intstalled pipe organ at the Brookins Community AME Church,Los Angeles, in ?1993. As she approached the instrument her face lit up. Then she sat down with such excitement and literally caressed the keys with her fingers and the pedals with her feet. Then she leaned back, closed her and played that pipe organ with gentle exuberance. I can still envision her body peacefully rocking and swaying as she played.

God be with you Bishop Ming as you live out these days in the aftermath of your wife's passing

Latisha Stewart Smith

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

We are saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Ming who was our Episcopal Supervisor until this past July. Our heartfelt sympathy to Bishop Ming and family on their lost. Mrs. Ming touched lives whereever she went and we are truly thankful that she touched ours. Bishop Ming, we pray for the Lord's strength for you during this difficult time.

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

We are saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Ming who was our Episcopal Supervisor until this past July. Our heartfelt sympathy to Bishop Ming and family on their lost. Mrs. Ming touched lives whereever she went and we are truly thankful that she touched ours. Bishop Ming, we pray for the Lord's strength for you during this difficult time. Sixth Episcopal District, Southwest Georgia Conference, Eastern District

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

Oh, how sad we all are at the loss of a Great Missionary, a Dear Friend to many, and a Devoted and Dedicated Woman of God. I along with others will forever cherish the memory of Edith White Ming, for her music that filled our hearts, the love she had for her husband, and family, the love she often expressed for the AME Church, and most of all her constant encouragement to Press ON!! My prayers are for Bishop Ming, her Sisters...Sis. Norris, Sis. Lofton, her brother, Bro. White and his wife and other family members, and tell you to look to the hills from whence will come your help and strength to PRESS ON!! God Bless.

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

Our thoughts are not the Lords. Our thoughts would be to Keep Mrs. Ming with us for ever, but God knows best. Absent from the boby, present with the Lord. My prayers are with you.Marilyn Walters, 4th Dist. lay person.

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

A Tree among us has fallen. It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Mrs. Ming. Mrs. Ming was a great individual who had a big influence on me and my development and growth in Afrian Methodism over the past four years. She had a nice little way of give people and "edge" to "press on" and move from the background to out in the fore front, most especially in the Young People's Division of Georgia. On behalf of the YPDers of the Sain Peter AME Church-Fort Valley, GA and the Macong Georgia Annual Conference, we extend our regrets to Bishop Ming and the family of Bishop and Mrs. Ming.

Mrs. Edith White Ming, you will truly be missed.

Ashley Ballard

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

I was just a junior in high school when the Rev. Donald G. Ming presented his lovely new bride to his congregation at Mt. Zion in Dover,Delaware. The profound influence that those two working together had on the development of my spiritual life as well as my professional life(supporting me in every way while attending Wilberforce Univ.) has allowed me to evolve into the committed christain and educator I am today. I thank God for the life and work of Mrs. Ming while here among us. May she rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon her. May the peace of God be with Bishop Ming at this most sorrowful time. Signed: "Son" Stephen D. Waters Charlottesville, Virginia

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

When I think of Mother Ming, I remember a loving, gracious, caring person. I was truely saddened by her passing. We all must continue to lift Bishop Ming up in our prayers. PRESS ON, Bishop. Florence A. Bankston, 6th Episcopal District

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die." Bishop Ming and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Francine E. Tucker (Steward Chapel A.M.E.; Macon, GA) Kenneth & Sonja Cooke and Family (Suwanee Parish United Methodist; Suwanee, GA); Ganiyu and Philippi Lawal and Family (Trinity A.M.E.; Atlanta, GA) Samela Tucker-Reid and Family (Trinity A.M.E.; Atlanta, GA)

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2000

Heaven is indeed happy today with the presence of Mrs. Edith White Ming. Mrs. Ming was indeed an angel here on earth. Her mere presence sent an unbelievable radiance that embraced all of mankind/womankind. It was a joy to have known her. As a former YPD President of the 6th Episcopal District YPD, who served under the direct leadership of Bishop Donald G. K. Ming and his queely wife, Edith, I express my sympahty to the entire Ming family by quoting her most favorite and eloquently spoken words, ..."Press On!" May God Richly Bless You is my prayer. The Hughley Family of Thomaston, GA.

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

The Sixth Episcopal District Women's Missionary Society and Young People's Division mourns the death of Mrs. Edith White Ming. We know that she loved the Lord in words and deeds. We pray that the Lord with continue to strengthen Bishop Ming during this difficult time.

On behalf of Bishop and Mrs. Frank Curtis Cummings, we offer of sincere condolence to the family. We will keep you in prayer.

Shirley T. Washington WMS District President

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

Sympathy and expressions of love are extended to the family of the late Mrs. Edith White Ming. The Ming team was a dymanic ecumenical team in the Sixth Episcopal District during their tenure here. As immediate past president of the Atlanta-North GA Copnference WMS, I would like to send this form of expression to show my condolence to the entire Ming Family. May God's riches blessings be with you during this sad hour. Mrs. Ming will forever be remembered by me and those whose lives she touched within my extended family.

Mrs. Lillian Isom-Roberts of Atlanta, Georgia. Flipper Temple AMEC.

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal...It is with great saddness to hear of Mrs. Edith Ming's passing. To my Bishop of the First District, you have my prayers that God will strengthen you during your time of breavement. May God continue to Bless you and keep you in good health. Joann Brown, Mt. Zion A.M.E, Dover, DE

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

We too, pray God's power and strength for the family of Mrs. Ming. May God's richest blessings be always with Bishop Ming.

florence j. warren & family Director of Lay Activities, SED Lay Organization St. Stephen A. M. E. Church Wilmington, N. C.

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

The members of Sigma Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. wish to extend our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mrs. Edith Ming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

I am deeply saddened by Mrs. Edith White Ming's death. She was an inspiration to me. She was a wonderful person who exemplied her love for the Lord through her dedication to all components of the church.

I loved Mrs. Ming and I know she loved me. I will always cherish the memories.

Connie Brothers 8th District.

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2000

We too join the connectional church in sending our condolences to Bishop Ming on the passing away of Supervisor Edith White Ming. WE ARE SOMEBODY'S because of your leadership. The young adults of the 19th Episcopal District pray to God to give Mrs Ming eternal rest and that Bishop Ming should wait upon the Lord who shall renew his strength. Our hearts go out to you Bishop Ming and the people of the 1st Episcopal District.

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2000

Bishop Ming, May God Bless you and keep you strong and bring comfort to your sorrowing heart. He will do this in many ways by the presense and kindness of dear ones and friends, expressions of love and concern from those of us who share our sorrow through words of sympathy and through His WORD! Isaiah 41:10 states: "Do not fear, for I am with you... I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." So when you weep, weep tears of joy - because Mrs. Ming is in heaven playing the beautiful music that we all loved to hear.

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2000

Sept. 11, 2000

To: Bishop Donald G-K Ming and The Family of Mrs. Edith White Ming:

During this moment of silence and loss, I pray that God will strenghten each of you day by day. We know that God makes no mistake he wants the best roses for his rose garden. And Edith White Ming, was indeed one of God's best roses. May the memories and music of our beloved Mother Ming, always play tunes of joy and remembrance of her love of helping someone along the way.

I thank God for opportunity to have known such a woman of God and pray mightly that her life will as an example to us all. May the family have the peace of Jesus during this moment of breavement.

Mrs. Patricia D. Wilder, Episcopal Director of C.E. - 6th Episcopal District of Georgia & Jackson Chapel A.M.E. Church of Washington, GA; Pastor, Rev. Christopher Andrews

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2000

It is with great regret and deepest sympathy that the First Episcopal District has lost its Supervisor, Mother Ming. I was looking forward to meeting my new Supervisor at the next Delaware Annual Conference. This is indeed a great shock to me. Bishop Ming, on behalf of the Pastor, Rev. Daylan K. Greer Sr., Officers, and members of Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Millsboro, DE, we extend our sincere condolences and prayers to you our new Bishop, and your family.

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2000

Our hearts were saddened by the passing of Mrs. Ming. Our prayers and love are with Bishop Ming and the Family. May you find comfort in the Love of Christ, and in knowing that her life has touched so many in such a special way.

Valerie Gary Bell Lay Member-General Board Second Episcopal District First A.M.E. Church, Manassas VA

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

Mother Edith White Ming, though sadly missed, made the kind of impact on the lives of certain individuals she touched that transcends time, space, and circumstances. I am one of those persons. She graciously accepted, encouraged, and supported the "me" she came to know. I could not refer to her by any other title than "Mother." Upon the occasion of their Farewell Celebration at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for the Macon Georgia Annual Conference, June 2000, these are the last sentences from the tribute I was privileged to give-- "Bishop & Mother Ming: We pray your strength, we applaud your work, and all the things you've done To help us continue in our stride to get the victory won. We love you both, you'll always have, places deep within our hearts, and please remember Bishop and Mother, Our paths are sure to cross. As you move onward and upward on your journey to give of all that's best. For here in the Macon Georgia Conference, we feel, we've done our best. To say, "thank you," Good Tidings, things we were taught at the Master's behest. Therefore, God Speed, Cheer, Hail! Press On, Press On, Press On!. My spouse Dr. W. Ray Hill, the members of St. Phillip AMEC, Griffin, Ga., the Fort Valley State University (where two consecutive State Leadership Conferences were held), and my sisters and brothers at large, extend sincere condolences to Bishop Ming and family in these hours of sorrow. Sincerely, Myldred

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

Words cannot express the pain I felt (and still feel) as the result of Mrs. Ming's death. I keep remembering the many times she encouraged me with the words "Press On" - sometimes through written correspondence and other times through spoken words. I keep remembering how she taught me (very gently) how to be an effecient Annual Conference Secretary by critiquing the minutes and making all the necessary corrections in information, grammar, sentence structure and all. She made sure that each person who earned the right to be listed in the minnutes was listed. I am thankful to God that I had an opportunity to let her know this past Annual Conference, before she and Bishop left the Sixth Episcopal District, how much I appreciated her for her guidance in this area.

She was a real blessing to me during my recent illness. Always making sure she encouraged me in so many ways. Her attention to my needs played a major role in my healing process.

Then, in my ministry. What a blessing Bishop and Mrs. Ming were to me. They gave me so many opportunites to exercise the gifts that God has given me. I do realize that Bishop Ming, as Bishop - directed by God, had the final say in my promotions in this Great Zion, however I could always see the sincere approval and happiness each time I received an assignment or a promotion. Under this great "Ming Team" I was able to leave my secular employment as an Administrative Assistant in the School System and serve the Church in full-time ministry, as I was blessed with the appointment to The Wrens Chapel AME Church where I served seven years - then - before they left GA - I was blessed as Bishop Ming appointed me the first female Presiding Elder in the State of Georgia. As I received the appointment, I shall always remember the joy on Mrs. Ming's face as she stood and embraced me with a warm hug. At the General Conference in Cincinnati, she encouraged me to do well - to "Press On". I shall strive to make sure I never disappoint her and Bishop Ming.

I am hurt, very hurt. Yet I believe Mrs. Ming is still smiling and still in her spirit saying "Press On - for it is Well With My Soul."

Bishop Ming has my utmost appreciation, love and prayers. I wish to encourage Him as his "Dear Edith" encouraged us, "PRESS ON" - God still has plans for your life. Not to hurt you but to do you good, to prosper you, to give you hope, and to give you a future.(Jeremiah 29:11)

Presiding Elder Ella Mae Smiley Sixth Episcopal District/Augusta Georgia Annual Conference/Augusta- Athens Presiding Elder District

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

It was with great sorrow that the Illinois learned of Mrs. Mings home going on the opening day of our annual confreence. Her duet with our fomer first lady- Mother Beverly Thpmas at the General Confrence will alwasy play in our hearts over and over.

May God bless the Ming family with his comfort and peace at this time

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

Bishop Ming, It is with sincere regret that we, too mourn the passing of Mrs. Ming. She was a mighty person. You have our deepest sympathy. We pray that God will hasten the easing of your pain and that you will continue to "PRESS ON" in His mighty name.

Rev. Dr. & Mrs. George R. La Sure and the First A.M.E. Church of Athens, GA.

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

I am saddened at the passing of Mrs. Ming. My prayers are with you Bishop Ming and I know God will give you the strength to make it through this difficult time. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Bishop Ming and his family in the loss of Mrs. Ming. May the peace of God be with you. Joanne Wilson, 6th Episcopal District, South Conference, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Albany, Georgia.

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

It is with great sadness deep within my heart that I have learnt the death of Mother Edith W Ming. "Servant of God well done, Rest from thy loved employ. the ballte fought the victry won, Enter thy masters joy." with these words I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Bishop Ming and the Family. Mother Ming will always be remembered by us of the 15th Episcopal District by the song "I am Somebody". May God give all the strength when you feel weak and alone, and remember that Jesus does cre for you. May her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Delorez Witbooi and the entire Witbooi family. 15th Episcopal District, Namibia Annual Conference

-- Anonymous, September 13, 2000

It is with great sadness deep within my heart that I have learnt the death of Mother Edith W Ming. "Servant of God well done, Rest from thy loved employ. the ballte fought the victry won, Enter thy masters joy." with these words I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Bishop Ming and the Family. May God give all the strength when you feel weak and alone, and remember that Jesus does cre for you. May her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Delorez Witbooi and the entire Witbooi family. 15th Episcopal District, Namibia Annual Conference

-- Anonymous, September 13, 2000

Dear Bishop Ming & Family

"Servant of God well done, Rest from thy loved employ. the baltte fought the victry won, Enter thy masters joy." with these words I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Bishop Ming and the Family. May God give all the strength when you feel weak and alone, and remember that Jesus does cre for you. May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Delorez Witbooi and the entire Witbooi family. 15th Episcopal District, Namibia Annual Conference.

-- Anonymous, September 13, 2000

Bishop Ming and family, we are praying for you. We thank God for the blessings of comfort, peace, and love which he bestowes on those who live in him. Rev. Beatrice Edwards and Mt. Sinai A.M.E. Church, LaPlata Maryland

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2000

If there is anything such thing as a lady of class, grace, dignity,intelligience, compassion and many other adjectives that could fill an entire page, that was Edith White Ming. Having served under the leadership of Bishop and Mrs. Ming during there tenure in the Eighth District I must say Mrs. Ming was always a source of inspiration, encouragement and support to me. It was during some trying times when her "press on" message help me move forward. To Bishop Ming our prayers are with you! PRESS ON!

-- Anonymous, September 15, 2000

We give our expressions of deepest sympathy. We pray that you will continue to "Press On". Love, The Augusta Georgia Conference, Wrens Area Y.P.D., Terri L. Kelly,Wrens Area Y.P.D. Director,and Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church,Waynesboro, Georgia

-- Anonymous, September 15, 2000

Our prayer's and thanksgiving to you and family comes with wings of comfort, that the Lord continue to be the pillar of light that shines the way to our peace. May your joy continue to be complete in Jesus.

MOQ(Men Of Quinn Fellowship Minitry), Pres. Dr. Melvin Heard Advicing Clergy - Rev. C.I.Spencer, Sr. Quinn Chapel AMEC, Chicago 4th ED Pastor T.M. Higginbothan

-- Anonymous, September 18, 2000

I am deeply saddened by the death of Mother Edith White Ming (Mom). She was my inspiration; she was my joy; and she was my hope for tomorrow.

I thank God for lending us one of His beautiful flowers from His garden. Mother Ming has been a part of our lives for a short time. She has been a delight to all of us. She will always be remembered by her tireless efforts, her encouragement for us to "Press On," and to continue the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Our prayers and love are with you, Bishop Ming and the Family, and the people of the 1st Episcopal District.

The memories I have of Mother Ming will never, ever die. They will always live on forever in my heart.

Bishop Ming, keep the faith and hold on the God's unchanging hands. Know that the Lord, He is God and He's too wise and too just to ever make a mistake. Always look to the hills from which cometh your help. Bishop Ming, always find comfort in the Lord Jesus. He will always take care of you. Bishop Ming, we know that you loved your "Edith", but, be at peace in knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I keep remembering the many times Mother encouraged me with the words "Press On" - sometimes through written correspondence and other times through spoken words. She was always a blessing to me. When I had surgergy in 1999 Mother Ming was lifting me up to the Lord in prayers and encouraging me to "Press On" and keep the faith. She has made a great impact on my life. She will never be forgotten.

Mrs. Eva Lowery, Wrens Area Chairperson, & Creative Arts Chairperson of the 6th Episcopal District of Georgia & Greater St. Matthew A. M. E. Church of Louisville, Georgia, Pastor, Rev. David Walker

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2000

May faith sustain you, May hope strengthen you, May God continue to comfort you, Bishop Ming in your loss. You are in our prayers.

Rev's Andrew & Margaret Simm; Greene Chapel AME, Salter Chapel AME; Western New Orleans - Baton Rouge District 8th Episcopal District

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2000

I am blessed to have known Mrs. Edith Ming. She was a very special person. Her encouragements and words of praise will forever remain in my memory. She will be missed. Bishop Ming, my prayer is that you will continue to gain the strength for the journey that is ahead. Be Blessed!

Sis. Reba Williams & Family, First A.M.E. Church, Athens, GA

-- Anonymous, September 20, 2000

We are sad to hear about the passing away with Mother Edith Ming, and wish to encourage Bishop Donalg G K Ming and family to be strong in the Lord. Bishop and Mother Ming came to Namibia in 1976, a time of apartheid in southern Africa! Everybody agrees that they lifted the entire 15th Episcopal District, and gave us back our sense of identity. Yes, he preach on themes of liberation and freedom and she sung "I am somebody". They taught us that, "if it's to be, it's up to me". The Mings built more churches in their term of office that no other Bishop could repeat. The Mings respected local leadership and teamed up with us. Whatever projects and programs they touch, one could see God's finger prints on it. The number of children they took for tertiary education in the USA has never been equalled! The 15th Episcopal District and especially the Namibia Annual Conference are proud to have been associated with Bishop and Mother Ming. We memorialised Mother Ming's life in the Memorial Service of the Namibia Annual Conference millennium session that was held from September 5 - 10, 2000 at the Bethel Memorial AME Church, Luderitz. They are the only, the only couple on the Episcopacy that kept coming back to Africa, that continued their interest and work in Africa beyond their official quadrennial. Look at Bishop Donald G K Ming's involvement in the new Wilbeforce institute, raising funds from the US government to rebuild this dream / vision. Look at their involvement in Namibia, the number of Awards and honorary degrees awarded to the founding fathers and mothers (even an honorary degree to our National President, Dr. Sam Nujoma!). We stand on God' promise, for God is not a human to lie, that surely, surely like Jesus Christ resurrected from the death, also Mother Edith W Ming will be resurrected, and believe you me, it will not be the trumpet sound for her, but the harmonious music of the organ, that will put life back in her. Through Faith, I believe that! Be strong, Bishop Ming, again I say, be strong in the Lord! Rev. Willem Simon Hanse PURITY AME Church Namibia Annual Conference 15th Episcopal District

-- Anonymous, September 23, 2000

I met Mother Edith Ming following the period I served as a missionary with the Late Bishop Frank Madison Reid, Jr. and Mrs. Irene B. Reid in the 14th Episcopal District. Years later, while working on a project at Clark Atlanta University I had occasion to call Mother Ming and left a message. When I called back and she came to the phone, I began with the usual, "You probably don't remember me," she remarked, "but I do." And she did! Like others, I am stunned by our loss, but encouraged by her subsequent note following our telephone conversation, to PRESS ON. And I will! In closing, my heart goes out to Bishop Ming, but as they say in Liberia, "We loved her, but God loved her best."

Beverlee Bruce

-- Anonymous, September 24, 2000

Although I, personally, did not have the privilege of knowing Mother Ming for very long, I came to know that it doesn't take long to recognize sincerity and truth and love--qualities of this angel who was called from labor to reward. Mother Ming was an inspiration all of us at St. Paul A.M.E. in Valdosta, Georgia. Our heartfelt prayers are offered for Bishop Ming, who must find the strength to go on without his beloved Mother Ming and for all of us who must keep striving to please God as she did. In the words of Michael Fink, "O God, my thanks to You, I raise For those whose lives have touched my days-- For parents, teachers, and others who Provided me with glimpses of You. I thank You for the lips that taught Me reverence in word and thought-- For tender words whose full embrace Instilled esteem and hope and grace. So let me from this day begin To show the gratitude within By living in such helpful ways That I will touch another's days."

We can speak volumes in tribute to Mother Ming, but what really matters most is what we do to bring peace, love, beauty, and truth to the world. She did, and only what we do for Christ will last.

-- Anonymous, September 25, 2000

she was a great lady, she truely gonna be miss. She set a great example for me..

-- Anonymous, November 01, 2000

Mrs. Ming was a great lady with trmendous faith. No matter how bad things got she will always say "PRESS ON" in the way only she can say. As a young preacher lots of things came up. the problem with me being to young to be admited to the annual conference. And when i thought things could not get any worse. she came to me and said what ever god has ordained to be it will be. and i took those words and as she said "PRESS ON" and I kept going.

So Bishop Ming take the words of sweet sweet Edith Ming and "PRESS ON".


-- Anonymous, February 08, 2001

I am deeply sorry for the passing of our God-Mother). I loved her dearly and she will always live within our hearts.


Monica and Keidre Harris Orginally from- Shreveport, La.

-- Anonymous, January 15, 2002

Mother Ming was an incredible person. I will miss her very much here in the "Sweet Sharing Six District." However, as she would say, "PRESS ON!" I thank God for the memories that I have of Mother Ming, and I will always cherish them.

-- Anonymous, April 08, 2002

I am a niece writing a book about the Late Mrs. Edith Ming and her sisters Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Lofton. I was fortunate to spend two summers living and traveling with the Mings. I invite all of you who knew her and would like to share your experiences with her to send me your story. From Africa, Singapore, Bermuda, Lousiana, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania etc. The book is about how three sisters brought up as primarily the only blacks in rural Pennsylvania conquer the world with class, as well as dedicate their entire life serving Our Father God.

Aliya McFarland 110 Carlotta Circle Apt 3. Mill Valley, CA 94941 (917) 374-1922

-- Anonymous, April 09, 2004

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