Mother Maddie Lewis Jenkins transitioned peacefully from this life to heavenly rest on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 surrounded by her beloved family members.
Maddie Lewis Jenkins was born on September 29, 1932 to the late Alexander and Minnie Rochelle Lewis. She was saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost at the early age of 16 and was educated in the Waterbury Public School system. She was the wife of the late Carl J. Jenkins, Sr.
She was a devoted and proud mother to her three children and loved praying for, encouraging and witnessing to people throughout the Waterbury community.
She was a member of First Church Of God in Christ (later known as Richardson Memorial COGIC and Redeeming Love COGIC) where she was a member of the Glee Club and President of the Purity Class (she was proud of her achievements in this area with the young ladies). Mother Jenkins also served as the Pastor’s Aid President; a caregiver for the Helping Hands Club (ministered to the church mothers) and also served as the Assistant to the Hospitality President for the CT 1st Jurisdiction COGIC. Mother Jenkins was also proud to be a licensed Evangelist/Missionary for 51 years under the Women’s Department for COGIC.
Mother Jenkins’s hobbies included drawing, crocheting, she started one of the first prayer lines in the State of Connecticut and she enjoyed competitive cooking contests with her sisters.
She worked for the Waterbury Dress Company and was a housekeeper for a prominent Jewish family for a number of years.
She joined Faith Center Church Of God In Christ shortly after its conception and served as the Church Mother until her appointment to Church Mother Emeritus.
Mother Jenkins was a fervent prayer warrior who often reminded her family and friends how much she truly loved them and the importance of having a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. She was responsible for winning countless souls to the Body of Christ and will be sorely missed by many who loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Pastor Michael J. Forbes (Valeria) of Meriden, CT; Mother Maddaline A. Norfleet (Joseph) of Meriden, CT, and Carl J. Jenkins, Jr.; her brother, Deacon James Lewis of Waterbury, CT and one sister, Lena Little of Waterbury, CT; six grandsons: Joseph Norfleet Jr.; Jason Norfleet, Cameron Norfleet, Delvin Cannon, Eric Norfleet and Michael Forbes, Jr.; one granddaughter, Jessica Fair; a goddaughter, Rose Boyd, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including Mother Mae Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Samuel Lewis, John Thomas Lewis; Jeremiah Lewis, and Howard Lewis; sisters: Rose Pitts; Ruth Watson, Inez Watlington, and Ella Washington as well as her beloved granddaughter, Chrishonna Williams-Butler.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be given to Grace Like Rain World Missions, P.O. Box 1700, Meriden, CT 06450