The Lord's devoted woman servant, PATRICIA ANN CRAWFORD WHITE, made her peaceful transition to eternal rest on Sunday, December 23, 2018. Her life in ministry was a beautiful reflection of God's love as she worked tirelessly to encourage youth and support her church.
"Patty Ann" as she was affectionately called, was the oldest of three children in the family of the late James and Deloris Anderson. She was educated in the Buffalo Public School System and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, working as a Private Duty Nurse for a local agency. She also worked as a Sales Associate with Sym's Clothing Store in Buffalo.
In the mid 1980's, the Bible scripture found in Proverbs 22:6 was manifested in Patty Ann life: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Patty Ann returned to her roots and religious foundation as a member of Young Tabernacle Holiness Church Assembly.
In her earlier years, Patty Ann was blessed with the birth of her only child, her daughter Tracy , whom she loved dearly. Her love extended beyond her own family and into the lives of many other youth as she founded several ministries at Young Tabernacle to extort the youth. She was the leader of Vacation Bible School and founder of the Through the Eyes of a Child Ministry and the Back to School Program. She also led the Young Tabernacle Youth Council. A true Christ seeker, she initiated the Young Tabernacle traditions of a 12-day New Year's fast beginning each January 1st and a 21-day fast leading up to Easter Sunday each year. A willing servant, she supported her current pastor, Reverend L. Jean Young, unfailingly. She wore many hats and availed herself wherever help was needed, including working on the church's Annual Women's Day Committee and chairing the Annual Women's Brunch.
Under Young Tabernacle's leadership by the late Bishop Lucy H. Young and the late Reverend Marion Simmons Sr., Patty Ann fast forwarded to Sister White and Reverend White. In February 2016, in recognition of her good works, she was elevated to the presbyter office of Elder, a position guided by God and sanctioned by the church and her pastor, Reverend L. Jean Young. Elder White was enthusiastic about Jesus and was known for opening her speaking presentations with "I'm excited! I'm excited!"
Patty Ann's faith in God was solid, her dedication to Kingdom building was focused, her devotion to church, family and friends was sure, and her love for Jesus was bold and courageous. For here there was no turning back. Prayer was a mainstay in her life ad, when calling to pray for someone over the phone, it wasn't uncommon for her to leave a prayer on the answering machine if no one answered.
Elder Patricia Ann Whit'e labor in the vineyard and has impacted lives for Christ for decades to come and her presence will be sorely missed. Her legacy lives on through her daughter Tracy Midgett (the late Samuel) and her grandchildren Emmanuel Carl Cooper III. Corrielle (Mike) Oprah and Jonathan Michael Wallace and one great grandson, Emmanuel Carl Cooper IV. She is also survived by a sister, Michelle Russell; her adopted brother, Kevin Anderson; special cousin Diane (Aaron) Young; special fellow Young Tabernacle members Deacon David (Reverend Sagittarius) Porter who never said "No" to her. many nieces and nephews; several cousins and devoted friends; her Young Tabernacle family and all of her bothers and sisters in Christ who will rejoice with her again in that Great Resurrection Day. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in passing by the her brother Jamie Anderson.
Family will receive friends 11:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Young Tabernacle Holiness Church Assembly, 623 Best Street, Buffalo, New York, 14211. Funeral to follow at 12 noon.
Interment St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca, New York.