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Lucy Pearl Mott

May 13, 2020

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Lucy Pearl Mott

80 of Buffalo, NY passed away May 13, 2020 . Funeral service is private. A memorial service celebrating the life of Sister Lucy will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can e made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY in memory of Lucy Pearl Mott. Cards and condolences can be sent to care of daughter, Lenore McLaurin at 196 Hamlin Rd; Buffalo, NY 14208.

Lucy Pearl Mott was born on October 12, 1939 in West Palm Beach, Florida to the late Beatrice Johnson and James Jackson. She departed this life peacefully on May 13, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s/dementia. 

Mom was an only child and spent her primary years under the guidance of her Great Aunt Mary in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the age of 13 she relocated to Buffalo after her mother fell ill. She received her formative education in the Buffalo Public School System.  Mother accepted Christ as her personal savior while attending services with her Grandmother at Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Edward D. McNeely.

Mother joined New Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. S.K. Lewis, founder, in 1968. She gave 52 years of faithful, loyal, and dedicated service to the New Zion Church family—serving in many capacities which included but not limited to: Sunday School and Mission Teacher, President of Willing Workers, President of the School of Mission, President of the Mass Choir, Member of Pastor's Aid Circle, Church Clerk, and Radio Announcer for the Aid to the Needy Broadcast.

During the early 70’s mother was employed at American Allsafe as a supervisor for more than twenty-five women. In 1979 God spoke to her heart through her late Pastor, Dr. S.W. Williams, Jr., to join the team of workers on the “Aid to the Needy Program” which was in the midst of a “Rebuilding and Rehabilitation Campaign” that had already included erecting a new half million-dollar church edifice (1976).]

For approximately 10 years mother worked diligently as a cook, a driver, a secretary, and assisted in home remodeling for the church properties. When the first home for the Well- Aged opened in 1978 she served as president of the School of Mission.

Due to her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/dementia in September 2011 mom retired from her duties as church clerk after rendering 30 years of service to the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church family, under the pastorage of Rev. John Williams. She was a member of the Board of Christian Education. Taught Sunday School and Mission Adult Women Classes each week, along with singing in the choir until her health didn’t allow her to.

Mom had a special love for God, her Pastor, her church, and her immediate family. We are proud and inspired by her determination to live for Christ. Her favorite scripture was Psalms 51 with a special emphasis on verse 13. Like the psalmist David said,

“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.”

Not only did mom live for Christ, she witnessed through her testimony that Christ has made us free. Now our prayer should be to stay free and don’t get all tied up again in the chains of sin.As a true laborer for Christ, Sister Lucy leaves us ALL a gift of love to pattern after. Her tireless sacrifices and generosity toward the work of the church, her admiration for the man of God, and her family will live on in countless lives to come.God gifted mom with a melodious voice. Her mezzo soprano voice soothed the soul. Her range was beyond belief even in her 70’s. There were many messages in the songs she sang, for example: Though Times are Hard, We Still Serve a Good God; Holding On and I Want Let Go My Faith, Something About God’s Grace, A City Built for Square AKA They Got the Word!; You Can’t Crown Him Till I Get There. As well as many hymns of praise. She has taught us, as well as others, to lead by example—how to be a virtuous woman, respectful, and above all, to keep Christ first. Every Sunday her home was open for family dinner where there was always room for friends and strangers. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Beatrice Johnson and daughter Tina L. BlackburnShe leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Lenore (Gordon) McLaurin; Stephanie Mott; Kim Jones; one son: Gregory Mott. Fourteen (14) grandchildren; namely Eric (Alfredia) Washington; Alisha (Anthony) Baltimore, Andre Mott, KorDarryl Black, Tiffany Jones, Shantell Black, TJ Jones Jr., Danielle Blackburn, Julian Mott, Taylor Jones, Brittany Blackburn, Jasmine Mott, Justin Mott, Jaden Mott and 14 great grandchildren namely, Eric (Blink) Washington II, Nia Washington, Andre Mott Jr., Nadirah Washington, Nakayla Jones, Taniya Jones, Adam Washington, Brielle Mott, Tyler Jones, Sierra Ingram, Anthony (BB) Baltimore Jr., Skylar Ingram, Ashton Baltimore and a host of relatives and friends. On life’s journey mom developed friendships that were like stars. You may not always see them, but you know they’re there. These individuals were some of ones she adored, Corrine Filipski, Ruthie Emmons-Booker, Carolyn Rice, Denise Law, Lena Stevens, Odessa Polk, Mother Josephine Edwards, Bennie Jean Burnett, Eddie and Florence Payne. Finally, Sis Lucy leaves to cherish her moments of encouragement, laughter, fellowship and good times are the parishioners of three loving church families, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Memorial Baptist Church of Buffalo, New York along with Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church of Toledo, OH.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association of WNY in the memory of Lucy Pearl Mott. Cards and condolences can be sent to care of daughter; Lenore McLaurin at 196 Hamlin Rd; Buffalo, NY  14208

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