Mother Elizabeth Austin affectionately known as “Liz” was born on September 12, 1940 in Zanesville, OH. She departed this life at the Twin Pines Nursing Home on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
Mother Austin was the eldest of five children. She grew up and attended school in Kennett Square, PA. Her employment included the Kennett Cannery, Kennetex, Inc., Norcross Greeting Cards, Mars Electronics, as well as becoming a certified nursing assistant and working at Pocopson Homes, Chatham Acres, Pembrook Nursing Home, Bayada Nursing and private duty.
The ministry of Jesus Christ was Mother Austin’s main purpose and desire. She was a former member of the House of Jacob and later she went on to become a member of Apostolic Fellowship Worship in Oxford, PA under the leadership of the late Bishop Webby Barrett. She moved her membership to Word of Life Apostolic Church under the late Bishop Rayford Moulden, Jr. It was at Word of Life that she was honored and became the Mother of the church. She also served as a member of the Mother’s Board for Greater Light to the World Ministries, Inc. Prior to these honorable positions, Mother Austin served as the President of Pastor’s Aide, was awarded the Woman of the Year Award, penned her own song in 2013 titled “Oh Lord Have Mercy”. She also had a favorite poem, “The Cross in My Pocket” by Verna Mae Thomas.
Mother Austin loved the Lord and she would let everyone know no matter where she was. She would minister in the store, on the street, in the McDonald’s drive thru, show up at your home unannounced day or night to pray or to share with you whatever the Lord had given unto her to say.
Some of her favorite past-times were crossword puzzles, playing computer and video games. Watching wrestling, as she would be bobbing and weaving as if she was in the ring, listening to gospel music, cooking, baking, eating sweets, visiting people, and she loved being on the road. She always had snacks in her car stating that it helped her stay awake. She liked going to the amusement parks and playing skeeball. Frying chicken to take on trips and for church services was also what she loved to do
Mother Austin knew how to command attention, whether it was in the church or within her family or amongst friends. She was strict, brut, loving, kind and compassionate. Sometimes all at once and other times, it depended on the person and situation. Her overall method was to get you to know Jesus and accept Him as your personal Savior. Sometimes her methodology of doing this caused others concern, but in the end, we all knew, to know Mother Austin, was to Love her.
She had an immense love for many, but she had an overwhelming love for her nieces who loved her and cared for her throughout the years just as she had done for them when they were young. She adopted and loved the Bowman family as her own. Spending many years with them as they grew up. She also showed her motherly love for her honorable son in the Lord, Mr. Emmett Cooper.
Mother Austin was predeceased by her parents, Advanced Presiding Elder Job Garfield Austin Sr. and Senior Mother Anna Rebecca Austin, sisters, Mary L. Bryant, Susanna “Sue” Austin, brother, Job G. Austin, and grandchildren, Lloyd Bingham, III (BJ) and Ida Williams (Cookie).
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Lloyd Bingham, Jr. (Jemma), Angela Holbrook (Rena), and an honorable son in the Lord, Emmett Cooper. Eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, her sister Mother Sarah Adams (Elder William Adams) and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mother Austin’s anointed spiritual presence, wit and “attitude” will truly be missed, but she would have it her way and sing, “I’d rather dwell in the House of the Lord, then to dwell in the tents of the wicked. . . The Lord is Good, The Lord is Good, His Mercy Endureth Forever”.
You may visit with her family and friends from 10:00 to 11:00 on Saturday morning, May 14, 2022 at Grace and Mercy Apostolic Inc., 220 Chatham Street, Avondale, PA. Her Funeral Service will follow at 11:00. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flower, a contribution may be made to the Grace and Mercy Apostolic Inc., 220 Chatham Street. Avondale, PA.
Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, West Grove, PA