Mother Johnnie Que Ridley-Foster was born June 23, 1921, in Pastoria, Arkansas to the late Andrew Ridley and Ellen Freeman-Ridley. She was raised in Pastoria, Arkansas with her four siblings: Lucy Mae Ridley, Mildred Ridley-Woolfolk, Andrew Ridley Jr., and Louis Vernon (L.V.) Ridley; each who preceded her in death. Mother Foster attended Pastoria Elementary School and later graduated from Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Mother Foster, as she was affectionately known as. became a devoted wife and loving mother. She married the love of her life, Curtis Sweet wine "CS" Foster. They were blessed with their only child, Winifred Foster. The Fosters lived happily in Tarry, Arkansas for forty-five years until the death of Curtis in 1987. Mother went on as the Matriarch of her family and became a spiritual mother to many.
From an early age, Mother Foster was blessed with spiritual discernment. She knew someday she would be baptized in Horseshoe Lake. As it would be proven, throughout her life, Mother Foster was very sensitive to the Spirit and would go on to be baptized at Horseshoe Lake... an awakening to her call to serve others.
In the late 1920s, Mother Foster began attending Pastoria Antioch Baptist Church, becoming a devoted member, and faithfully serving at Antioch Baptist Church. She absolutely loved serving her church family.
Mother Foster spent her time serving as Deaconess and on the Mother's Board of New Macedonia Church, MBC. Mother Foster took great pride in serving the Lord and did so until she became ill in 2009. This illness prompted a relocation to Detroit, Michigan, where she did not give up on serving the Lord. She joined Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Louis Forsythe II and 1st Lady Jacqueline Forsythe. There, Mother served faithfully on the Mothers Board, and sharing the Word of God with anyone who would listen; there was never any question of her faith, belief, and trust in God.
Mother remained in the loving care of her devoted daughter Winifred, living I00 years until SHE decided to go home singing 'Your Grace and Mercy'; all while holding the hand of God.
Mother leaves to cherish her life her daughter, Winifred Williams; her grandchildren Robert (Dawn) Williams-El of Detroit, Michigan and Angelic L. Williams of Surprise, Arizona; eight great-grandchildren (l preceded her in death), eleven great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family, friends, and spiritual sons/daughters.
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