“She loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, soul, and mind, and her greatest legacy is that she has led the way for her descendants to do the same.” This statement best describes longtime Riverside resident Louella Mildred Knox who recently passed.
Knox was born on December 28,1935 in Bienville, Louisiana to of married Esther Rodester Knox on August 1,1953, and graduated from Shady Grove High School in 1956. A mother, grandmother, great grandmother, prayer warrior, evangelist, church mother seamstress and friend, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 1969, after her marriage of 16 years ended, she moved to California with the assistance of her sister Willa Mae Pierre graciously opened her home to her. There she raised four sons and one daughter and through many years of prayer helped nurture 14 great- grandchildren.
If you ever walked by the corner of 12th Street and Dwight Avenue, on the Eastside of Riverside, you would hear her praying and shouting to the Lord in tongues (praying in the Spirit). She was known in the community as the “Praying Lady in the Corner House”.
As a talented seamstress, she sewed suits, robes, and church play costumes for many pastors, evangelists, choirs and churches. Through word of mouth, her services were also in demand in the community. People would see her work and just show up on her doorstep, requesting her services. She used this gift of designing fashions as a tool to witness about Christ. God used this gift mightily through her to lead many to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A loving grandmother and great-grandmother, many a day and night she sat at her sewing machine praying to the Lord. All my children shall be saved and serving the Lord! My grandchildren will do great things and travel the world, she proclaimed. They shall be leaders and not followers. Today, all her children are serving the Lord and some of her grandchildren have carried Bibles and ministered in countries closed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, like Cambodia and Thailand. Her grandchildren have traveled, studied and worked around the world in countries including Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Uruguay.
As a Christian, she believed it was her duty to serve under authority in the church. She began service under Pastor Franklin Knight of Refreshing Springs Temple, COGIC. She also served under Pastor Robert Funchess of Yeshua Maranatha Christian Center, and Pastor Arthur Forbes Sr. of Riverside Christian Family Fellowship. She completed 35 years of faithful service under Pastor Harold K. Webber at Living Way Christian Fellowship.
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