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171 Humboldt Ave.
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Lillian Edney
In Memory of
Elect-Lady Lillian G. Edney
1936 - 2018
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Obituary for Elect-Lady Lillian G. Edney

Lillian Geneva Scott Edney was born and raised in Tappahannock, Virginia. She accepted Christ at Rock of Ages, UHC where she was a member during a revival by Elder Elijah Holmes of Roselle, NJ. This began her life-long membership with the United Holy Church of America, Inc. She is a graduate of the Essex County Public School System where she was voted “Most Versatile Student” and was active in the Drama Club. She followed her dream, graduating from the Apex Beauty Academy in Richmond, VA.

As a member of the Tidewater District, under the leadership of the late Bishop Thomas E. Tally, she participated in District Unions, Convocations, and Youth Conventions throughout the then Southern District. While going to school in Richmond VA she attended St. John UHC under the late Bishop William Clements. With her License in hand she relocated to Philadelphia PA and attended Mt. Pisgah UHC under the late Mother Margaret Bennett.

During one of the Northern District Youth Conventions, in Baltimore MD, she was introduced to a wonderful young minister, then Elder Lowell E. Edney, of the New England District. After courting for 3 years, they were united in marriage by the late Bishop J.T. Bowens on April 14, 1962. The young couple then moved to Dorchester MA, in the New England District. She became a member and Sunday School teacher at Bethel Pentecostal Church UHC where her husband served as the Assistant Pastor to the late Elder Henry Bell.

Her service to the New England District began in 1962 when she aided the Convocation Recording Secretary, the late Elder Florence Bowie, taking minutes when she needed a break. Sis. Edney was elected as the Financial Secretary to the Missionary Department, then Financial Secretary and Expeditor for the District Convocation. She served faithfully as Financial Secretary for the District until Bishop Edney became the President of the District. When the District consolidated the Finance Department in 2004, her Missionary Finance responsibilities ended. She served the District as a member of the SDIC and the NED Board of Directors. Her service also reached into the general level of the United Holy Church, where she served as Corresponding Secretary for the Missionary Department for 12 years under President Margaret Bennett. She attended Bethel Bible Institute and graduated in 1996 during the late Dr. Marcus G. Bennett’s Presidency. In 1963 when the late Bishop Jeremiah Covington appointed her husband as Pastor of Mt Olive Pentecostal UHC in Worcester MA, she became a member and served in various capacities - Sunday School Treasurer, Deaconess, Church Mother, Trustee Board, Scholarship Chair, Assistant Financial Secretary and Church Clerk. In the business world Deacon Lillian Edney was a personal shopper for the rich and famous at Jordan Marsh Company which later became Macy’s. She retired from the retail world in 2000.

In 2006 she joined Holy Temple Church UHC as a valued member, Chairwoman of the Deacon Board, Missionary Department Financial Recorder, Advisor to the Ushers and Nurses, part of the prayer line ministry, the sick and shut in ministry where she visited, called and sent cards to those unable to attend services. She was a Baker Extraordinaire. She brought all of her gifts and talents and used them for the upbuilding of the Kingdom and the work of the ministry. She loved arts, crafts and anything to do with design. She provided outreach materials; those in need could ask and get help for anything from pillows to food to blankets and sheets. She was an Extraordinary Woman of God, genuine and unique, she set an example of a godly woman to many women who grew up under her wings, a mentor to all, friend to many, Mom to some, Auntie, and “Grandma Edney”. She endeavored to show the Love of God to all who came into her life.

She leaves behind to remember her life well lived, three brothers Samuel G. Banks (Marian), Prince E. Banks (Pauline) and Roy S. Banks all of Tappahannock VA; nieces Deborah Singleton, Woodbridge VA and Darlene Banks-Jennings, Atlanta GA; nephews Prince E. Banks, Jr (Edna) Stafford, VA and Glen Banks (Daphne) Chesterfield VA, great nieces Myesha Singleton and Adara Singleton, Jasmine Banks, Brandy Banks and great nephews Grant Jennings and Prince E. Banks III, cousins Floyd Scott of Tappahannock VA and James H. Sidney (Peggy) of Franklin MA and all of her special sons and daughters in the Lord and Godchildren, and special nieces and nephews of the Kingdom, special life-long friends and members of the Body of Christ all across the USA…to all that received her blessings and teachings carry on the Legacy that she left behind of Love….for God so loved and so did our own Lillian G. Edney… To God Be The Glory for the great things that He brought through her Life.


A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 O’clock at Greater Faith Worship Center, 120 Safford Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Interment: Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA

In Lieu of Flowers Donations can be made to the Bishop E. Edney Scholarship Fund.

Cards can be sent to: Holy Temple Church P.O. Box 190704, Roxbury, MA 02119


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