Official Obituary of

Essie Mae Sewell

May 21, 1926 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Essie Sewell Obituary

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6

Essie Mae Sewell was born May 21, 1926, to the late Essau Seawright and Essie Barnes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

“Mother Sewell” as she was affectionately known was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System. Essie volunteered with the Philadelphia School District and eventually was hired as a Reading Aid 
In 1975 she felt the tug of the Lord and accepted Christ and was baptized in the AME church
                                                                   Essie also sang with the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation from 1976 to 1977

She joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church serving on the Usher board and on the senior choir 
she eventually left there and joined Triedstone Pentecostal Church of God in Christ 
where she faithfully served as usher board president, church mother and Pastor’s Aide. 
When her son in law and daughter were led by the Lord and birthed Judah Speaks Ministries in Philadelphia 
she joined them and was a faithful church mother and member until she was no longer able to serve 

Essie was the eldest of eight children. Siblings Ruth, Thelma, Percy, Barbara, Robert, Charles and Eve all preceded her in death.
 Essie Met Robert in 1946 they entered into holy matrimony a journey of forty-five years of knowing each other until his death in 1991;
 out of that union came four beautiful children, Robert (who preceded her in death), Patricia, Phillip and Marie

 “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17.

“Mother Sewell” was a loving Mother, grand-mother and great-grand mother, sister, aunt, friend and mentor. Her sense of humor would have everyone around her laughing, becoming filled with joy. She was known for her, bold, audacious but loving spirit, and most of all for her love for God and his people.  

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, God sent His Angel and called Mother Sewell by name “Come home my daughter and take your rest.
             Your work here on earth is done, your eternal life has just begun,

  Mother Sewell leaves to rejoice over her victorious life in the Lord, daughter Patricia Brunson, son Phillip Sewell, daughter Marie Richardson, Daughter in law Terry Sewell, Son in law Alfred Richardson, Grandchildren, Robert, Richard, Jason Sewell, Cherylnol Brunson, Carmella Johnson, Tamika and Lakisha Sewell, Sad’e and Jaleel Echols, Nasim Richardson and Tahzay Young
Great grandchildren, Rajon, Jasmine, Jaxson, Tyree, Morgan, Malachi, Kendra, Jasmine Aust, Gianni Polanco, Marcus, One great great grandson
Granddaughters in love Johnika Echols and Shayanne Paez
A host of relatives, nieces, nephews, friends and former caretakers


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Public Viewing
February 24, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Aldworth Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC
4117 Decatur Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

10:00 AM
Aldworth Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC
4117 Decatur Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

February 24, 2024

11:30 AM
Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Easton Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19150


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