Lee Esther Livingston was born November 11, 1927 out of the beautiful marriage of the late Hollis and Willie Mae Rayford. Her birthplace was Yellowpine, Texas in the Sandy Creek area near the national forest of East Texas. She was the fifth child born of this union and shared her young life with five siblings, Pervis, Annie Mae, Ellen, Bernice and Prentiss all of whom preceded her in death.
At an early age Lee went to Houston, Texas to live with, and assist her blind grandmother. Her education took place in Houston, Texas. While attending Phyllis Wheatley High School, she met her childhood sweetheart, Clarence Livingston. They fell in love at an early age and were united in holy matrimony on December 24, 1944. Their marriage flourished. They were married sixty-two years and were blessed with six children, Willie Faye, Donnie Ray, Clarence Jr., Arthur Dwayne, Roselyn Marie and Jeannette.
In 1947, Lee and Clarence, along with their young baby, Willie Faye, moved to San Francisco where they worked as a team to provide for and raise their children. Throughout their years together, Lee actively took part in helping her husband build the foundation for their home. She worked throughout her marriage when she wasn’t having a new baby. She partnered with her husband, one working days and the other nights to ensure the complete and thorough welfare of their children. Her occupations spanned a variety of areas to include twenty-five years of service at Marin General Hospital as a Radiology Assistant, twenty-five years at the University of San Francisco Medical Center, as an Administrative Secretary and fifteen years at Macy’s as a Customer Service Associate. She worked for Macy’s until retirement in 1980.
Lee accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age in Texas. After moving to San Francisco, she united with the Macedonia Baptist Church in 1950 under the leadership of Rev. P. S. Osborne Sr., who died in 1957. Rev. G. L. Bedford then
became the Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church. She served on the Usher Board and remained a faithful servant until 1992. In 1992, Lee and Clarence Livingston were founding members of the newly organized Saint Paul Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. A. J. Eberhardt Sr. She served as one of the founding trustees, was a member of the Benevolence Committee and served on the Usher Board. She was a strong, capable, and faithful member of St. Paul and she was also highly effective in fund raising for the church. She loved her St. Paul Tabernacle Baptist Church family, and above all, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lee was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was deeply loved and she was affectionately called “Mama Dear” by everyone close to her. She believed deeply in the Lord, read her Bible, and her Christian life was one of continuous love, caring and sharing. Lee’s primary concerns were for the well being of her children. She worked hard to take care of them and would give them her last dollar anytime it was needed. Her hard work and teachings produced professional children and grandchildren which gave her great joy. Lee also loved to travel and had the opportunity to travel the world with her children.
In November 2013, Lee became ill when she suffered a major stroke, that affected her ability to walk. She fought a good fight during her illness and was called to eternal rest on February 27, 2021. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, her three daughters Willie Faye Livingston-Evans, Roselyn Livingston-Kirkwood, Jeannette Livingston-Kidd, two daughters-in-law, Shirley Livingston, DDS, Sheila Meadors-Livingston, two son-in-laws, Philip Llewellyn Evans and Michael Kidd Sr., nine grandchildren, Armonn Livingston (Daneen), Shawn Livingston-York (Troy), Dawn Livingston, Clarence Livingston III, Angela Livingston-Goode (Troy), Donnie Ray Livingston, Julian Ralls, Michael Anthony Kidd Jr., Morgan Kidd Macey (Stefonn), six great-grandchildren, Marlee and Kaiya Crawford, Nevaeh and Faith Livingston, Malia Reed, Samara Macey, one sister-in-law Jeri Rayford and brother-in-law, James Smith Sr., and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, as well as the St. Paul Tabernacle Church Family.
In addition to her parents and five siblings, her beloved husband, Clarence Livingston Sr., her three sons Donnie Ray Livingston, MD, Clarence Livingston Jr., ESQ., Arthur Dwayne Livingston Sr., two grandsons, Carl Esten Crawford Jr., Arthur Dwayne Livingston Jr., and son-in-law Clyde Kirkwood Sr., all preceded her in death.
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