Louella Mae Macklin, 83, was born in Slaughter Neck, DE on October 27, 1936. She was the only child born to Charles E. Macklin and Lydia M. Loper. Mother Macklin departed this life peacefully at her daughter’s home on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Her early education was obtained in Slaughter Neck, at a small three-room school. She later attended William C. Jason High School, in Georgetown, DE. Louella discovered her knack for singing early on while attending Siloam AME Church, also in Slaughter Neck.
In the early 1950’s, Louella met Thomas N. Hicks, of which was born her one and only daughter, Deborah Ann. As a young single mother, Louella worked hard in order to take care of her growing daughter. Louella was employed at various factories in southern Delaware, the last being ConAgra, now Perdue Farms, for over 20 years.
On December 1, 1977, Louella was introduced to Jesus Christ by her first cousin, the late Pastor David Shockley, Sr. She was later baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience prompted Louella to share the testimony of her newfound salvation. Sister Macklin loved to share how Jesus touched her life, often witnessing and praying for co-workers in the restroom. She loved to testify of how the doctor had told her she wouldn’t live to see 40 years of age. She lived almost 44 years after that (To God Be the Glory).
Due to her zeal and hunger for the Word and her investment in others, Sister Macklin was named a Mother of the Church at age 50. Mother Macklin worked diligently for the Lord. Over the years, she served as church Treasurer and Choir President. Mother Macklin was known for her high soprano voice and sang at many Holy Convocations and church services. She loved to sing and give praise to God every chance she had. Her favorite songs to sing were “He Touched Me”, “Fill My Cup Lord”, “What God Has For Me”, “I’m Not Tired Yet”, and “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name”. Mother Macklin always ushered in the presence of the Lord whenever she sang.
To know Mother Macklin was to know that she was very expressive about her love for people. Although firm in her faith, you could often find her counseling, praying for someone, smiling, or offering a hug. She served her church and Pastor, Bishop Curtis I. Bordley, for over 30 years. Bishop Bordley often referred to her as one of the pillars of the church.
Mother Macklin was preceded in death by her loving parents Charles Macklin and Lydia Loper, her stepmother, Margaret Macklin, her grandson Ronald Graves, and her good friend Sister Bessie Brokenbrough.
Mother Macklin leaves to cherish her memory: one daughter, Deborah (Ronald) Bordley of Felton, DE; two sisters, Muriel A. Macklin and Marilyn V. Macklin-Ashley of Philadelphia, PA; five grandchildren: Rodney (Lucy) McCall of Pleasantville, NJ, Kareem Bordley of Indiana, Gerald (Joy) Bordley of Clayton, DE, Dorronda Bordley of Wilmington, DE and Aaron Bordley of Arlington, VA; a niece Ebonee Williams of Philadelphia, PA; longtime friend and prayer partner Mother Violetta Carroll of Milford, DE; a son in the Gospel Elder Newton (Janell) Blake of Elkton, MD; as well as a host of loving cousins, church family and friends.
A funeral service will be at 12:00 P.M. Friday, September 4, 2020 at Jesus Love Temple, 106 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963 where there will be a viewing from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Friday. COVID-19 protocol will be in effect. Burial will follow in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck. Online condolences may be made via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
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