Ethel Alma Levingston
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Ethel Alma Levingston
  • February 13, 1922 - December 10, 2017
  • Seaside, California

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Mother Ethel Alma Levingston went to be with The Lord on December 10, 2017, with family by her side, at the age of 95. She resided in Seaside, Ca.
Ethel was born February 13, 1922 in Eckman, West Virginia to the late Rev. Major and Margie White. She was the youngest of 6 sisters and 1 brother. She received all of her education plus 2 years of College in her home state. Her family was brought up in the church. She was a member of Mr. Zion Baptist Church.
After College, Ethel moved to Maryland and started working with her sister Lois Ruby at the Defense plant making ammunition for the Military. That is where Ethel met her late husband Clarenza Levingston. He was a soldier in the Army and would hang around because he had an eye for her. After some time, he wanted to marry her. He asked Lois Ruby if she could talk Ethel into marrying him. Soon after, they married. From that union, Clarenza and Ethel had 5 children; Clarenza Jr., Mamie, Waymon, Jackie and Oliver. Clarenza Sr. was stationed at Fort Ord, Ca. in 1953 which brought Ethel and her 3 children (at the time) to the Monterey Peninsula.
Since being in California, Ethel has been an active member of Oceanview Baptist Church. In 1953, she alongside of the late Reverend. G.E. Ellis, her sister Lois Ruby and many others helped lay the foundation forever embedded in the cement located in front of the church. She also became a member of Holy Assembly Baptist Church. Ethel was very involved with her home church. She recruited and organized a youth group called "The Sunshine Band." Ethel loved children and wanted children to learn about and sing God's praises. She also was a Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher, President of the Senior Choir, Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of the Missionary Society and faithfully worked with I-Help Ministry. Ethel would help prepare and deliver meals to the community. She was known to be an Amazing cook and was well known for her "Famous Lemon Cake." Once you tried it, you had to have the recipe. No one could duplicate it. When someone puts their love and passion into it, you can taste it!
Mother Ethel Alma Levingston is preceded in death by her husband, Clarenza Levingston Sr., Son, Clarenza Levingston Jr., and son, John Edwin Levingston.
She is proceeded in death by her loving children, Mamie (Samuel) McCrea, Waymon, Jackie and Oliver, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.