On November 30, 2020, Malinda Ann Mann gained her heavenly wings. She rode the wings of the morning to her heavenly home. We know that when this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we have another building in the heavens not made with hands. Absent from the body, Malinda is now present with the Lord.
Malinda was born on October 26, 1959 to the Rev. Matthew E. Crawford Sr. and Mrs. Julia Mae Crawford. She was married to James A. Mann, and to that union Jonathan A. Mann was born. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Second Baptist Church in 1969 under the pastorate of Rev. S.H. James. She remained an active and faithful member of the Second Baptist church for over 50 years.
During her tenure at Second Baptist Church, she was an essential part of the fabric of the church. She was a beloved member of the Contemporary Choir, where she served in several roles over the years: President, Treasurer, and corresponding secretary (lovingly referred to as “the communicator”). She could be found on Sunday morning leading the choir. She also was a part of the Sanctuary Tones, the Bell Choir, Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Union Abigail Circle, and the Choral Readers in her formative years.
Malinda had a heart for the people of God. She brings to mind the disciple Tabitha in Acts 9, whose life was full of good works and alms. She was often found visiting the sick and shut in and reaching out to those in need. If she could not meet the need herself, she would round up the troops and gather resources to ensure that the need was met. Malinda would share a devotional from Bob Gass Ministries on her Facebook page. She was so consistent in sharing it that if she was late posting it, her friends and family would call her to inquire because they looked forward to reading them.
Malinda never met a stranger. She would often say: “my friends are the color of the rainbow.” She was beloved by so many. She would light up a room and fill it with warmth and laughter. Her favorite past time was bid whist. She was a member and officer of the Alamo Seven No Bid Whist Club and a member of the Texas Bid Whist Alliance (TBWA). She loved to travel to compete in tournaments, where she made lasting friendships. She was one of the organizers for the annual San Antonio Bid Whist Tournament hosted by Alamo Seven No Club. She was also a part of a national group known as the DIVAS. This group of ladies promoted health and wellness through exercise.
Malinda graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in 1979. She earned an Associates Degree from St. Phillips College. She worked at University Hospital as a medical transcriber; Dannemiller Foundation, Sony as an administrative assistant, and South Texas Biomedical Research Center as a Publication Specialist.
Her greatest joy in life was being a mother to her beloved son Jonathan and a grandmother to her beautiful grandchildren Janae, NIkayla, Izaiah, and Adonis. She was a doting grandmother, who made sure she spent quality time with her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Rev. Matthew E. Crawford Sr. and Mrs. Julia Mae Crawford, a brother, Matthew Crawford, Jr. and a sister Beverly Rose Crawford.
She leaves behind to mourn her passing, her only son, Jonathan Avery Mann (Savanna Mann), San Antonio, TX. Her grandchildren Janae Racquel Johnson, Nikayla Godley-Mann, Jonathan Izaiah Mann, and Adonis Avery Mann; her sisters Elder Cynthia Crawford, San Antonio, TX and Ms. Ardelia Wright, Pasadena, CA, Her nephew Brian Wright, Glendale, CA, and Michele Cason, her niece, Riverside, CA, great nephews, and a host of cousins and extended family.
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