Obituary for Vastine Livingston
Vastine Livingston, daughter of John Wesley Livingston and Rachel Hallman Livingston, was born in North, SC, October 30, 1928 and went home to be with the Lord, July 25, 2017 in Christiana Care Hospital, surrounded by her family.
In North, SC it was often said about her, as well as her brothers and sisters, that John Wesley Livingston’s children were admired and respected. This was certainly true of Vastine.
Her early education began in North, SC, and she later graduated from Groves High School, in Wilmington, DE. She gave her life to Christ and officially joined the St. James M.E. Church at the age of 12, she was in church nearly every Sunday up to, and since, then.
She moved to Wilmington, DE to help her brother, Ernest with his five children after the death of his wife, Anna Geter Livingston. Her taking care of the five siblings began a life-time of caring for the children of her brothers and sisters, to whom she became a kind of “God Mother” to many. She worked for the Dr. John Strange family and helped to raise their five children as well.
Immediately upon arriving to Wilmington, she joined the Ezion M.E., now the Ezion-Mt. Carmel UMC, nearly 70 years ago. She has been a member in good standing ever since. She began working in the church school as a Sunday School teacher, and later became the Superintendent, a position she served in for many years. She loved to sing, and she became a member of the Senior Choir and Gospel Choir. One gift she had was her knowledge of the hymns of the church, and often would be called upon to lead singing for Christian gatherings.
Recently, she was honored by the Wilmington District of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference for her work in Evangelism. She served in the church with the United Methodist Women, the Evangelism Committee, the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, the Clara Evans Health and Welfare Committee, the Mattie B. Love Care Program, the Hour of Power, Vacation Bible School, Bible Study, Health Ministry, Administrative Council, Nursing Home Coordinator and others. She was very often found to be working in the kitchen at the church, particularly when the church served homeless persons on Sunday mornings. Also, she was a very active member of the Elders’ Ministry at the Mother African Union Church. She loves the Lord, her family, and her church family. It was often said of her, jokingly, that every time the church door opened she was there.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother John and Rachel Livingston; siblings, Ernest Wesley Livingston, Idella Saylor, Gladys Ford, Rev. John Victor Livingston, Quemiller Wise, and Hilton Livingston.
She leaves to cherish her memories, sisters, Creamer Livingston and Laura Mae Jeffcoat; brothers, Paul Livingston (Pearl), Abraham Livingston (Johnnie Mae), and Charles Livingston; godson, Kenyatta Livingston (Janelle); many nieces, nephews, and friends.