In Memoriam



Lucinda Sanford Acker

1927 -- 2010



Lucinda was born December 12, 1927 in Flora, Mississippi to the loving union of the late Robert and Parthenia Jimison. She was the eldest of a large family of eight children, six girls and two boys, three of whom preceded her in death; Betty Hill, Leroy Gardner, and Joe Johnson.

Lucinda met and married Alf Sanford in September of 1943. To this union was born six beautiful children whom she adored and to whom she dedicated her life. Wanting more for her children, she later moved to Chicago, Illinois where her children could actively pursue their dreams and goals. She encouraged them to be all that they could be by simply doing their best at whatever they chose to do. She emphasized “education” and “common sense” because, as she would often tell her children, one was not worth much without the other. In 1964 she married James Acker.

At an early age, Lucinda discovered the love of Jesus and was baptized at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. For many years, she was happy worshipping her Savior with her Landmark Church family. However, encouraged by family and friends, she was drawn to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After a lengthy SDA Bible Study, Lucinda rededicated her heart to the Lord and was baptized into the fellowship of Independence SDA Church. Later, in an effort to help establish a SDA Church in the Western Suburbs, she transferred her membership to the Maywood Community SDA Church. Sister Acker was a faithful and active member of the Adventist Church for 43 years, the last 39 years with her beloved Maywood Community Church family. During these years she held a variety of positions, including usher, Sabbath School Superintendent, Ladies Ministry leader, and board member. However, Sister Acker most memorable service was her gift of “hospitality.”

Over the last 40 years, Sister Acker's hospitality extended to many of the SDA North American Division Ministries and their families. Whether they were guest speakers at her Church or just passing through, many SDA Churches in the Chicago area would call Sister Acker hoping that she would agree to prepare meals for their special guests. It is no wonder that until recently, her home was affectionately known as “Sister Acker’s Bed and Breakfast.” Sister Acker’s hospitality also extended to the Lake Region Conference Annual Camp Meeting, when her summer home was located in Cassopolis and in later year at her cabin on the camp grounds.

Sister Acker’s love for the Lord kept her humble and grounded in the truth. She was blessed by God with the gift of bringing laughter and encouragement to others. She was loved by many, old and young alike, and her love was freely given to all. God gave us an incredible blessing by allowing Lucinda Sanford Acker to be a part of our lives.

Lucinda departed this earthly life on August 2, 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory: 6 Children, Sons: Alf Jr. and Charles (Rose); Daughters: Hepsy (George), Juanita (Wendel), Angela, and Paulette; 11 Grandchildren: Nicole, Stuart (Kathy), TiTina, Kimberly (Willie Von), Alf III (Lanette), Felicia, Kily (Chris), Bryan (Christina), Camille (Jeffrey), Malissa, and Wendel II (Ysahai); 11 Great-grandchildren: Michelle, Willie Jr., Paul, Shayna, Alf IV, Kenndi, Brendon, Zoe, Breslyn, Lanai, and Jeffery II; 4 Sisters: Alma, Sally, Ruby, and Charlotte Dickenson (Charles); many other relatives, her Maywood neighbors, a host of friends, her Maywood Community SDA Church Family, and the SDA Lake Region Conference Family.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : II Timothy 4:7

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing : II Timothy 4 : 8


Lucinda Sanford Acker

Friday, August 6, 2010 : Wake: 10:00 A.M. : Service: 11:00 A.M

Maywood Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1901 South 19th Avenue
Maywood, Illinois

OFFICIATING MINISTER : Pastor Harold Allison, Maywood Community SDA Church

ORGAN PRELUDE : Dr. Joyce Allison

PROCESSIONAL : Pastor Harold Allison

MUSICAL SELECTION : “Order My Steps” : SDA Mass Choir

INVOCATION : Pastor Michael Horton

SCRIPTURE : I Thessalonians 4:13:18 : Elder Roscoe Gray

PRAYER : Pastor Harold Allison

MUSICAL SELECTION : “Changed” : SDA Mass Choir

REMARKS : Anthony Tyson, Wendel Martin, Albert Mangram, & Grandchildren

MUSICAL SELECTION : “Midnight Cry” : David Graham

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of Cards & Letters : Renada Tyson

OBITUARY : Bryan Sanford

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Rise Again” : Sonja Shockley

EULOGY : Pastor Jerome Davis, President SDA Lake Region Conference

MUSICAL SELECTION : “Safe in His Arms” : Tyesha Amicks

BENEDICTION : Elder Efrem Lee



PALLBEARERS : (Grandsons and Great-grandsons)

Alf Sanford III : Stuart Sanford : Paul Rouse : Bryan Sanford : Wendel Martin II : Willie V Clark Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers : Chris Adams : Willie V Clark : Garron Thomas

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT : The family of Lucinda Sanford Acker would like to thank each of you for your support and love during this difficult time for them. May God bless and keep each and every one of you.

INTERMENT : Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois

REPAST : Maywood Community SDA Church

ARRANGEMENTS : Wallace Broadview Funeral Home : Broadview, Illinois

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