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Pinkie Newman-Works
(August 13, 1932 - December 26, 2012)

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Pinkie Newman-Works

On August 13, 1932 a woman of excellence, Pinkie, was born to Christine and Booker Posely in Earl Arkansas. Both parents preceded her in death. On, December 26, 2012, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center our Heavenly Father called her home to eternal rest.

Pinkie Posely was joined in holy matrimony to Waudell Newman in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1947. To that union four children were born, Debrah, Brenda, Glenda, and Wadell Jr. In 1952, with their first born, the family relocated to South Bend, IN to pursue a better life.

Pinkie was a strong advocate for hard work and education. While continuing her post education, Pinkie was one of the first African American women to work at Milady Shop in downtown South Bend, all while raising her four children. She then began her career at Bendix where she retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

Pinkie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at very young age. She lived her live until departure as a servant for the Lord. Pinkie was an active and faithful member of Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church for over half a century. She served in many capacities in the church including but not limited to, Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, Drill Team, Children’s Choir, and a member of the Nurse’s Board. She also served as recording secretary for the Womens Home and Foreign Missionary for several years.

One of Pinkie’s favorite pastimes was traveling; she loved to visit different places and made a point to gather souvenirs at every destination she could. Pinkie played on the Bendix Bowling and Golf League where she won trophies in competitions for many years. Another great pride of hers was her grandchildren. She loved them dearly and was very active in their lives keeping them heavily involved in church. Her grandchildren fondly referred to her by many names, weather it was Meme, Granny, Pinkie, or Big Mama she loved them all the same.

Leaving to cherish her memory is a loving companion of many years, Gillom Works of South Bend, IN; four children: Debrah Jennings, Brenda (Jim ) Sanders, Glenda Emerson, and Wadell (Felecia) Newman Jr. of South Bend, IN as well. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren: Marshall Emerson Jr., Joseph Jennings Jr., Craig Williams Jr., Latricia Emerson, Jameel Jennings, Christina Newman - Trotter, Terrance Newman, Catrina Newman, Robert Emerson, Marcus Emerson, Ch’Del Newman, Christopher Newman I, Matthew Emerson Sr., and Erich Newman all of South Bend, IN. Pinkie was blessed with 25 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Thelma Simmons and Leondras Forte, both of Chicago, Illinois; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends, especially Sis. Lucy Hiatt and Sis. Louise Bailey.

Pinkie Newman - Works was preceded in death by her parents, Christine and Booker Posely, siblings Carl Posely, Ernestine Ollie, Booker Posely, great grandchild Alaina Williams and close friend Sis. Allene McMorris.

Services for Mrs. Pinkie Newman-Works will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in the Greater St. John M.B. Church, 101 N. Adams Street, South Bend, IN. Visitation 10:00 a.m. and funeral services 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. 

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