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Posted by Cecelia Woodard on January 8, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM "Sister Jean"
Posted by Ramel Big Money Jones on November 15, 2014
When I was young 05 I was on da streets wit nada I came to sister jeans. And she fed me meal.so kind, I truly thank you in those times sister..u with god now rest in peace
Posted by Jeanette Mack on January 7, 2013
In Memory Of Sister Jean Webster


Happy Birthday In Heaven

you have been gone a year
it seems like only yesterday you were still with us
Posted by Jeanette Mack on September 5, 2012
I remember when i first met Sister Jean Webster
it was in the early 1980's ,we both lived on
Indiana Avenue in Atlantic City ,NJ
we both became friends ,i remember how
Sister Jean would feed the homeless out of
her home on Indiana Ave. Rest In Peace Sister Jean.
I'll never forget you!
Posted by Groove Time Smooth Jazz on March 31, 2012
I don't believe I can say it better than to quote JK: "Sister Jean's unconditional love for all people remains as an example to all of us as we walk on and touch the lives of others. Sister Jean's love will be missed by many." I have often thought about starting a Smooth Jazz concert series at that church. I think now is the time. RIP Saint Jean.
Posted by Wallace Bakely on November 24, 2011
Fifteen yrs ago I was unfortunately in the throws of full blown heroin addiction, thank god I was able to overcome that addiction and live a wonderfull life, sister Jean fed me on a daily basis when she was serving food out of the house. Today I have been blessed enough in life and I was able to take down alot of cases of soda chips and applesauce to the church.GOD that felt great. RIP sis
Posted by Janice Harley on November 8, 2011
Today was my first time serving at Sister Jean's Soup Kitchen. Now I know what she felt when all those people came in to eat. She knew it was the right thing to do.
Posted by Lonniyell Sykes on February 1, 2011
Mama Jean I miss you so much! My heart is overwhelmed with the thought of loosing you.I miss you calling me and talking to the children. There is not a day that tears DONT roll down my face in disbelief that you have left, I know its selfish wanting you to be here, when I knew you where in so much pain.BUT I LOVE YOU AND MISS U, SO MUCH RIP.......LONNIYELL
Posted by Michael Basmajian on January 20, 2011
A true role model for us all. Let us take the lessons she has taught to heart and pass them to all. Rest in peace with God, you've certainly earned it.
Posted by Jessica Keenan on January 19, 2011
Sister Jean's unconditional love for all people remains as an example to all of us as we walk on and touch the lives of others.
Sister Jean's love will be missed by many.
Posted by Estella Blackwell on January 19, 2011
Now she is reasting in pease she fought a good fight  I Work with her and she was aperson you will never for get she was true to what is did ilove her and will really miss her.....from estellablackwell and the Dorn familY...........
Posted by Trina Jenkins on January 18, 2011
It is truly amazing to be known by those who never met you personally, but it can only be attributed to the fact that the life you've lived has truly spoken for you. What Would Jesus Do was more than a cliche. You put your word's into action. You are gone but will never be forgotten. I know that heaven is smiling. RIP Sister Jean Webster
Posted by Pam And Larry Kemble on January 18, 2011
God bless Sister Jean's Family. Sister Jean was very kind and compassionate lady. Everytime i needed to talk to her she was there. She had a heart of gold. She will truely be missed by all her family and friends. Please lets all remember what she stood for and keep he legacy alive. RIP Sister Jean. We will keep her family and friends in our prayers.
Posted by Pam And Larry Kemble on January 18, 2011
george says,

Sister jean will greatly be missed. I remember the time when Sister Jean yelled at me for touching her plates. God Bless her family. Rest in peace sister Jean.
Posted by Pam And Larry Kemble on January 18, 2011
Larry Kemble says,
This was one highly devoted lady, she had unconditional love for her feeding ministry ,and for the people she fed. my heart is greatly grieved ,i've known sister Jean for 22 years, i lost a friend , i vollunteered, i worked by her side. My heart will never b the same when i go to the morning and afternoon fedings, i won't feel the love and compation that once filled her kitchen
Posted by Kathleen Urbaniak on January 12, 2011
Sister Jean was a truly amazing woman who gave of herself each and everyday helping feed the hungry. She will be greatly missed. She was a simple person that could move mountains to take care of her guests! Rest in Peace.
Posted by Karen Urbaniak on January 12, 2011
Sister Jean Webster was truly a woman of God. Her love and compassion will remain in the hearts of everyone she touched. May her legacy live on forever. She will always be the Mother Theresa of Atlantic City. "For a greater reward awaits you in Heaven" Matthew 5:12. May you be among Jesus Christ rejoicing in your glorified body free of all illness.  <3
Posted by Tanya Schimmel on January 11, 2011
When I learned of Jean Webster and her story I was amazed by her dedication and selflessness. I, unfortunately, only had the opportunity of meeting her once, but it was such an honor and an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. Her personality shined like the stars in the sky. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Pam C on January 11, 2011
What a simply remarkable woman. Rest in His Peace, Sister Jean.
Posted by John Scotland on January 11, 2011
Jean Webster always told the young people who came to volunteer at her kitchen that "my mother taught me that you should never look down on a man unless you are looking down to help him up". Today, I've heard from a dozen young people who still remember Jean's words. What our world really needs is more Jean Websters. Thanks be to God!

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Posted by Cecelia Woodard on January 8, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM "Sister Jean"
Posted by Ramel Big Money Jones on November 15, 2014
When I was young 05 I was on da streets wit nada I came to sister jeans. And she fed me meal.so kind, I truly thank you in those times sister..u with god now rest in peace
Posted by Jeanette Mack on January 7, 2013
In Memory Of Sister Jean Webster


Happy Birthday In Heaven

you have been gone a year
it seems like only yesterday you were still with us
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Shared by Jay Urbaniak on January 19, 2011

Jean R. Webster, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend, affectionately known as “Sister Jean” to all who loved her, was born on January 7, 1935 and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 10, 2011.  She was one of nine children, born to John and Mattie Ragland, who predeceased her.  In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by: sisters, Lucille Ragland, Claudette “Choocie” Russell and Ernestine N. Denning; brothers, Leroy “Noonie” (Katie, Bobby (Geraldine) and Sidney Ragland.  She was born in New York City, New York and continued her education in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  She later attended Culinary Art School in New Jersey, and began her career as a chef in 1979, opening some of the finest restaurants in various Casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

She was baptized in 1984, and licensed as a Missionary in 1986 under the leadership of Bishop Charles Lyles and Pastor Diana Lyles, where she continued to serve until her going home.

She is survived by: her daughter, Pastor Cecelia Woodard, founder of WIN International Ministries in Meridian, MS; one grandson, Eugene “Corkey” Ragland; two sisters, Joyce and Joan Ragland; two great-grandsons, Courtney Younger and Dante Belcher, one great-granddaughter, Isis Hughes, church family, staff, and those who preached whenever asked.  Last but not least, all of those who supported her in any way possible.

Sister Jean” began feeding the homeless in 1986, when she saw a man eating out of a trash can.  She gave him five dollars and told him to get something to eat.  She told him to be at her house the next day.  After he came the next day and ate, on the third day he came back with a friend.  The word was out that there was a woman feeding the hungry out of her house!

This was the beginning of her ministry.  The Lord told her to feed the hungry.  She sacrificed much for her “Special Guests” to make sure that they would be fed.  There were many times that she used her money for her prescriptions to make sure that there would be more than enough food.  As word got out in the Casino Community, Donald Trump came on board as one of the many to make sure that there was no lack in food.  As God would have it, it caught on like wild find.  It was noticed abroad that there was a woman with the heartbeat of God who had compassion.  She took little and made much.  Not only did the Casino Community get involved, her sisters Joyce Ragland and Ernestine Denning, and brother Bobby Ragland, rolled up their sleeves, pitched in and spent countless hours helping her feed the people.  Her brother Bobby became the pot washer and Joyce and Ernestine became the waitresses.  Let’s not forget sister Debbie Thomas who had been with her since the beginning at Indiana Avenue, who rolled up her sleeves as well.

The friends of Jean Webster played a big part in the life of Sister Jean.  We know that Friends of Jean Webster, Inc. will continue her legacy with the love that Sister Jean started it with.  We thank each member of the board who made it possible for the legacy to continue, and we know it will be carried out with the integrity that Sister Jean started it with.

Matthew 14:14 – “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.  15  And when it was evening, his disciples came to  him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now pas; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.  16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.  18  He said, Bring them hither to me.  19  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  20  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.  21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.”

Sister Jean” fed tens of thousands.  Her favorite scripture was:

Matthew 25:35 – “For I was an hundred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took in thee in? or naked and clothed thee?  39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Sister Jean” was a little woman with a big heart.  When it came time for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, she made sure that each family on the request list for food received a very healthy box, even including pie crust.

Sister Jean” never missed a shot to poke fun with her Bishop, Charles R. Lyles.  Her eyes would light up when she saw him coming.  Her eyes lit up whenever she saw Past Diana Lyles as well.  When “Sister Jean” would cook for special occasions, Pastor Diana Lyles would say “Sister Jean! Who is going to eat all this food you put on my plate?”, “Sis,” Jean would reply “You are.”  There were many times that Bishop Lyles threatened to put her over his knee if she did not calm down and take care of herself.  Bishop knew that that threat did not hold water with her.  Many times, after being discharged from the hospital, she would go directly to the kitchen to check on her “guests.”  There was no stopping or discouraging her.  Her people ALWAYS CAME FIRST!

While her awards are too numerous to list, I thank you all for honoring her.

It is because of her love for the people that they loved her back.  She loved her family and we loved her back.  If it were possible, “Sister Jean,” upon her arrival in heaven, would say to God, “Where is the kitchen? I have to feed my people.”  God’s response would be, “Enter into my rest, my good and faithful servant.

My mother, “Sister Jean,” fought the good fight of faith.  She ran her course and finished.  She crossed over and received her crown (a new chef’s hat).

Mom, you will be always in my heart, as well as in the hearts of all who loved you.

Living to see you again, your daughter, "Cee-Cee" (Pastor Woodward).

Lovingly Submitted,
The Family