Celebrating the Life of Andrea McInnis

Celebrating the Life of Andrea McInnis

This is the video memorial of my sister, Andrea McInnis (02/11/1969 – 09-16-2017)


Musical Artist: Flame
Featured artists: Kenny Petty, Json
Album: Our World: Redeemed
Released: 2008
Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Andrea lived to care for her mother, just as her mother lived to care for her children. Since Andrea never really left home, her life changed drastically as she went from being the baby to the primary caretaker of her mom, overseeing her care at a health care facility and visiting often. Andrea had a wonderful sense of humor and compassion for others. She was gifted in the art of makeup, beauty and fashion, but never followed that career path. Although she lived a somewhat reclusive life, Andrea did accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior and gained strength and comfort from the Lord.’

However, it is God who numbers our days, and the Lord took Andrea back to himself at the young age of 48 years old. Her mother, Eula died a few days later. They are laid to rest together here at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California and live forever in eternity with God.

If you have ever had to take care of a sick person, you know it is not easy. Well, what about two sick people taking care of each other? The story of Ruth and Naomi remind me of the unfailing love between a mother and daughter. In the case of my sister, Andrea, a daughter that refuses to leave her mother even if she isn’t feeling well herself; even if she has to get up at 6 a.m. to take a paratransit bus to see her Mom and wait for hours for a ride home; even if her Mom doesn’t feel like talking to her when she gets there. My sister, Andrea went from being the baby girl to the devoted caretaker of our Mom. She never married or had children, but she loved kids and she loved her Mom. Andrea was resourceful, like Ruth. She did what she had to do. Before she passed away, she told me she had not been feeling well and gave me instructions about what to do about Mom if something happened to her. Of course, I did not want to believe anything would happen to her and I encouraged her to get medical attention, but even then, she put the needs of her mother before her own health. On the way to California, I prayed about how I would tell my mother her baby girl had passed away, but just a few days later, I received the call about Mom. She had also passed away.

Ruth 1:19-20
Today, I feel like Naomi, having lost my precious Mom and Sister at the same time, I can identify with the woman that lost her husband and her sons, but I am not bitter because Me, my mother, my sister, my husband and much of my family here serve a merciful God.

Isaiah 61:3 says, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

The promises of God continue to console me until I see my loved ones again.

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