Thelma Edwards Rembert was the fourth of five children born to the union of the late Rev. Dan Edwards, and Emma Moorer in Lowndes County, Alabama. Following the death of her mother at the tender age of five, she relocated to Birmingham to join her father and other siblings. She married Melvin Rembert on December 29, 1947 and had two daughters, the first of whom expired shortly after birth. In 1955, Thelma and Melvin relocated to Pennsylvania. In the ensuing years, they advanced their education and acquired numerous real estate properties. Thelma obtained several certifications and completed her undergraduate requirements in Education at California State University to be near her children. Mrs. Rembert retired in 2004 after a career of 31 years as an Instructional Assistant and Math Resource Instructor. Her proudest moments included an invitation to the White House and a mission trip to Finland.
Mother Rembert’s rich history of church work began under her father’s pastorate in the Apostolic Holiness Movement in AL., continued at Lincoln Avenue Church of God in PA., and found full expression under her daughter’s pastorate in CA. In the early years, Mrs. Rembert served as a Sunday School teacher, Mission President, Prayer Ministry Leader, and was known for her excellent cooking—often hosting evangelists in her home. In 1982, she was instrumental in planting Landmark Ministries Church and started a number of church-school initiatives. Her ultimate delight was in studying the Scriptures and caring for her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, Melvin Rembert, and siblings Anne Richardson, Norma Smith, Lenora Lindsey, Henry Edwards, and Arthur Edwards.
Treasuring her memory and example is her daughter Cynthia (Alvin), grandchildren Everett (Nancy), David, Shatika, and great grandson Joshua. Sharing in affection for her legacy are siblings Rev. Lee Howard Edwards (Naomi), Elsie Gardner (Willie) of Montgomery, Alabama, Ray Dan Edwards, Lawrence Edwards, Eunice Washington, Sandra Taylor (Gary), and Norman Edwards all of the Birmingham area.
She held an extraordinary fondness for nieces Dr. Anita Edwards, Denise Rembert, and sister-in-law Ruth Smith. Holding a special place in her heart were a myriad of nieces and nephews, cousins, church members, and friends.