Louise “Coffee” Worth

Louise “Coffee” Worth

Country: USA
Activity: Activist
Keywords: activism, change, compassion, dialogue, nonviolence, solidarity

Coffee Worth was one of the most inspiring demonstrations we have ever seen of the power of love put into action in all kinds of situations. Growing up in North Carolina she became very upset with the racism she saw around her, and while still a student she began to reach out compassionately and make friends with her young black neighbors.

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A tribute to Coffee from Don and Carolyn Mosley, two of Jubilee’s founders, who knew her for more than 50 years.

Coffee Worth was one of the most inspiring demonstrations we have ever seen of the power of love put into action in all kinds of situations. Growing up in North Carolina she became very upset with the racism she saw around her, and while still a student she began to reach out compassionately and make friends with her young black neighbors. As she did this, she met George Worth, a young man who had been the son of missionaries in China and who shared her concern about such things. They married. In 1954 they became Presbyterian mis- sionaries in South Korea, a country still staggering from the war.

A book could be written about the many ways they reached out with love and joy to those suffering people! We met them there in 1968. Among other things, Don had the great privilege of working with George on the Peace Corps staff. Then - thank the Lord! - the Worths joined us at Koinonia in South Georgia in 1974. More years of love put into action, creating joyful friendships regardless of race.

At Jubilee we were then privileged to have Coffee with us for her final 20 years, constantly reaching out to refugees from all over the world, attending women’s groups and worship services in predominantly black churches and enjoying special friendships at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens. Covenant hosted a beautiful celebration of her 100th birthday, and some 200 people from all kinds of backgrounds came together to thank God for demonstrating through Coffee Worth the power and the joy of putting love into action in this world! Her son David led the sharing of inspiring memories about her.

On March 25 in Florida, attended by her loving daughter Evelyn, Coffee passed peacefully on to her reward.

♥♥♥ Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth October 28, 1919 — March 25, 2020 ♥♥♥

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