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Queen Esther Lawyer Robertson

Queen Esther Lawyer Robertson, affectionately known as “Louise”, was born April 30, 1930 to Earnest & Ella Jane Durant Lawyer and was the first of nine children. She went on to be with the Lord on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Robertson; her parents, Earnest and Ella Lawyer; children, William, Susan, Ronnie Robertson & Haywood Lawyer; brother, Ernest Lawyer; sisters, Kathleen Ryals & Shirley DeGroat; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mother Robertson joined Gethsemane Holy Church under the leadership of Bishop Viola Reynolds where she served and held many positions such as: Church, District and National Mother, Sunday School teacher, Choir member, Usher board, Financial Secretary & Secretary of the Church Conventions, the Kitchen Committee, and she was a faithful member till the Lord called her home. Louise loved to cook; she is known well for her “macaroni salad” and she did it with love.

Louises’ favorite songs were: “So glad I’m here”, “I won’t complain” and “This old building keep on leaning”. Louise was a giver, patient, funny, loved children and most of all loved God. Mother Robertson, an anointed woman of God, used to say in her testimony, when you have the love of God in your heart you can love and forgive people, and she was an example of that love and forgiveness. Louise touched many lives the eighty-nine years she was here on earth and she will be truly missed.

Left to cherish her memories are: her children, Bishop Walter Robertson (Sheryll), Queen Casey, Diane Lindsey, Mary Robertson (her caregiver) all of Richmond, VA, Jeanette Robertson of Philadelphia, PA, Roy Robertson (Belinda) of North Carolina, Jesse Robertson, Jessie Winn (Chauncey) and Viola Pettus (Charles) all of Richmond, VA; daughter in-law Shelia Robertson-Tisdale of Kenbridge, VA; one brother James Lawyer of New Jersey; four sisters, Hattie Lawyer, Susan Martin of New York, Mary Jane Martin and Bettie Hazelwood (James) of Victoria, VA; twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, fourteen great-great grandchildren; her best friend Pastor Lucy Rose; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 25, 1 p.m. at The Peoples Community Center, Victoria, with Sister Doretha Robertson officiating and Bishop Walter Robertson, eulogist.

S.P. Jones and Son Funeral Home served the family.