Recently Read: Church Memorializes Homeless Woman

The custodian of Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston Texas found a woman sleeping in a cove of the church. Seeing the woman sleeping the custodian left food and another blanket for her and leaving her to sleep. After a few hours, and noticing that she and the food had not moved they realized that she had passed.

The church is now providing for her memorialization and bringing awareness and support to the homeless population.

Hours later, when the woman had not moved and the food remained untouched; the custodian realized she had died.

“He came and he got me. We put the sign of the cross on her forehead and we prayed over her and we realized we needed to figure out who she was and who she belonged to,” said Rev. Heather Sims.

Sims said she looked through the woman’s belongings and determined the woman’s name was Sherry Ivy. She was carrying a birthday card that showed she had just turned 50.

“This is someone who didn’t die lonely. She died being loved by many and had many friends… She was a life that we need to celebrate,” said Sims.

After contacting Ivy’s friends, Sims decided to organize a memorial service. The church has invited her friends and plan to distribute blankets, food, and other items to the homeless at Wednesday’s service.

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