Leaster Kitchen

Leaster Kitchen

1937 - 2021

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Her Story Leaster Muldrow was born August 16, 1937 to parents Matthew E. Muldrow and Cora Lee Duffie Muldrow in Washington, Arkansas. She was the third of four children, an older sister Christine Tillman, and an older brother Earnest Muldrow Sr. both who proceeded her in death. She attended elementary schools in Arkansas and California. She graduated from Balboa High School (1955) in San Francisco. She met and married Luther Kitchen in 1958. To this union 4 children were born. She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age. She served faithful in various ministries at each church where she was a member. She spent her early life in San Francisco, CA and attended St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. After marriage she and her husband Luther Kitchen united with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA from 1958-1962. Some years later they moved to Berkeley, CA. Luther and Leaster determined to be more active in church and determining that San Francisco was further than they liked to attend church they were invited to and later united with the Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in Berkeley, CA. In 1980 Leaster and Luther moved to Santa Rosa, CA and later united with the Community Baptist Church in Santa Rosa, CA. After many years they moved there membership to House of Refuge Church in Santa Rosa CA. Upon the death of the pastor the couple became members of Freedom Worship Center Ministries in Santa Rosa. Leaster and her husband was introduced and later united with the Genesis Baptist Church where she faithfully attended until her health failed her. In Leaster’s formative years to young adult years she attended St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. Leaster enjoyed singing in the choir. Leaster enjoyed studying the bible. Before her eyes sight grew worse she could be found reading the Bible or teaching a Bible Study group. She loved worship. Her favorite songs included “Precious Lord Take My Hand”, “Let the Church Say Anen”, “Jesus Jesus Jesus,” ”I’m on my way to heaven don’t you want to go.” Her employment included but not limited to Program Engineering in Berkeley, CA, and Alameda County Recorder’s Office Supervising Clerk - Vital Statistics/ Unit until she retired. Leaster enjoyed conversing with people and her talents included gardening, cook-ing, and baking. Her sweet potato pies were often requested at family functions. She was also known for her ability to straighten a women’s hair with a straightening comb. On Friday nights or Saturday evenings her kitchen or her mother’s kitchen is where you could find her doing her daughters or a family member’s hair. Leaster did not mind getting her hands dirty. She could be seen on many occasions working alongside her mechanic and jack of all trades husband. Whether she was passing him tools, painting or gardening, she worked diligently to build a comfortable life. Mama Lee as she was affectionately called for the first time by her grandson, Jason was known for making others comfortable in her home. She was hospitable. You would never leave hungry as she would prepare something for you to eat or drink before you left her premises. Whether you called her Leaster, Lee, Honey, Mom, or Mama Lee, you probably have a fond memory of her kind spirit. May her spirit of love pass from heart to heart and be expressed in the lives of those who had the privilege to know her. Leaster leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 62 years Luther Kitchen Sr,; two daughters Cassandra Kitchen, Rhonda Kitchen; two sons Terry Kitchen, Sr., Lu-ther Kitchen Jr.; one daughter in law Katrina Kitchen; one sister Artenzilee Lynch; one half-brother Paul Muldrow; one sister-in-law Mary Muldrow; one brother-in-law Bobby Lynch; three grandsons Jason Kendall, Terry Kitchen Jr, Gabriel Kitchen; two granddaughters Myisha Kitchen Smith, Christina Kitchen Tucker; five great-grandchildren Sariaha Kitchen Smith, Jah’siyah Tucker, Xavier Smith, Z’niayah Tucker, Kaylani Kitchen; one son in love Mauro Tapia and his family, and many who thought of her as a mother or grandmother. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her.
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Celebration of Life

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday, April 2, 2021
Eggen & Lance Chapel - Santa Rosa
1540 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California, United States
(707) 545-3747