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Aishah Ghaffar

June 12, 1946 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Aishah Ghaffar Obituary

Charlene Chester was born June 12, 1946, in Gary, Indiana. She was born to the late James Wesley Riley and Emma McClellan-Chester. Later in life, Charlene formerly changed her name to Aishah Ghaffar. She graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School in 1965. Worked alongside "the sisters " (as they were known) at the Clayman's Lounge, which was owned by her oldest sister Gail, until she relocated to Pittsburgh, PA in 1970. Aishah was a modest housewife who attended classes at CCAC from 1980- 1982, working towards her degree in business management. There, she earned her clerical accolades and became employed with The Red Cross in Pittsburgh, Pa, transferring to Los Angeles California May 1, 1989. Aishah resided in Long Beach, California, for over 30 years. She studied to become an ordained minister with the Long Beach Worship Center and graduated from Cottonwood College School of Ministry in 2003. Aishah was formally employed at Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Institute, where she retired after 25 years of service in 2010. In 2020, Aishah reconnected with her family moving back to Pittsburgh, PA, where she loved to vacation and inspire her family until her untimely passing on December 19, 2023. Aishah was preceded in death by both parents, James Wesley Riley (father) and Emma McClellan-Chester. Maternal siblings: (Sisters) Gail Sanders, Joan Thomas-Chester, and Carol Chester. (Brothers) Earl, Leo, and Duke Chester. Paternal siblings: (Sisters) Demetria Perkins, Elizabeth Trimble, Willa Mae, Cornelia, and Denise Riley. Grandchildren: Anthony Ryan and Ronell Chester, Ashley Donald. Daughter-in-law Venice "Precious " Chester. Nephews: Raymond "Sing" Thomas and Darrell McIntosh. Aishah leaves to cherish her loving memory: 3 sons, Ryan Chester and Stanley Comans of Pittsburgh Pa. Narada (Madeline) Comans of Inglewood, CA. 1 daughter, Crystal Donald (Sheon Thomas) of South Bend, IN; 13 grandchildren, LaShonte, Monte', Keisha, Manikia (Ron), Amber, Taushell, Khalia, Tearra, Tyrese, Jaire, Davonna, Navan, JaVanna, and Maliah. Sisters: Deborah Norman of Minneapolis, MN, Jacqueline Riley of Charleston, MO, Pamela Hemphill, Sonja Riley of Perryville, MN, Barbara Jenkins and Beverly Riley of Tampa, FL. Brother: Marshall Riley of Perrysville, MN; Two special friends, Edna Eastland, and Donna Frazier; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Aishah was blessed to have 12 great-grandchildren as well. Praise God. We'll all miss Aishah's powerful scripture reading, and powerful prayers as she was in a lot of prayer circles as a prayer warrior. Saturday, December 16th, will always be that special day in our hearts because most of us had the privilege of speaking with or texting our mother. What a blessing she was able to tell each and every one of us individually that she loved us as we said our final goodbye. Until we see you later, our love. 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
December 30, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Bethany Baptist
7745 Tioga St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 30, 2023

10:00 AM
Bethany Baptist
7745 Tioga St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
 

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