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Real-Life Angel And Actress Della Reese Is Finally Among The Heavenly Angels Now

November 22, 2017 17:56

Della's words are the best tribute to her life:

"Touching people is very rewarding to me." Della Reese

This was not just a quote by this kind-hearted gospel singer and ordained minister but a statement of the values she lived by. Della Reese who passed on to glory in her California home on Sunday, 19th November was best known for starring in the TV series - Touched By An Angel.

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Della Reese's Biography

Although she wasn't the first or only child of her mother, her other siblings didn't live with her mum, so she grew up as an only child. By the age of six, she was already singing in church and at the age of thirteen, she was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson's group.

"My mother took Mahalia aside and looked into her eyes and said, `I've got a good child here. I wouldn't let her go off with everybody, but I trust you. I know you're a woman of God and I'm expecting you to bring me back a better child than I'm sending away with you,'" Reese told the Tavis Smiley Show.

Her career began as a singer with a hit single titled "Don't You Know" in 1959. Around 1960, she hosted her own talk show that ran for 197 episodes. According to New York Times Report, guests on her show included "George Burns, Ike and Tina Turner, Little Richard, Steve Allen, Tony Bennett, Ethel Waters and Gypsy Rose Lee." 

Around the beginning of 1975, she got into acting and was at it for decades. Some of her famous movies include Harlem Nights (1989), A Thin Line Between Love And Hate (1996) and Expecting Mary (2010). Between 1994 and 2003, she played the lead role of Tess in the religious supernatural drama - Touched by an Angel.

Delle Reese is also an ordained minister of God who is the founder of Understanding Principles for Better Living Church (UP Church). It started in her living room as a small group of eight believers seeking to gain more divine knowledge of how to bring about change in their lives.

The "Touched By An Angel" Series

The Touched by an Angel series is a religious supernatural TV series where Delle plays lead actress as Tess. It's about a Trio of angels traveling the earth and inspiring people at crossroads in their lives to turn to God.

Airing on the CBS network with the theme song "Walk With You" Touched by an Angel reached nine seasons with up to 22 episodes per season.

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A peculiarity of the function of these angels was that they weren't just assigned to help a person, they were to learn a lesson as well.

Inspiring Quotes From Della

Beyond being an amazing actor, singer and performer, being a minister of God too, Della Reese was known for speaking really powerful and inspirational words. Some of her most famous quotes include the following:

So whatever it is you want, need or desire or just like to have, you better try to get it now, 'cause this is the only time there is. (Della Reese)

I could not have made it this far had there not been angels along the way. (Della Reese)

Each week, from a different point of view, you get another look at God, and that's exciting to me. (Della Reese)

You see, I was born in the slums, that was before the ghetto. The ghetto was kind of refined; the slums was right there on the ground. (Della Reese)

We want to be a place where, and when there's no place else, you can turn us on and know that He's there, He cares, and He's going to do something about it. (Della Reese)

Della touched humanity in ways not many celebrities of her caliber would dare. She did this via the big screen as she performed her arts; whether singing, acting or performing. But she traversed the length and breadth of the world inspiring fresh hope in the down and outs of life.

We are going to miss her sorely for her wisdom and great works she performed during her days on earth. And our prayers and condolences remain with the family she left behind.

Adios Angel Della.