September 29, 1959 – February 3, 2021
Andrea Willhite Magana was a deeply loved mother, wife, and friend. She will be missed beyond words and forever cherished for her warm and loving heart that fiercely loved Jesus.
Andrea Willhite was born September 29, 1959, to Bonnie and Billy Joe Willhite of Delhi, California. She grew up in Delhi and attended the Assemblies of God church where she fell in love with her Lord and Savior. Andrea loved Jesus with all of her heart and naturally wanted to share the love that she had found. In the late “˜70s, she joined a Christian mission organization called Youth With a Mission (YWAM). While in YWAM, she traveled to Mexico and inner city Los Angeles to tell others about the life-changing love of Jesus.
In YWAM, her life was changed forever when she met her husband and anchor, Joseph Magana. They were married in 1981 and a year later had their first child, Joel. Andrea and Joe began their ministry together working with Cambodian refugees in San Pedro, California. Just a few years later, they were called by the Lord to help plant a small church in Livingston, California. While Andrea and Joe were working to start a church, Andrea was blessed with her second child, her daughter Rachel.
Andrea homeschooled Joel and Rachel out of her desire to instill a wholehearted love for Jesus within her children. Her desire developed into a lifelong passion for ministering to, caring for, and educating children. She worked for Turlock Christian Schools and in 1992 was blessed with the precious gift of Hannah, her third child. She went on to work in education for the next 28 years.
As the years passed, Joe’s health declined due to diabetes. Andrea cared for him, stood beside him, and knelt in prayer fighting for the love of her life. She was a true example of a woman of God as she spent every morning reading her Bible and praying. Andrea knew that a branch cannot live without being connected to the Vine. God’s word and a prayerful relationship with the same Jesus she fell in love with as a child are what sustained her when her husband passed away on February 5th, last year.
On Wednesday morning, February 3rd, almost a year after her husband went to be with the Lord, Andrea lost her short but intense battle with COVID-19. She is now with Jesus which is the greatest hope for those who love Him. After she passed, her children were reading her Bible and found a note which read, “If the body lives and the soul dies, what hope is there? If the body dies and the soul lives, there is hope eternal! Hope is for the living. God can restore the lost and wayward souls and redeem them to Himself. Never close the door of your heart to God, a dimly burning flame He will not quench out. It can be fanned into flame once again!” The message of Jesus is hope eternal. This is the truth she held onto in life and wanted everyone to know.
Due to COVID-19 and the desire of her family that no one else should lose a loved one to this preventable enemy, memorial plans for Andrea will be a small private affair amongst immediate family. A zoom meeting and opportunity to share cherished memories will follow the memorial. In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts can be given to her family as they adjust to life without their mother and to help make up for her loss of income to the household. Information about the zoom meeting memorial will also be available at the go fund me update page, where donations can be made.