The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


102-year-old has faith in Angels

Oct. 27 was a typical and not-so-typical Sunday for Faith Henderson. As usual, she attended worship at First Lutheran Church, Fullerton, Calif., negotiating a side aisle of the sanctuary with the help of a walker. And as it has for the past several months, her walker sported an Anaheim Angels banner.

But that Sabbath was remarkable for the Angels fan, since later that day her team won game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. One Angels player is even Lutheran: Darin Erstad, who grew up attending Trinity, Jamestown, N.D.

The team's first world championship in 41 years was an "incredible thrill" for Faith, who's been an admirer since the franchise's founding in 1961. At 102 years old, Faith has been honored as the Angels' oldest fan — a devotee who's attended many games.

She watched game 7 from the comfort of her swivel armchair at home, meticulously noting the inning-by-inning action on a handmade scorecard.

"I was absolutely ecstatic," she says of the final victory. "The team had come from behind so many times, and I knew they were going to do it again."

She laughs heartily, saying, "I was so excited, I didn't fall asleep until 3 the next morning. I just kept going over that game and the others in the Series. I just kept thinking about those Angels!"

How long will her walker display the team's banner? "Oh, just another day or two," Faith responds. "Then it's time to put the Lakers banner on."


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