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Jessie Lee (Samuels) Jacobs

March 22, 1924 ~ April 23, 2020 (age 96)

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Mrs. Jessie Lee Jacobs Story

Jessie L. Jacobs, 96, passed away on April 23, 2020 at Merriam Gardens Healthcare & Rehab Center in Merriam, Ks.  She was born March 22, 1924 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jesse James Townsend and Beaunis Tucker Samuels. Jessie grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Jessie was affectionately called “Tutta” by her siblings and her children.  She received her early education and completed requirements for G.E.D. in Shreveport.  She later earned a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

After moving to Kansas City, Kansas she was a homemaker until her husband past away.  She then went to work as a seamstress for a Kansas City, Missouri furrier company.  After retiring as nursing assistant and seamstress she became a part-time nursery school/day care worker in Kansas City, Kansas.

She accepted Christ at an early age in Shreveport, Louisiana.  After moving to Kansas City, she joined The Eighth St. Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas and was a member for 70 years where she worshipped and served faithfully until her health failed.  Jessie served in several capacities which included teaching Sunday School and Baptist Training Union.  She worked in the Mission Department, and The Home Department (Visitation of Shut-Ins).  Jessie was a beautiful, determined Woman of God and led each of her children and others to Christ.

Her hobbies were gardening, sewing and traveling. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends often, especially Sunday dinners.

She met her future husband Otis O. Jacobs, Sr. in Shreveport, Louisiana.  They were married and moved to Kansas City, Kansas.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otis Sr.; sister, Freddie Mae Williams; brother, Eddie Leon Samuels and eldest son, William Charles Johnson.

Jessie leaves to cherish her dear memory: daughters, Pameliah (Granvile) O’Neal; Catherine (James) Durham and Joyce Jacobs all of Kansas City, Kansas; Sherei (Gus) Stiles of Kansas City, Missouri; and Barbara Jacobs of Lake Elsinor, California;  sons, Leon Jacobs of Kansas City, Kansas and Otis O. Jacobs Jr. of Independence, Missouri; one special niece, Veronica Williams of Houston, Texas; her nineteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren and one great- great grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.


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May 9, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Eighth Street Baptist Church
1420 North 8th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66104

Funeral Service
May 9, 2020

11:00 AM
Eighth Street Baptist Church
1420 North 8th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66104

Interment at Leavenworth
May 11, 2020

9:00 AM
Leavenworth National Cemetery
150 Muncie Rd
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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