Jacquelyn Ford Obituary
Jackie and Ralph, behind their residence in Chicago, on Chestnut Street A few of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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In Memory of

Jacquelyn B. Ford

June 2, 1929 - February 23, 2011
Obituary

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. (Psalms 27:4) Mrs. Jacquelyn Ford, née Beavers, was born June 2, 1929 to the union of George and Ida (Chambers) Beavers in the small hamlet of St. Paul in Bradley County, Arkansas. She is the third of the eleven children born to her parents. Both parents have preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by three step-siblings, Rev. Vernell Beavers, Otis Beavers, and Plyma Beavers Green. Mrs. Ford, called Jackie, was a fast learner and...
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. (Psalms 27:4)

Mrs. Jacquelyn Ford, née Beavers, was born June 2, 1929 to the union of George and Ida (Chambers) Beavers in the small hamlet of St. Paul in Bradley County, Arkansas. She is the third of the eleven children born to her parents. Both parents have preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by three step-siblings, Rev. Vernell Beavers, Otis Beavers, and Plyma Beavers Green.

Mrs. Ford, called Jackie, was a fast learner and excelled in academics. Just before she was to enter college, her heart was "captured" by a young sailor named Ralph Ford. Their romance led to Holy Matrimony on August 10, 1946. Their union was blessed with two sons, Ralph Jr. (deceased), and Bruce. In 1966 her faithful and dedicated husband was called to eternal rest, leaving her with two teenaged sons to raise. Jackie's faith in God, undaunted courage, and steadfast prayers equipped her to manage gracefully. Both sons became law enforcement officers with the Chicago Police Department. While raising her two sons, Jackie was employed at Nestles Company. She started as an assembly line worker, and eventually went on to become the manager of one of their analytical laboratories. After working for Nestles for 43 years she then retired at the age of 68.

Jackie confessed Christ while still in elementary school and was baptized at St. Paul AME Church in Warren Arkansas. She was a faithful member there, until her marriage, when she and Ralph moved to Chicago. Once there, they joined Carey Tercentenary AME Church, Chicago, Ill. Jackie actively served there for 53 years in various capacities: Program Coordinator of the Chancel Choir, Trustee Board, Adult Sunday School teacher, member of the Annie P. Huey Missionary Society, Retreat Planner for the Board of Christian Education, President of the Chicago Conference Lay Organization, Member of the General Board of the AME Church, Episcopal District Delegate to the Chicago Conference and General Conference for numerous years.

In addition to her countless commitments to the Church, Jackie was a den mother for Cub Scout Troop #3365, in connection with Boy Scout Troop #365, for which her husband served as Scout Master. Jackie was also active in her neighborhood as a member of the 3400 - 3500 Grenshaw Street and St. Louis Block Club, where she worked on numerous committees and served as vice-president. Jackie was instrumental in the creation and development of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center, which served the impoverished Lawndale community on the west side of Chicago. She served on the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center with Congressman Danny Davis. Additionally she worked on the first campaign of Danny Davis when he ran for aldermen of the 24th Ward of the City of Chicago, which eventually led to his first elected political office. Jackie was a community activist, very politically active in the City of Chicago having worked with Rev. Jesse Jackson on voter registration drives in the City of Chicago. Her work for the eventual election of President Barack Obama was the highlight of her community activism.

In 1999, Jackie moved to Henderson, Nevada and immediately became a member of Holy Trinity AME Church, Las Vegas, Nevada where she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School teacher and as an active member of both the Lay Organization and the Biddy Mason Women's Missionary Society. Above all, Jackie was strongly committed and devoted to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her church activities.

Jackie cherished the grandchildren who called her "Nana". She leaves to mourn her loss; her son Bruce and his wife Anita, her devoted daughter-in-law Martha (wife of deceased son Ralph), six grandchildren, Jackie Leshele, Chad, Cassie, Lamon, Alicia Joy, Ralph III, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, eight sisters, Irma Henry, Milwaukee, WI, Francine Brunson, Henderson, NV, Julia Davis, East Moline, IL, Mollie DeNye, Las Vegas, NV, Maude Barker (Dr. Lucius), Menlo Park, CA, LaVern Gee, Milwaukee, WI, Fredda Jones (Dorsey), Henderson, NV, Rev. Dorothy L. Dykes (Otis), Henderson, NV, two brothers, George C. Beavers, and Donald E. Beavers, both of Chicago, IL, and a foster sister, Bille Jean Carruthers. In addition, she is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be anymore pain." (Rev.21:4)

Lovingly submitted by the family

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