Jacquelyn Ford Obituary
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In Memory of

Jacquelyn B. Ford

June 2, 1929 - February 23, 2011
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If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Jacquelyn B. Ford. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Jacquelyn was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant. Jacquelyn was born on June 2, 1929 at home (Dr. J. A. White) in Warren, Arkansas. She was the daughter of George W. and Ida Chambers-Beavers. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Jacquelyn was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Jacquelyn's personality throughout her life. Though Jacquelyn was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Jacquelyn was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Jacquelyn worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Jacquelyn was raised with ten siblings- eight sisters and two brothers. She had two older sisters, Irma and Francine; six younger sisters: Julia, Mollie, Maude, LaVerne, Fredda, and Dorothy; and two younger brothers, George and Donald. Jacquelyn and her siblings had the typical...
If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Jacquelyn B. Ford. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Jacquelyn was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

Jacquelyn was born on June 2, 1929 at home (Dr. J. A. White) in Warren, Arkansas. She was the daughter of George W. and Ida Chambers-Beavers. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Jacquelyn was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Jacquelyn's personality throughout her life.

Though Jacquelyn was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Jacquelyn was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Jacquelyn worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Jacquelyn was raised with ten siblings- eight sisters and two brothers. She had two older sisters, Irma and Francine; six younger sisters: Julia, Mollie, Maude, LaVerne, Fredda, and Dorothy; and two younger brothers, George and Donald. Jacquelyn and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Jacquelyn was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Jacquelyn was always tactful. One thing Jacquelyn will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Jacquelyn had a number of interests and was an active child. Jacquelyn took part in basketball and was a member of the 4-H Club.

For Jacquelyn, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Jacquelyn was also adept at details. Jacquelyn was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Bradley County High School in 1946. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were English and mathematics. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. M. G. Moore. In addition to graduating second in her class, she also won first place in Home Economics class for her hot rolls.

There was one thing that all of Jacquelyn's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Jacquelyn was such a popular person throughout her life. But Jacquelyn was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Jacquelyn was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Jacquelyn was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Jacquelyn was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Jacquelyn was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Jacquelyn made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Billie Burns, Marian Wilder, and George Broughton. Later in life, she became friends with Robin Jordan, Connie Dubois, Mr. and Mrs. Link William, Mamon Powell, and Lois Johnson.

Jacquelyn was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Jacquelyn cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On August 10, 1946 Jacquelyn married Ralph Ford at Carey Tercentenary African Methodist Church of Chicago, Illinois. Compassionate and devoted, Jacquelyn worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

Harmony was important to Jacquelyn and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Jacquelyn was blessed with two sons, Ralph Jr. and Bruce Lynn. She was also blessed with six grandchildren: Lamon, Jackie Leshele, Alicia Joy, Ralph III, Chadwick and Cassandra; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Jacquelyn was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Jacquelyn was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Jacquelyn would listen before she would act.

Taking her work seriously came naturally to Jacquelyn, and she expected the same from those around her. Jacquelyn was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Jacquelyn was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Jacquelyn handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was as an Analytical Lab Technician. She was employed for 43 years by Curtis Candy Company (now Nestle). She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

Jacquelyn was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Jacquelyn was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Jacquelyn played basketball and ran track. Recreational sports included bowling and golf. Jacquelyn also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was baseball.

Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Jacquelyn to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Jacquelyn did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Jacquelyn was a member of the English Literature Club. Throughout her later years, Jacquelyn was an active member of the Young Matron Bridge Club and the Unique Investment Club.

Jacquelyn was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. So it’s little wonder that she was active and highly valued by those in her community, serving on the committee for the Sickle-Cell Anemia Club. She was also the Grenshaw Block Club Vice President and Den Mother for the Boy Scouts. Politically, Jacquelyn was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party, Congressman of the Fourth Congressional District.

Her high moral standards and traditional values served Jacquelyn well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member of St. Paul AME in Warren, Arkansas for 17 years; Carey Tercentenary AME in Chicago, Illinois for 53 years; and Holy Trinity AME in Las Vegas, Nevada for 11 years. During that time, she was the Sunday School secretary, Sunday School superintendent, President of Chicago Conference Lay, Delegate for the Missionary Quadrennial, Delegate to General Conference, and a member of the General Board. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

Not only did Jacquelyn enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included Jamaica and Ontario, Canada.

Jacquelyn was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Mac, a German Shepherd dog, who was a best friend for six years.

Since it was easy for Jacquelyn to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Jacquelyn was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1998. Her new life involved relocating to Henderson, Nevada, where she was able to avoid shoveling snow! In retirement, she found new pleasure in playing golf and staying active in the church. Even in retirement, Jacquelyn stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

Jacquelyn passed away on February 23, 2011 at St. Rose Hospital, Siena Campus in Henderson, Nevada. She is survived by her son, Bruce; daughters-in-law, Anita and Martha; grandchildren: Lamon, Jackie L, Alicia, Ralph III, Chadwick, and Cassandra; eight great-grandchildren; sisters: Irma, Fran, Julia, Mollie, Maude, LaVerne, Fredda, and Dorothy; and her brothers, George and Donald. Services were held at Holy Trinity AME in Las Vegas, Nevada and Carey Tercentenary African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois. Jacquelyn was laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Jacquelyn was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Jacquelyn was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Jacquelyn B. Ford.

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