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Sunday February 11th, 2018
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New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church
Monday February 12th, 2018

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Minnie Lee Jackson

On February 5, 2018, Minnie Lee Johnson Jackson softly declared, “I want to go to Heaven, I want to go to Heaven.” That very night she went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she had received as a child at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church. Minnie Lee “Jenny Bell” was born March 28, 1925 to Mose and Flora (Patrick) Johnson and is the youngest of seven siblings. As a young child, after the passing of her mother, Minnie was sent to live with relatives in Tampa. It is in Tampa, that she graduated from Middleton High school. 

In 1955 Minnie journeyed  with her two older sisters to New Haven, Connecticut, where she met Henry “Jack” Jackson. They were married on January 28, 1968, for thirty-seven years.

Always active and social, Minnie and her sister, Eloise traveled extensively visiting several countries, including Africa and Spain; these were cherished memories, that she loved to share with family and friends. Minnie was also a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church serving as a church school teacher, on the stewardess board and singing with the gospel choir. She was Daughter Ruler of Pocahontas Temple No. 55, as well as a member of the Duchess club. Minnie was very proud to be a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women. Her most cherished job was that of Resource Librarian for the City of New Haven public school.  Even after retiring, she would often return as a volunteer with what she affectionately labeled as “my” school.

After the death of her husband, she moved to live with family in Virginia Beach in 2008. In Virginia Beach, she attended church at Greater Saint Andrews A. M. E. and was adamant about remaining an active member through tithing and communion even when she had become ill.  After visiting often with family at New Light Baptist church, she became a member of the Addie Hammond’s Widows and Senior Ministry. Minnie loved being active with the New Haven Recreation Center Senior group which she continued to do with the Kempsville Silver Slipper in Virginia Beach.  Minnie was an avid bowler, which she loved almost as much as she loved shopping.

Preceding Minnie in death are her parents; husband “Jack”; five of her siblings; her niece/daughter, Gloria; and granddaughter, Naomi. Left to celebrate her home going are: daughter, Anne Giles (George); sister Altomese Johnson Bell (George, d.), grandchildren, Natalie Giles and Jamal Giles; great-grand daughters, Jaslynn Giles, Zhane’ Howell-Giles, and Kennedy Howell; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, God-children, relatives and friends. 


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My deepest sympathy goes out to Valerie and the rest of her family on the passing of her Aunt Minnie. Minnie was my sister & friend in the NCNW New Haven Section. Such a sweet person.

Diane Petaway Feb 19 2018 12:00 AM

I will love and cherish you always Aunt Minnie. You have a special place in my heart forever. Your smile and your kindness to me will always be remembered.

Beverly Edwards Feb 12 2018 12:00 AM

A Spathiphyllum was sent by Cyril and Cecily, Telesha and the Childs family on February 10, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Feb 10 2018 12:00 AM

A Spathiphyllum was sent on February 10, 2018

TO: Family of Minnie Jackson Words may not ease your pain or the sorrow that you bear; but may you find comfort in knowing, that others care. Sincerely Expressing Heartfelt Sympathy- Godson Byron Nicholson and daughters in Christ Mae Nicholson and Rebecca Kelly

Expression of Sympathy Feb 10 2018 12:00 AM

Ms. Jackson, what a wonderful person. We worked at Columbus Ave School in New Haven. Always a lady.

Lisa Norwood Feb 10 2018 12:00 AM

Ms Minnie your smile will truly be missed, Rest in Heaven in the arms of our Savior, Love Lester.

Lester McKinley Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM

I will always Remember your mother and her hat and what a sweet person she was. My condolences go out to the family this is Barbara Whitfield .

Barbara Whitfild Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM


HEIDI PATRICK Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM

I've Loved You All My Life Aunt Minnie
~ Cheryl Floyd-Lucas

Cheryl Floy-Lucas Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM

I will remember Minnie as a member of the National Council of Negro Women, New Haven Section is was always pleasant and gave me words of encouragement when I was president. May she rest in peace.

Delores Alleyne Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM

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