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Irene Jefferson

April 29, 1922 — July 25, 2020

Irene Jefferson was born April 29, 1922 in Doddsville, Mississippi to the late Robert Clark and Zella McNeil.

Mom, Irene, gave her life to Christ at an early age. She remained steadfast and faithful in the word of God throughout her lifetime. Her life's work revolved around her faith in God and family. She devoted her life to the church.

Irene left Mississippi as a young lady with her mother and moved to Toledo, Ohio. Later, she met and married the late Curley B. Jefferson. From that union, a son was born, Curley. Later, she decided to move to New York City where she was employed as a domestic worker. After retiring, she began babysitting small children. One of the families she babysat for remained close to her to this very day.

She joined the Antioch Church of God in Christ in Jamaica, New York. While attending there, Pastor Woods and First Lady Woods became her mentors teaching her the work of God. She was affectionately known as Mother Irene to all who knew her. After the death of her son, her daughter-in-law moved her to Elgin, SC. She joined the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ in Lugoff, SC where her pastor was the Elder Clarence Goodwin and First Lady Mary L. Goodwin. When she became unable to attend church, she enjoyed visits and prayer from Elder Goodwin and his wife.

Sunset came for Mother Irene Jefferson on July 25, 2020. She was reunited with her parents, her son, Curley, and her granddaughter, Sonya Rene Jefferson. She leaves a legacy of love and forget me not; two grandsons, Gregory Jefferson and Steven (Amy) Jefferson of Florida; two great-granddaughters, Verdell and Stacy; three great-grandsons, Steven, Jr, Sean and Jan; three great-great-great grandchildren, Christian, Kiara, and Lennox; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Verdell Jefferson; a host of extended relatives.

Mother Jefferson was viewed and loved as a very special cousin by; Earline (Jerome) Price, Dorothy Wilson, Elaine Jackson, Eugene (Joyce), William (Cynthia), David (Sarah), Melvin (Chole) and Kenneth (Wendy). They never forgot her when it came to holidays, birthday, and other special events. They would express their love with flowers, monetary gifts and fruit baskets. Her niece Desiree (Louie) Gonzales would assist Verdell with Mother Jefferson and Isabell was like a daughter to her. Bryant and Chris would often call and visit. Patricia Wood, daughter of Elder Wood, along with Vincent, Jason and Cathy Jenkins would keep in contact with Mother. Her prayer partner, Mother Footman, would pray with her every Wednesday. These many acts of love, and others unmentioned, were all enjoyed by Mother Jefferson and helped her to live a long and complete life.
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