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Sister Ivy Williams was born in Givhan’s, South Carolina on March 14th, 1936, to loving parents Brother Nelson Jenkins and Sister Louise Jenkins. Sister Ivy always kept a smile on her face even in the toughest times. She would help anyone in need. She was always the center of attention, and everyone would open up to her and tell her their life stories.
Sister Ivy’s formal education began in Givhans elementary school, and she graduated from Alston High School in 1954. At an early age, Sister Ivy received Christ as her Lord and Savior. In 1957, she relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Always a diligent worker, Sister Ivy initially found short-term employment in a local factory and obtained a New York State Cosmetology license where she obtained gainful employment as a beautician. She loved doing hair and transforming ladies into beauty queens.
Sister Ivy met and after courtship subsequently married Sinclair Williams in Brooklyn, New York in 1958. Out of this union, five children were born: Emmanuel Williams (aka. Ricky), Deidre Williams, Ann Margaret Williams, Ivy Crystal Williams, and Bryon Williams. Sister Ivy was a loving mother who wanted to provide her children with the best life has to offer.
Sister Ivy subsequently obtained employment as a telephone operator at Bell Telephone Company. On or about 1970, Sister Ivy obtained employment as a Clerk at JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank and retired from the position in good standing in 1999.
On or about 1977, Sister Ivy joined Bridge Street A.W.M.E. Church in Brooklyn New York and maintained active membership with the church serving on the Stewardess Board, Senior Citizens Club, and was a Class Leader until her transition to be with the Lord. She truly believed in John Wesley’s Methodist belief: DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN, DO NO HARM, and LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
Ivy was an excellent homemaker. She loved to cook and maintain a loving home environment. She consistently enjoyed preparing holiday meals for family and friends to come over to her house to enjoy. She was profoundly loved by family, friends, and her beloved church community at Bridge Street A.W.M.E. Church. She will be profoundly missed, but the Lord loved her best and called her to rest in her eternal home in heaven.
Sister Ivy leaves to cherish her loving memory children: Emmanuel Williams, Brooklyn, New York; Deidre Jenkins (Leander); Ann Margaret Revander (Chris); Ivy Crystal Needleman (Ira) and Bryon Williams (Elvia). Her siblings: Alfred Jenkins; Larrie Jenkins (Rebecca); Vertilee Jenkins-McQueen (Eddie) ; Kenneth Jenkins, (Jackie) and Cynthia Glen (Willie),one aunt, Lillian Smith, (Hezekiah), nieces and nephews: Corsentra Doretta Ragin, Adrienne Ragin, Tanya Louise Sappleton, Kendrick Jenkins, Craig Jenkins, Brenda Jackson, Rochella Jackson, Will Jackson, Zenobia Jenkins and Jelani Jenkins, her grandchildren: Ishmael McCormick, Rayshawn Smith, Dakwan Williams, Jayqwan Daniely, Jahki Daniely, Nicole Jenkins, Christopher Jenkins, Juanita Jenkins, Leander Mike Jr., Janelle Mike, Christina Carr and Angela Carr. As well as a host of cousins, other family members, friends, and neighbors.
On behalf of the family, we encourage you to share your personal experiences and preserve the memory of Ms. Ivy Williams for future generations to come.