Jacquelyn “Jackie” Marie Snead (Courtesy photo)

Deaconess Jacquelyn “Jackie” Marie Snead, who demonstrated a life of dedication to God and service to others, passed away on January 28. She was 90-years-old.

A member of First AME Church since 1942, Jackie grew up in FAME and shared her time and talents with youth choir, youth ushers, young adult Lay Organization. Later, she served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent as well as an officer and president of the Sarah Allen Women’s Missionary Society. She went to hold position at the conference level of the WMS and became a WMS life member in 1997.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m., at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd will officiate.

Deaconess Jacquelyn Sneed (Courtesy photo)

Jackie was born on July 11, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George and Gladys Rambo. Relocating to L.A. with her parents at the age of 10, she later graduated from Jordan High School and enrolled in CSU Los Angeles. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Education, Jacquelyn attended USC where she received her Master’s degree in Education.

Employed by Los Angeles Unified School District for 40 years, Jackie was assigned as an instructor and counselor, along with filling other capacities, before retiring in 2005. Also, she served as treasurer for the California Retired Teachers Association.

Her community involvement included active memberships in the National Council of Negro Women, Delta Head Start, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Minerva Foundation, Fortitude Foundation, NAACP, Toastmasters,

Ladies for Ethnic Advancement and Dignity, and Church Women United where she served as district coordinator.

Cherishing her memory are her sons, Albert Snead and Alfred Snead; granddaughters, Joi Marie, Alyssa Renee and Milani Denise Snead; her niece, nephews, extended family members Annie and William Bolden, Geraldine Hayes, and Karen Caffee, and a host of friends and acquaintances.

The Rev. Barbara Brooks and Juanita Kurasaki contributed to this article.