PEORIA - Jessie Mae McDonald, 76, of Peoria passed away and went to be with Jesus at 8:55 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Drew, Miss., to Bunion Sr. and Marie (Liston) Jackson. She married Donald D. McDonald on Dec. 23, 1966, in Peoria. He survives.
Jessie was known as "Sista" to many family and friends. She was a culinary whiz and shared her gift professionally with Hunt's Family Restaurant and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority combined for more than 33 years. However, her greatest joy was sharing her delectable treats with those she loved.
She was a devout member of the All Nation Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Peoria for more than 50 years, where she served in the capacity of Sunday school teacher, superintendent, choir member, missionary chairperson, mother's board member and kitchen staff member.
She will be missed by all.
She leaves to carry on her life her husband, Donald; one daughter, DeAndrea (Chris) Haynes of Crestview, Fla.; one son, Jeffrey (Amelia) McDonald of Peoria; two sisters, Dollie (Floyd) Creswell and Mary Jean (Sammy) Robinson; two brothers, Bunion (Rose) Jackson Jr. and Albert (Annie) Jackson, all of Peoria; seven grandchildren; and one godson; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members who adored her and will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
Home-going services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 401 Elm St., with visitation prior at 9:30 a.m. Elder CJ Jowers will officiate. Parkview Cemetery will be Jessie's resting place. Friends and family will be received at 600 Paris Ave.
Arrangements were made especially for Jessie's family and professionally directed by T.W. Parks Colonial Chapel.
Online condolences or words of encouragement can be made at www.twparkschapel.com.