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Barbara Jo Jacobs

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Barbara Jo Jacobs

Memphis, TN

Barbara Jo Jacobs, 71, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Memphis, TN.

Barbara was an incredible wife, sister, aunt, friend, and community leader. She was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Shirley Sax, and her sister, Judith Henry. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Arthur Jacobs, her brother, Steve Sax and his wife, Lois Woltag, of Eugene, Oregon; brother, Joel Sax and wife, Beth Heming, of Golden Valley, Minnesota; her six nieces, Linda Frei, Tammy Conant, Rebecca Sax, Amelia Sax, Emma Sax and Zoe Sax; and her five grand-nieces and nephews.

She was born in 1945, in Rock Island, Illinois, and married Dr. Jacobs in 1974. She graduated from the University of Illinois and received her J. D. with honors from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law. She and Dr. Jacobs moved to Memphis in 1979, where she was actively engaged in the community, holding leadership positions at the Plough Foundation; University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and Goals for Memphis. She was a valued member of an endless number of non-profit boards, including the Community Institute for Early Childhood, Memphis/Shelby Crime Commission, St. Francis Hospital, Beth Shalom Synagogue, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Memphis Jewish Home, where she served as president for two years. She also was appointed to the U. S. Department of Justice Task Force on Anti-Bias Crimes. Barbara received many awards for her tireless work to improve the lives others, including the 2006 Ruby R. Wharton Award for her role in the progress made in the enhancement of early childhood practices in Memphis.

Her interests included mahjong, reading, and travel.

Barbara was cherished by her extended family, dear friends, coworkers, and many others whose lives she touched for her generous spirit, intelligence, sense of humor, and steadfast efforts to make the world a better place.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Beth Shalom Cemetery. Donations may be made to Memphis Jewish Home, Beth Shalom Synagogue, or the .

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 30, 2017
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