Janice Elizabeth Burns Jacobs

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Janice Elizabeth Burns Jacobs began life's transition on September 19, 1955 as the youngest and only daughter of the late Mr. Jesse Lee, Sr. and Mrs. Marie Burns in Bradenton, Florida. Their household had a firm belief in 'God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Holy Spirit our Comforter and Humankind our Family'. There was never a transition from the motto of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 'Motivated to Act'
Of the many transitions, one chooses to make, Janice Elizabeth was motivated to act and achieve in life by completed her secondary education in the public schools of Manatee County in Bradenton, Florida. Her focus then became Head, Hand and Heart and she graduated and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Bethune Cookman College (University), Daytona Beach, Florida in 1976. Janice also received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Florida as part of life's transition. Her final degree, a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling was earned from Webster University in 2014. Janice Elizabeth Burns choose to be a change agent and was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and served as a mentor for young people. As time would have it, Janice Elizabeth Burns, met and fell in love with a young man in Gainesville, Florida, Tony B. Jacobs and in August of 1986, they were married. Their transition was, 'until death us do part.'
Janice Elizabeth Bums Jacobs will be sorely missed by those who love her, but will also be remembered as a 'sharp, stately lady' who loved to wear hats with shoes to match. Whenever She entered the room, everyone knew she would look her best with that heartwarming smile. This Tole of life is filled with many transitions. The songwriter, Jenny Wilson said it is time and swift! 'Naught of Earth unmoved can stand. Build your hopes on things Eternal. Hold to it God' s unchanging hand.' Janice Elizabeth Burns Jacobs heeded those words and transitioned from this earthly life and moved to life eternal on July 2, 2018 when she heard the voice of Jesus say, 'Peace be Thine.'
Those who remain to celebrate her transition include her loving husband, Toney B. Jacobs; her devoted, supportive only brother, Jesse L. Burns, Jr. of Ocala, Florida; sisters in law, Karen Camps Haile (Eugene) and Maria Nelson; brothers in law, Greg Nelson, Keith Robinson and Kevin Nelson; aunts in law; uncles in law; nine nieces; three nephews; six great nieces; seven nephews; and one great-great niece of Gainesville, Florida; cousins and the many who knew her, especially her church families. She also leaves to mourn an extended family of brothers and sisters, Ida Anderson Burns, Sarah Burns Ranes, Darcey Burns and one brother; Clinton Burns, all of Dunnellon, FL.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 At St. Paul AME Ocala, Friday 4-7 at Greater Beathel AME Gainesville, FL . Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday 11:00 am at Greater Bethel AME Gainesville . Services entrusted to Signature Memorial Funeral and Cremation Services LLC, 3401 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641.

Published in Gainesville Sun from July 12 to July 13, 2018
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