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Jessie Lee
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1927 - 2017
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Obituary for Jessie Lee Thomas (Hill)

Jessie L. Thomas, 90, of Dorchester passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Jessie or “Nana” as she was affectionately known, was born on March 2, 1927 in Marietta, Georgia. She was the youngest of 10 children born to the late William and Adella (Sim) Hill of Georgia.

Jessie was introduced to Christ at a young age and could often be heard humming or singing her favorite hymns from childhood. At the age of 20, she married Willie L. Thomas of Montezuma, GA. Together they settled in Boston, MA. where they made their home, raised their five children and cared for their grandchildren. Jessie believed in education and an honest days work. She passed these beliefs along to her children and grandchildren. Jessie also joined the New Hope Baptist Church where she remained a loyal member for almost 6 decades.

Jessie was a consummate homemaker who prided herself on a beautiful and welcoming home. She could always be found in her kitchen preparing a home cooked meal, cake or pie. Jessie’s homemade macaroni and cheese was always a family favorite and impressed many others at church functions and office pot lucks. No one left Jessie’s home without being offered a meal and some fresh lemonade or iced tea. Family meant everything to Jessie “Nana” Thomas. To her, “life” was “family” and to live life was to love and care for family. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother and friend. Jessie was always kind and never short on words of encouragement. She was the matriarch of the family and will be greatly missed by all.

Jessie is survived by her youngest children, Priscilla A. Thomas and Cedric N.Thomas (Rebeca) all of Dorchester, MA. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Also, deeply mourning Jessie’s passing are her nieces, nephews, and a host of family members and friends.

A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at the Bethel AME Church, 40 Walk Hill St., Boston, MA 02130. A viewing and time for inward thoughts and prayers is at 10am and the funeral will begin at 11am. Interment to follow at the Forest Hills Cemetery and is open to all family members and friends.

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