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Mrs. Brenda Kelly Jacobs was born to the proud parents of Mr. Jessie Taylor and Ms. Lorraine McCauley in Chicago, IL on August 19,1950. Later Mr. Andrew Kelly and Mrs. Lorraine McCauley were married, and Brenda called him father. Brenda was the oldest child of the Kelly brothers and sisters.
Brenda was a circle of strength to her younger brothers and sisters and was like a second mom. She met and married Mr. Beenie Jacobs. Brenda was an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend. Brenda started singing with her brothers and later sisters formed a group known as Terry & Kelly singers. Brenda also sang with the choir and sometimes with her mother and aunts in their group The McCauley Singers. Brenda wrote poems and wrote a song in the beginning, which she sang herself.
Brenda shared a very special bond with her family, a little, crazy, a little bit loud, and a whole lot of love. She loved to sing with her family whenever they got together. Brenda loved to dance, play cards, listen to old dusty and gospel songs. Brenda loved to wear hats and she wore them well. She was a giver and she shared whatever she could with family and friends. She lived every moment, singing, laughing, and dancing. Brenda's legacy will live in our hearts forever. Thank you, Lord, for all the good times and loving memories we've shared with Brenda.
Brenda attended Chicago Public schools at an early age. She was baptized by the late Rev. Lloyd Johnson at New Jerusalem M.B.C. Later she joined Bethesda Christian Church under the leadership of Bishop Charlie Shaw. Later she joined New Testament M.B.C. under the leadership of Rev. Columbus Morris, where her mother was the assistant Pastor, Rev. Lorraine Kelly. Brenda also belonged to Greater Sea Testament who was later changed to Anointed Vessel under the leadership of Rev. Lorraine Kelly and Bishop Timothy Pleasant. Brenda moved to Kansas City, MO in late 1999. She joined Greater Inspirational Church C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Wards. Later she joined Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Marvin Mayfield where she stayed until her passing.
Brenda earned wings on June 19, 2023, at her brother-in-law and sisters home.
Brenda was preceded in death by her husband Bennie Jacobs, her parents Jessie Taylor, Rev. Andrew Kelly and Rev. Lorraine Kelly, Lady Taylor, grandparents, brothers James Taylor, Varnas Kelly, Lorenzo McCauley, Luezer McCauley, and grandson Timothy Jackson.
Brenda leaves to cherish her loving memories, her son Terry Jacobs (Vernetta) of Chicago, Il; daughter Brenett Jackson (Shauntez) of Bentonville, Ark; nine sisters Patricia Mayfield (Marvin) of Raytown, MO; Angela Spann (Auzy) of Kansas City, MO; Precilla Truit (Terry), Sylvia Jackson, Bertha Doubet, Theresa Taylor, Gwendolyn Evans, Hazel Taylor all of Chicago, Il; Twanna Crawford of Huntsville, Al, nine brothers; Michael Kelly of Greenbay, WI, Terry Kelly (Angel) of Kansas City, MO, Curtis Kelly of Kansas City, MO, Vance Kelly, Micheal Kelly, Micheal Taylor, Bruce Taylor, Verna Taylor (Denita), Lamont Taylor all of Chicago, Il; Bruce Sparks of Atlanta Georgia. Four grandchildren; Ka’Mary Jacobs, Ny’Asia Jackson, Elegance Brown, Kayla Washington; four ”God Children” Julie Stweart, Sheumel Barnes, Josiah Kelly, Lattice Williams, one aunt Bertha Kelly of Chicago, Il; one uncle Robert Kelly of Chicago, IL; a special cousin who was more like a little sister Augusta White, Netta Spies, Ann Amos, and Jackie Judge; special family friends Abbott family, Amos family, Starr family, Reed family, Burgin family, and Skinner family.