My Life Story
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7.
On June 11, 1936 at 9:00 am a bouncing baby girl entered this world and her parents, Snow and Mae
Ethel (Edwards) Wilson, named her Jennie Mae. She would join her 2 siblings, Israel (Brother) and Anna
from this union. Jennie grew up in the 5 Mile Bend area of Chatham County, GA and was raised by her
paternal aunt, Mary Edwards along with her son, Jerome.
Jennie began her elementary education at St. Benedict Catholic School. In 1950, Jennie relocated to
Philadelphia PA where she reunited with her parents and siblings. Jennie continued her education at
Southern High School where she graduated in 1954. She entered the workforce after graduation and
had several jobs until landing her career employment at the Quartermaster with the Dept. of Personnel
Support Center in 1974. Jennie started out as a Seamstress making uniforms for the military and retired
as the Director of Manufacturing in 1994 when the plant was closed.
Jennie lived with her parents on Wilder St and Island Ave, allowing her to save up her coins to purchase
her own home in 1977 at 1206 W. Jefferson St. She was proud of her house and truly made it a home
for herself and anyone else that visited. There were always family and friends around to enjoy her
cooking, baking and competitive nature when it came to playing cards, board games, puzzles, game
shows and gambling. She was affectionately called Auntie, Jane, Hook and Gemini Twin.
Jennie had a longtime friendship with Edward Lovett Brooker. They eventually realize that they were
more than friends and made it official. She never had any biological children of her own but she lovingly
raised and nurtured her nieces and cousin, Barbara, Lil Anna, and Cookie.
Jennie was a faithful and devoted servant and Christian. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic
Church for over 40 years. Jennie’s faith was tested on November 29, 2004, when an unexpected heart
attack took the life of her beloved husband, ‘Brooks’. Life as she knew it changed forever and in March
of 2005, she sold her home, packed up her memories and returned to her roots to live with her father in
Jennie’s faith was restored when she started attending and later joined St. Anthony of Padua
(Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church) under the leadership of Father Robert E. Chaney. She served
as the Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am Mass, until she was no longer able to
carry out her duties. She also attended Canaan Community UMC with Cookie and was considered an
There was never a dull moment when you were in her presence. She always had a smile on her face,
some food in her hand, and full of life, laughter and love. There are so many words to describe Jennie
but these sum it up; Blunt, Courageous, Genuine, Giving, Quick, Polite and a ball of Spirit.
At 10:00 am on December 17th the Lord whispered, “It is finished” and she took her last breath. No
more pain or worries of this world.
Jennie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters; Anna (George) Williams and Alice Wallace. She leaves to cherish her precious memories: dedicated and devoted sisters, Elaine ‘Cookie’ Patterson and Helen (Lenburg) Fogle; Siblings, Israel ‘Brother’ Edwards, Johnnie (JoAnne) Wilson, Antoinette ‘Toni’ (Evans) Joyner; aunts & uncles, Sophie Simmons, Geneva (Joe) Bates, James ‘Bernie’ Edwards; Special cousins, Thomas, Elliott, Sadie, Ricky, Jackie, Audrey, Rex, Gilda (Joe Jr.); Special nieces & nephews, Barbara, Anna, Janice, Van, Trisha, Lynnise, Joan and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 26, 2022, at 11:00 am. at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church at 112 Fell Street, Savannah, GA. 31415.
The family is asking all family and friends attending the service to wear shades of purple in honor of Alzheimer Awareness.
Arrangements are entrusted to Families First Funeral Care of Savannah, GA.
Visitation will be Monday, December 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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Joyce A Bradshaw
To: Mrs. Helen Fogle and family
I was saddened to hear the lost of your beloved sister Mrs Jennine M Brooker May the comforting hand of time touch your days and give you strength to accept what we, too, know is a deep loss.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Joyce A Bradshaw and Family
Brooklyn New York