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Addiebelle R. De Veranez

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Addiebelle R. De Veranez Obituary
De Veranez, Addiebelle R. Addiebelle Rachel Jackson was born on August 24, 1926 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to her devoted parents, Jesse and Sarah Jackson. In Hot Springs, Jesse and Sarah owned/operated a restaurant/café where, as a young woman, Addiebelle learned the virtues of hard work, good cooking, and providing great customer service. Addiebelle graduated from Langston High School in Hot Springs, where she was class valedictorian and later attended Talladega College, where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Chi Chapter in 1946. After her sophomore year she transferred to Fisk University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1948. After graduating from Fisk, Addiebelle traveled to Chicago to work for the summer. In Chicago she stayed with her godparents, Henry Wadsworth McGee and his wife Addiebelle (for whom Addiebelle Jackson was named). Later Henry Wadsworth McGee would become the first black Postmaster of Chicago in 1966. In Chicago, Addiebelle's older brother, World War II Army veteran John S. Jackson, introduced her to his close Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother, Esteban De Veranez. That initial meeting resulted in a one year courtship that culminated in their wedding on June 19, 1949. Their exemplary, loving, and romantic relationship lasted for 61 years until Esteban's death in August 2010. Addiebelle and Esteban joined the Church of the Good Shepherd where their children were baptized, and they remained dedicated parishioners for many years. Later, they extended the ministry of the Congregational Church by becoming founding members of Trinity United Church of Christ in their local south-side community. Several years later they returned to the Church of the Good Shepherd where Addiebelle served with the Moentitas Club (Money, Energy, Time, and Talent) and Esteban was a Trustee and member of the Men's Club. They continued to be great supporters for over 30 years. A memorable moment for their family and congregation was the renewal of their marriage vows on their 50th wedding anniversary in June 1999. A dedicated lifelong learner and educator, Mrs. De Veranez continued her educational pursuits by receiving aMaster's Degree in Education in December 1983. Mrs. De Veranez was a beloved teacher, spending most of her 30+ year teaching career at Rudyard Kipling Elementary School on Chicago's south-side. She was cherished by her community and colleagues for promoting and exemplifying the value of education and giving back to the community. She positively influenced the lives of thousands of children during her 33 year teaching career. Esteban and Addiebelle were a philanthropic couple, generous with their time, energy and resources, supporting many organizations, universities and causes. Over the years, they enjoyed an active social life and traveled to numerous destinations around the U.S. and abroad while also taking 16 cruises. Their home was filled with music, art, memorabilia and family photographs, and all the indicators of a loving, joyful and fulfilling life together. Addiebelle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, neighbor and friend. She will be dearly missed by so many. Addiebelle R. De Veranez was preceded in death by her husband Esteban S. De Veranez, father Jesse Jackson, mother Sarah Shenoy Jackson, brother John S. Jackson, father-in-law Esteban Veranes, mother-in-law Frances Massie De Veranez, and sister-in-law Petrafae De Veranez-Cambre.She is survived by her son Steven, daughter Denise, and son-in-law Michael A.M. Brown, grandsons Jason and Cedric Blake, stepgrandson Michael L. Brown, niece Cherisse Baatin and her husband Waleed Baatin and their children, grandchildren, relatives and friends and her loving caregiver, Minlo. Friends and family are invited to attend services in her honor.Wake: January 18, 2013, 6 8pm, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 5700 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637. Phone: 773-684-6561.Funeral: January 19, 2013 - Viewing: 10-11am. Funeral: 11am to 12 noon at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 5700 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637. Phone: 773-684-6561. Interment immediately following service at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.Unity Funeral Parlors, Inc., 4114 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60653. Phone: 773-624-2703
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 17, 2013
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