Easter Mae Jerry was employed by the Philadelphia School District, where she touched the lives of many children, students, parents and faculty before she retired.
She died on May 6, 2012, after an extended illness. She was 87.
Jerry was born on April 12, 1926, in Sarasota, Fla., to Texas Logan Williams and Nellie Shackleford Williams. She received her early education in Florida and later in the Philadelphia Public System where she met and married her high school sweetheart, John Jerry Jr. on Aug. 20, 1946. From this union three daughters were born, Diane, Rosie and Sheila.
Easter devoted her life to her children and loving husband who affectionately called her “E.”
She enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia graduating with highest honors; thereafter, she attended Temple University earning her master’s degree in education. She set this career goal and never allowed any obstacles deter her from its accomplishment.
She embraced her spirituality and the Lord that led her to enjoy reading the Bible during her youth. Later she joined Childs Memorial Baptist Church. She loved her church and her church family. She regularly attended Sunday School, Bible study and faithfully served as a deaconess and sang on the choir.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Nacoma Carter, and brothers, Alfred Williams and Nello Williams.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years whom she called “Johnny”; three daughters, Phyllis “Diane” Green, Anelia “Rose” Davis and Sheila Kathleen Johnson; 12 grandchildren; sister, Mazie Linton; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held May 15 at Childs Memorial Baptist Church, 955 North 10th St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Northwood Cemetery.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.