Mrs. Rebecca J. Blair, 97, of Binghamton, NY, went peacefully and triumphantly to be with the Lord Friday, June 25, 2021.
She was the seventh of eleven children born to the late Sanford Sr. and Rebecca (Williams) Jones in Marvyn, Alabama, and grew up within a thriving farm family there, of which she was very reminiscent, grateful, and proud. She was the last surviving sibling of that family, and they are now whole and complete, together again.
Rebecca was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, the Rev. Glenn T. Blair, and her daughter Beverly Blair Oyebanjo of Binghamton. She is survived by her daughter Lauren Blair, of Binghamton; numerous (Jones and Blair) nieces, nephews, and cousins; especially including eldest niece, Mrs. Doris Smith of Atlanta, GA; niece Izora Camon of Columbus, GA, niece Margaret Wimberly of Opelika, AL; and many special others, too numerous to name here.
She is also survived by a “daughter of the heart,” Karen Belcher of Las Vegas, NV; Karen's children Kizzy Belcher and Norman Belcher, Jazzdeara Lewis and Rebecka Blair Lewis, and their children, who she considered her “grands.”
Rebecca was especially fond of Connie and Ike Studgeon of Conklin, NY, their son Nathan and grand-daughter Eva, all of whom she thought of as family; also, Brenda Cave-James of Endicott.
She was a graduate of Alabama A&M University, where she received her B.S., having also attended Alabama State University.
After years of being an educator in the Phenix City, Ala. School District, she and her family relocated to the Greater Binghamton area (Endicott) in 1966, after Glenn began work at IBM in Owego, NY. She then resumed an elementary teaching career in the Union-Endicott School District, first at Jennie F. Snapp, then Linnaeus W. West (West Corners) Elementary School, until her retirement.
Always involved in church life, she was active in and enjoyed for a long time being President of Trinity AME Zion's Missionary Society. As a pastor's wife and faithful partner, she also served in various capacities at St. Matthew AME Zion Church, Norwich, NY; and Minnie L. Floyd Memorial AME Zion Church in Elmira, NY.
Rebecca was a very talented seamstress and craftswoman, and within her life made many beautiful creations for herself, her children, family and friends. Her sewing, crochet, and quilting skills were awe-inspiring, and were her source of meditation.
Her kindness and friendliness throughout her life served to put others at ease, and she was a thoughtful, beautiful soul who will be sorely, sorely missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday July 1, 2021 at Trinity AME Zion Church from 10am until 11am. A Funeral Service will follow at 11am and live streamed at sheafuneralhome.com under her obituary. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Rebecca J. Blair may be made to the Trinity AME Zion Church Memorial Fund, or the charity of your choice.
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