- December 4, 1910 - July 26, 2011
- Saint Louis, Missouri
of Mattie's Passing
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Mrs. Mattie Sue Cofield Jacobs, the third child of John Pate and Mary Cofield, was born December 4, 1910, in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She passed away on July 26, 2011, after a brief illness. Mrs. Jacobs was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Amos Cofield, Sr., Alma Cofield Holliday and Mary Jane Cofield Walker. She and Ernest O. Jacobs, Sr. married in November 1931 and had a loving relationship for 46 years until his death in 1977. Two children were born to this union: Ernest Oliver Jacobs, Jr. ("Turk"), Retired Educator, and Mary Alyce Jacobs Lynum, Retired Registered Nurse. Mrs. Jacobs had three grandchildren whom she adored and who loved her in return. They are Cathy Yvonne Jacobs, Carol Sue Jacobs Allen (and her husband Donovan), and Byron DePriest Lynum. She joined her neighborhood church, Carter Institutional C.M.E. Church, where she was a faithful member for more than 60 years. She served as a member and treasurer of the Senior Usher Board. Because she was a close neighbor to the Church, she was able to provide a multitude of services to the Pastors and members of the congregation over the years. She continued to support her Church until her death. Mrs. Jacobs' assignment from God seemed to have been one of a lifetime caregiver. She and her husband welcomed her 13-year old niece, Doris, into their home when Doris' mother, Alma, passed away. Doris remained with her throughout her adulthood. Mrs. Jacobs also cared for her parents until their deaths, traveling to Mississippi whenever the need arose. When her mother passed away, she brought her father to St. Louis and cared for him in her home until his death. In addition, she provided loving childcare, from infancy, for her three grandchildren, Cathy, Carol and Byron, and for her grand niece, Crystal Kelley. "Ma" gave excellent care, played games with them and cooked their favorite meals. She also opened her heart and home to her Mississippi second cousins, Elizabeth, St. Ivy ("Sal"), Juanita and Tina, who lived with her and her husband for short periods of time. This provided opportunities for them to gain employment and to pursue their education until they returned to their respective homes. Sal chose to remain in St. Louis, married and has a devoted son of her own. Sal has been very helpful in caring for "Tutt," including accompanying her and Mary Alyce to her periodic visits to the podiatrist, dentist and optometrist. Many times, Mrs. Jacobs gave support to some of the neighbors and their children. She shared meals with them from time-to-time, at times gave them clothing, and her home was a refuge when parental care was not available. In the earlier years, Mrs. Jacobs was employed by Kline's Department Store, downtown St. Louis, and the downtown Famous-Barr Department store where she worked in the alterations departments. Some say that is where she developed her "sense of style," but those who knew her believe she helped the stores adopt her own impeccable sense of style and grace. She also worked at St. Vincent's Retirement Home for Priests where she was responsible for meal preparation, and at Bush Stadium where she worked in concessions. She was an avid baseball fan and the latter position brought her close to her favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Mrs. Jacobs always had the reputation of being an excellent cook, especially for her mouth-watering coconut layer cake with pineapple filling, and the chicken and dumplings that her grandchildren savored. No one could duplicate her recipes because she cooked "from scratch" (a pinch of this, a few spoonfuls of that, etc.). Oftentimes when there was a request from the Church, neighbors or members of the family for a special dish or meal, she readily responded. At age 92, Mrs. Jacobs moved from her St. Louis family home on Hickory Street and became a resident at Homer Phillips Senior Living Community. She lived independently in her apartment for 8 years and maintained her mobility until recently. She was blessed with a sharp mind and an uncanny memory. Mrs. Latrice Jones assisted her with some necessary tasks, and her granddaughters did her grocery shopping and special housecleaning. Grandson, Byron, would drop by often to bring her meals and eat and chat with her. He would also give her soothing foot massages. "Auntie Tutt" looked forward to the tradition of having Sunday dinners with her nephew, Amos Cofield, Jr., during which they reminisced about the "good old days" in Mississippi and on Hickory Street. She also depended on getting reminder calls from nieces Gladys and Gloria Cofield to tune into the Cardinals games, and from her niece Thelma Boone who made daily calls to recap the day's soap operas. Ma loved to travel and enjoyed her trips to visit family members in Aberdeen, as well as the fun trips to Las Vegas, Little Rock and her trip to Hawaii with her friend, Elizabeth Moore. In town, she looked forward to visiting various family members' homes. She always looked forward to going out for special occasions and holiday dinners, and on occasion, out to eat at restaurants. On December 4, 2010, she celebrated her 100th birthday with a sumptuous dinner party for around 100 family members and friends. Her daughter-in-law, Billie Jacobs and her sister, Roberta Kelley helped coordinate the party and helped her select her wardrobe and get dressed for the very special occasion. She wore a beautiful red suit, fit for the royal lady that she was. Roberta did her hair in her traditional style. And, at the party when she got the mike, she charmed the crowd with her tribute to them for sharing that special evening with her. Mrs. Mattie Sue Jacobs was always eager to give God the glory for His blessings of a sound mind, longevity, a loving immediate and extended family, devoted friends, her esteemed Pastors and loyal Church members. Among them were: Rev. Seteria Austin and Rev. Fannie Johnson; the Allens, the Boones, thecontinued...