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 Ida “Jessie Mae” <I>Barnes</I> Marion

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Ida “Jessie Mae” Barnes Marion

  • Birth 20 Mar 1926 Pineville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 30 Mar 2008 Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Saint Stephen, Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 26509459

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
II Timothy 4:7-8

Ida Barnes Marion, (affectionately called "Jessie Mae" by some) daughter of the late William and Mariah Barnes, was born on March 20, 1926 in Pineville, S.C. She went home to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2008.

Ida received her education in the Berkeley and Charleston County Schools. She graduated from Burke Industrial High School, Charleston, S.C. She completed further studies at the Avery Normal Institute, and extension courses from S. C. State and Allen Universities, and Benedict College. She taught at Bonneau Elementary School for one term and served as a substitute teacher at various schools prior to becoming a full-time homemaker.

On October 27, 1947, Ida was united in Holy Matrimony to Peter Marion, who preceded her in death. Unto this union, two children were born.

Ida accepted Christ as her permanent Savior at an early age and joined the Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church, Bonneau, S. C. Upon marriage, she joined Bethel United Methodist Church where she served the church in many capacities: She served on the Senior Usher Board, President and Advisor of the Junior Usher Board, United Methodist Women Advisor, Sunday School Teacher and scholar, Youth Coordinator, author of the church history, Chairman of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Council of Ministry and Charge Conference Recording Secretary. She was serving as a Class Leader at the time of her death. Because she had a great love for God and her church, she was always interested in ensuring that all programs in the church were effective and glorified the Lord. She sponsored many programs that blessed the church spiritually and financially. She was especially proud of the Bicentennial Celebration Program that she sponsored in 1976 to raise funds to acquire new pews for the church. Another one of her favorite projects was the annual Children's and Youth March. This was held each December to raise funds to show love and appreciation to the college students of the church. Her pride and joy was to be an instrument of God and a servant to all. Well done thou good and faithful servant!

Ida's ministry was one of loving, and showing kindness to God's people. She never met a stranger and did whatever she could to make someone's day better. She was concerned about everyone and was known to call and inquire about family and friends. She always offered words of encouragement and prayer. During an interview for an article for the local paper, she was asked, how would you describe yourself? She replied, "I am a Christian lady who loves life, love to see others enjoy their life, and have a concern about the well-being of others. One of my greatest joy is helping others!" She loved gardening and preserving fruits and vegetables. She also had a great passion for fishing, whether she caught the "big one" or not. She generously shared what she reaped with her family and neighbors.

Ida was also concerned with the condition of the world and her community. For this reason, she was a member of the NAACP and a faithful supporter of community and political organizations. She was often the community contact for various social programs.

Those left to cherish her loving memories are: one devoted daughter, Mrs. Annie Ruth (Hezekiah) King of St. Stephen, S.C; one son, Peter J. Marion of Atlanta, Ga; five grandchildren: Brian (LaToya), Michael (Melkita), Tiffany, Courtney and Kevin, whom she raised in her home as a son; five great-grandchildren: LaKiah, Michael, LaBriah, Myla and Lachland; two devoted sisters, Mrs. Victoria Anderson, St. Stephen, S.C. and Mrs. Rebecca Aiken, Moncks Corner, S.C.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Virdell Barnes, St. Stephen, S.C.; a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and special friends of her daughter who shared their love and affection as daughters: Mrs. Lover King, Ms. Alvarnia McKelvey and Rev. Mary Ann Manigault.

Her legacy will live on in the lives of the people that she loved and loved her.

In all the world we shall not find a heart so wonderfully kind. So soft a voice, so sweet a smile, an inspiration so worthwhile, a sympathy so sure, so deep a love, so beautiful to keep.





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 26509459
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ida “Jessie Mae” Barnes Marion (20 Mar 1926–30 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26509459, citing Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Saint Stephen, Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .