Mother Jewelene Ivory was born October 12,1932 and after a brief illness, transitioned to eternal rest on November 22, 2023. She was born in Dumas, Arkansas to Richard Teague and Lula McMullen Teague. Affectionately called Baby Jewel by her family, she was reared by her grandfather Johnny McMullen, her mother having passed when she was 3 years old. Her stepmother was the late Mother Cordelia Teague.
She met and married Johnny Ivory in Aliceville, Alabama and they then relocated to Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago she was the essence of a true mother and homemaker, raising and nurturing their six children and being a driving force in their lives. Not to mention being an excellent cook and woman of hospitality, just ask anyone who ever dined at her table.
In Chicago, she also accomplished her education goal by receiving her GED not having completed her education in the south because of having to work harvesting crops. After her children were older, for a time she worked at the Michael Reese Hospital.
Living in Chicago she was first a member of Robert’s Temple COGIC pastored by the late Bishop Isaiah Robert. Then Faith Temple COGIC pastored by the late Bishop H.W. Goldsberry.
After relocating to New Haven, CT she has been a long-time member of the Macedonia COGIC, pastored by the Bishop Emeritus H.D. Bordeaux and now Pastor Fred Gee, Jr. and has served as a Doorkeeper in the Lord’s House for many years. Serving with a heart of love and gratitude to the Lord.
In New Haven, she was employed at and retired from Marlin Firearms after over 20 years as a machinist. While living at the Tower One Senior Apartments she sung in the Gospel Choir and attended Bible Study there also. She loved fellowshipping with family and friends. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren were the love of her life.
She is survived by her six children, Ruby Lewis (Dwight), Johnny Ivory Jr. (Vivian), Sharlene Washington (Victor), Jerry Ivory (Joanne), Gloria Moore (David) and Linda Ivory. 17 grandchildren (1 deceased), 26 great-grandchildren(1 deceased) and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is the sister of the late Johnny Richard Teague, sister Darlene Ross and brother Nate Teague (Marcey). Two nephews Johnny Teague (Robin) and Richard Teague (aka Ricky) and niece Lisa Teague. Also, a host of relatives, friends, and church family.
Mother Ivory was unique and special in her own right, speaking the truth in love, nurturing children, bold, unafraid, and faithful. She was a survivor having survived breast cancer for over 20 years. A lover of God, committed to her walk of holiness, she had a heart of purity before the Lord.
She declared that God had been good to her, and she gave Him all the Praise, Honor and Glory.
LOVINGLY SUBMITTED BY HER FAMILY
The family of Mother Jewelene Ivory would like to thank each and everyone for your prayers, love, support and kind expressions extended during this time. We feel and appreciate the love showered upon our family that comforted us, sustained us, brought us joy and above else, the knowledge that true caring friends are always within reach. Thank You! May God’s grace and richest blessings be with you always.