Frances P. Yarbrough Jackson, 80, of Kankakee, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 5, 2018, from the home of her granddaughter in Memphis, Tenn., surrounded by her entire family.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Vincent Clark is the officiant, and the Rev. Latasha Willingham is the eulogist.
Frances was born to Linual and Pearl Somerville Yarbrough, in Somerville, Tenn.
She enjoyed the choir. One of her favorite songs to sing was “All of my help.”
Frances moved from Tennessee to Kankakee and wed her beloved husband, Roosevelt. To their union, six children were born. Frances was a pioneer for her family, a strong woman who stood her ground with a servant’s heart, helping everyone in her family who were in need. Frances would welcome anyone into her home, feeding anyone in need.
She was a beloved landlord, restaurant owner and neighborhood candy store owner and played Santa Claus giving out toys to children, and the list goes on. Frances was a pioneer for her community since the 1960s. Frances was an elected official as a Kankakee alderman for the 7th Ward but had no problems assisting anyone across the city and county. Frances was a member of the Kankakee County Board, Housing Authority, KCCSI and many more.
Frances leaves to cherish her memories five children, Dewraine Denise Williamson, of Brownsville, Tenn., Tijuana Joyce Warren (Charles), of Memphis, Julius Sylvester Warren, of Memphis, Larry Edward Warren Sr. (Kathleen), of Memphis, and Ronald Lee Jackson (Andrea), of Kankakee; sister, Shirley Smith (Peter), of Mason, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including special friend, Emma Jean Burrell, of Kankakee; and special neighbors, Albert and Leanna Singleton, who prepared meals and assisted with care during her illness while in Kankakee.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Linual and Pearl; husband; son, Albert Keith; siblings, John D. Yarbrough (Jack), Opal Nell Yarbrough, Jimmy D. Yarbrough (Shawty), Earl Yarbrough, Florestine Tanzy, Mary Butler-Holly Ester Johnson, Ruth Yarbrough, Linual D. Yarbrough (Buck) and Richard C. Yarbrough (Did-e-bite)
Roosevelt and Frances took many people under their care, including foster children and children in the neighborhood, and anyone the Lord placed in her path needing help, she would obediently serve.
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