Jane Jenkins Moody age 85, of New Brighton, Staten Island, NY passed away on Friday February 9th at Staten Island University North from Heart Failure.
She was born in Trenton, NJ in the winter of 1933 to Clarence Jenkins, Sr and Irene Gibson. She was the oldest of 4, her twin sister Joan, Clarence, Jr, and Harold. After a brief stay in Perth Amboy the family migrated to Tottenville, Staten Island, NY so her father could take a job at the Nassau Smelting Company. The family started a mini farm with various animals and fruit trees. She graduated from PS 1 and Tottenville HS. She received Merit Awards for Perfect Attendance and earned a full scholarship to the Advancement of American Music, Manhattan Chapter in 1950, where she learned to sing soprano.
Singing, Sewing, Cooking, and Baking were 4 of her passions. She and her sister made their own prom dresses. She married her high school sweetheart, Harold Moody, Jr shortly after graduation in 1951.
Jane learned about Jehovah when she was 17 and progressed to dedication and baptism. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on 10-13-51.
She and her husband moved to the South Beach projects where they had their 2 children, Keith and Karen. She worked as an Executive Secretary for Citibank for 25 years, retiring on 4-8-88. She received the Citibank Quarter Century Club pin and a Grandfather Clock.
When they bought their first home on Winter Ave, her spiritual career blossomed. She had it all, her faith, a husband, children, career, and traveled internationally. She also had an entrepreneur spirit as she made and sold wedding cakes. Many dogs have come and gone in her house, her favorites were Treaka and Roo.
Her long spiritual career truly began after she retired. She became a full time pioneer and conducted many Bible studies. She even helped a few to reach dedication and baptism. She was also chosen to host The Congregation Book Study and Field Service Group in the basement
She lived the life of hospitality and generosity even when you got a sharp tongue lashing and swat with her cane. Many have fond memories of having meals and other types of gatherings in her basement, kitchen table, or back yard. Her home was known as the "Moody Hotel". She used her gift of singing and cooking to expand her worship and serve the congregation.
Her legacy spans 66 years. She made herself available in every capacity possible. Even as Alzheimer's and Dementia were slowly taking her away from us, she would still be found at the meetings or at the kitchen table studying her Watchtower.
Her 2 greatest loves were Jehovah and Ice cream. Till we meet again dear faithful sister, when we can hear your beautiful voice and taste your amazing food.
She is survived by her sister, Joan Meaders, brothers, Clarence Jenkins, Jr. and Harold Jenkins and his wife Jesse, her children Keith and Karen Moody, Granddaughter Cassandra Murray and her husband Dana, great grandchildren Genacy and Mikhaiel Moody, niece and nephews Brenda, Brent, and Clarence Jenkins and her favorite dog Roo.