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Reflections of Jackie’s Journey
Mrs. Jacqueline Jeanette Johnson-Edwards, known to many as Jackie or Ms. Paradise, was born on February 26, 1965, in St. Louis, MO. Jackie was the eighth of ten children born to the union of Robert and Hattie Johnson. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and siblings, Susan Payne, Eunice Johnson, Bessie Johnson, Donald, Robert, Johnny, and Marvin. Jackie was also preceded in death by her cherished husband, Bruce Edwards.
Jackie's early education was at Elzzy R. Smith School in Robertson and she later graduated from Normandy High School. She professed her faith in Christ at a young age under the leadership of Reverend James E. Butler of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Robertson. Jackie's faith was unwavering; she loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. She later attended City of Faith under the leadership of Bishop Johnson, where she served faithfully as a church treasurer.
Jackie found joy in working with children and enjoyed a long career at Garfield Elementary before moving on to New Day Learning Center. At New Day, she received her Child Development Associate credential and served as Assistant Director. Jackie's love for children was reciprocated; every child who came into contact with her adored her.
Jackie was a woman of many passions. She treasured time with her children and grandchildren, and her heart was always open to those in need. Her kindness and patience made her a confidant to many. She loved to cook, entertain, and create memorable family gatherings filled with games, laughter, and her attempts at dance slides with her daughters. A lover of card games, Jackie reigned as the unbeatable Bid Wiz Queen, always partnered with her sister, Mary.
Jackie married the love of her life, Bruce Edwards, on May 28, 2004. Together, they welcomed a beautiful daughter into their loving family whom they named Ariel aka Budah. Jackie and Bruce were avid Kansas City Chiefs fans and shared a deep appreciation for music, particularly The Isley Brothers and The Whispers.
On September 8, 2023, at the age of 58, Jackie was called to eternal rest, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom cherished her deeply. Jackie's legacy continues in her five daughters, Austi, Asia, Aigner, Angelica, and Ariel; two sons, Austin and Angelo; one bonus son, Keon; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandson on the way, and her remaining sister and brother, Mary (Glen) Sykes and Joseph (Jean) Johnson.
Jackie made everyone feel loved, appreciated, and heard. Her thoughtfulness, selflessness, and kindness will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know her. In her honor, let us remember Jackie for the love she gave, the lives she touched, and the joy she brought into this world. Her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of her family, friends, and everyone she encountered. May her soul rest in eternal peace.