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Tanya Louise Jacobs, 59, was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on April 24, 1957, the second child and first girl of Louise Bartlett Jacobs and the late Samuel Johnson Freeman (a.k.a. Samuel Jacobs Sr.).
For her education, Tanya attended New York City Public Schools, graduating from South Shore High School, in 1975, Tanya attended Kingsborough Community College, and then matriculated to Pace University in New York City, where she earned her degree in accounting. While at Pace, she pledged to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Tanya began her career with Avon Products Inc., becoming a trusted and experienced executive.
As Tanya prospered professionally, she received Christ, was baptized and joined Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. George Lawrence.
After living in Chicago for a brief time, Tanya returned to New York and began her work with not-for-profit organizations, beginning with Montefiore-Riker’s Island Health Services. During this time, Tanya obtained her MBA in accounting from Manhattan College. Tanya also worked with the New York Urban League and with Greenwich House, Community Service Organizations.
Tanya was a member with Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. William Augustus Jones. With her move to Teaneck, N.J., Tanya selected her final church home with Community Baptist Church of Englewood, where the pastor is Dr. Lester W. Taylor Jr.
After three years of illness, the angels escorted Tanya home on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tanya leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Louise; siblings, Samuel John (wife, Xanthus), James Anthony, Shirley Annette and Beverly Eugenia; nieces, Reshauh Xanthus, Nikia Louise, LaShae Xanthus (husband, Dupree) and Lauren LaShae; nephews, Avery Eugene and Sincere Maurice. She also leaves all her beloved cousins, especially Luther Spence (wife, Addie), Kimberly Spence-Jackson, Naomi (Teenie) Lovelace (husband, Joe) and Frances (Toolie) Elliott, and a host of friends.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Whiting’s Chapel. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home by 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Ms. Jacobs may be viewed only in the funeral home on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. until the hour of her service.