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Cora Lee Jeter
April 14, 1941 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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On April 14, 1941 in the town of Carlisle South Carolina our creator blessed McCora and Sarah Jeter with a beautiful baby girl whom they named Cora Lee Jeter. On January 15, 2024 at the age of 82 Cora Lee passed at her home in Jersey City, New Jersey peacefully joined her parents and siblings Asalee L. McCany, Ruby M. Warren, Patricia L. Jeter, Debra A. Jeter, and Tommy L. Jeter into everlasting life.
Her sisters and brother were not just her siblings; being the oldest they were also like her children. Cora Lee, our Mother, received her early and late education in the Union
County School System (Oak Glove School, Carlisle Santuc School, and Sims High School).
In the late 1960’s after completing her studies she left South Carolina for New York then to New Jersey to make a better life for us. For over 40 years being employed by Little Topsy’s and other affiliated organizations, she used her skills as a self-taught professional seamstress and her strong work ethic to purchase a home and provide for our education. With a resilient nature, unshakable faith, guardian angels by her side, and an unwavering belief in her ability to accomplish whatever she wanted, she always forged straight ahead towards her goals and aspirations. With this as her foundation, she remained faithful and steadfast - no matter the storm or obstacle. After an early retirement, she freelanced as a seamstress creating and making apparel for weddings, karate schools, gymnastic uniforms, and other garment requests.
Our beloved Mother never hesitated to open her home to a family member in need. She didn’t believe in asking for anything in return. She was a devoted mother, aunt, cousin and friend.
Affectionately nicknamed Co’Lee, she loved gardening and canning – especially her delicious Chow Chow. She had a passion for reading with a special fondness for religious, African, and Black American nonfiction books. Being an enthusiastic reader and a lover of Black American history, she was overjoyed when Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an official American federal holiday.
With her transition, she leaves us with a multitude of funny and happy memories, life lessons, examples of how faith moves mountains, and solid advice that will sustain us until we all make our transition to join her.
To cherish her memories, she leaves behind her two beloved daughters: Sandra Dean Jeter and Cynthia Ann Jeter; five nieces: Sharon D. Jeter, Tracy D. Jeter, Althia (Stanley) Jones, Shannon (Demetrius) McBride, and Maria McCany; three nephews: Bernard Jeter, Mondell L. Jeter, and Clarence McCany; one sister-in-law: Shirley Neal-Jeter; two brothers-in-law: James Jeter and John Warren. She also leaves a host of treasured great nieces and nephews along with her beloved first cousins whom she cherished!
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Jeter Chapel AME Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.