When Jessie Lake was well she was always on her post as a nurse at St. Paul AME Church or as an usher. The mild mannered lady was well loved by members and her family. Lake, daughter of the late William Walter and Emma V. Wilkerson Gibbs was born on November 19, 1924 in Marydel, Maryland. In addition to her parents, “Jessie” as she was affectionately known was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret P. Gibbs, Florence E. Blackston and Merna V. Williams and five brothers, W. Ralph Gibbs, W. Emory Gibbs, Homer A. Gibbs, J. Garfield Gibbs and John C. Gibbs.
Jessie received her early education in the public schools of Caroline County Maryland and graduated from Lockerman High School in Denton, Maryland. Jessie was baptized as an infant in Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Marydel, Maryland and attended faithfully along with her parents and siblings.
As a young adult, Jessie worked at the Kent General Hospital in Dover, Delaware and it was there that she met Emerson W. Lake.
Jessie and Emerson were joined in holy matrimony on March 30, 1946, lived for a while in Wilmington, Delaware and shortly thereafter moved to San Bernardino, California where their Aunt Ida lived. In 1959, they became the proud parents of Wendell Emerson Lake.
Jessie furthered her education in California and worked as a beautician and hair stylist for many years. She then decided to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. She worked in several hospitals and nursing institutions in the San Bernardino area before retiring several years ago.
Jessie was a member of St. Paul AME Church where she served on the nursing staff as well as the usher board. Jessie was a proud 50-plus year member of Golden State Chapter 33 OES. She served in many capacities over the years including that of Worthy Matron. Together Jessie, Emerson and Wendell traveled all over California and neighboring states and made many train, plane and automobile trips back to the East Coast of Maryland and Delaware to visit family and friends.
Jessie leaves to cherish her sweet and precious memories, her loving and devoted husband, Emerson W. Lake, her son, Wendell E. Lake, both of San Bernardino; four sisters, Gladys Seals and Lillian Seals of Barclay, MD; Joyce Seals of New Castle, DE; and Virginia Johnson of Wilmington, DE; three sisters-in-law, Doris Caldwell and Gloria Taylor of Washington, DC and Annie Gibbs of Baltimore, Maryland; two brothers-in-law, Oscar Seals of New Castle, DE and Donald Williams of Wilmington, DE; friend Adele Watson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other family and friends.
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