Remembering Ivory Collins Jones Claude
A Time for Departure
At the age of 78 years old, Ivory Collins Jones Claude transitioned from earth to Heaven to take her final resting place on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Her loving family surrounded her at her home. She fought a good fight; she finished her course and kept the faith.
A Time to Be Born
Ivory was the fifth child born to the late Jerry and Ella Jones on June 15, 1942. She grew up in Courtland, Virginia.
A Time to Learn
Ivory was educated in the Southampton County Public Schools system, attending Ridley School and Southampton County Training School in Courtland, VA. Upon graduating from Southampton County Training School, she enrolled in the Hampton Institute School of Nursing in 1962, receiving her LPN diploma. Thereafter, she received her licensure to practice nursing.
A Time to Love
In July of 1960, Ivory and Johnny L. Claude married in Courtland, VA. After the birth of their first daughter, Wendy, they moved to Hampton where they then had Shelley and Monique. With Ivory and Johnnie’s loving compassion, Angela and Ann Cooke were joined into the family after the demise of their parents, adding two additional girls to the family.
A Time for Work
Ivory was employed at Sears & Roebuck, Dixie Hospital, Dr. Wilkinson’s practice, Peninsula Institute Community Health and Hampton OBGYN under Dr. Brown/Dr. Bunch (deceased) and Dr. Robert Trehern, until her retirement.
A Time of Salvation
Ivory accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was baptized at Bryant Baptist Church in Capron, VA. In the early 60’s, she joined Queen Street Baptist Church in Hampton. She loved her church, assisted the pastor and served in many capacities. She was a member of several ministries, including the Deaconess Ministry, were she served as chair for a total of 18 years and Chaplin for many years. Ivory was also a faithful Sunday School and Bible Study student. Additionally, she was a dedicated student of the Word with International Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), where she attended every Monday night for 9 months for 17 years. Ivory loved to praise and worship the Lord through dance as well, and was a founding member of the Servant Praise Dance Ministry for eight years. She leaned on her Savior because of her love for Jesus Christ, and she knew that He would see her through her health issues. She loved the Lord, and He heard her cry.
A Time to Play
Ivory was an avid Scrabble player with the Zoners and played the game once a month “TO WIN”! She truly enjoyed this and would make up words at times just for a laugh. She also enjoyed traveling. She and Dr. Janet McKenzie traveled all across the United States and to different countries. She loved cooking, eating good food and being an active member of the Sophisticated Ladies Social and Civic Club and the American Association of Medical Assistants, which at the time, was the only black association of its kind. Above all, she loved dancing and showing that beautiful smile.
A Time to Mourn
Ivory was preceded in death by her mother and father: Jerry and Ella Jones; husband: Johnny L. Claude; three brothers: Elijah Jones, Alvester Jones and Norvell Jones; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ivory leaves to cherish her memories, daughters: Wendy Parker (Gregory), Shelley Washington (Allan), Monique Pollard (Mark); grandchildren: Collins Claude Belton, Cheylin Ivory Parker, Jacobi Pollard, and Jordan Pollard; sister: Juanita Pearson (Robert); brothers: Bernard Jones, Jerry L. Jones, and Raymond Jones. She also leaves to cherish her memories, Angela Savage (Carlton), Ann Henry (Jerome), and dear cousin Ruth Jones Webb, who was more like a sister. Her memories will be cherished by many special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, so many that we could not put them all on this program.
I do not ask for mighty words
to leave the crowd impressed.
Just grant my life may ring so true
my neighbor shall be blessed.
Viewing for Mrs. Claude will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020 at C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
Services for Mrs. Claude are scheduled for 12:00 P.M. Friday, July 31, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church, 1415 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, Virginia 23666 by Elder Deborah Tillery.
Services will be live streamed on the New Hope Baptist Church Hampton Facebook page.
Entombment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
It is the desire of the Claude family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of Mrs. Ivory Collins Claude has entrusted her final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
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