“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.” – Wisdom 3:1
Minnie Lee Haven was born on August 15, 1928 in Rosedale, Mississippi. She was the second of four children born to the union of the late Ulysses and Marie Beattie. She was the loving step-daughter of Virgil L. Adams also predeceased. Fred Beattie her brother, and Julia Mitchell her sister preceded Minnie to the heavenly gates.
Minnie was a product of the Chicago Public School system, and upon graduation from Wendell Phillips High School attended Jones Business College where she acquired many of her outstanding administrative and business skills. These skills were applied and exhibited during her 45-year career at Montgomery Wards, Incorporated.
Minnie was a faithful, God-fearing servant of the Lord as evidenced by her service and commitment to her church home, Blackwell Memorial A.M.E. Zion (Israel Samuel) for over 70 years. She served as both a member and held leadership responsibilities of several ministerial organizations including the Usher Board.
To know Minnie was to know style, grace, elegance and thoughtfulness. She possessed the gift of personality, like that of a luminary, although she was down-to-earth in her disposition. A straight shooter, you would know how she felt about an issue, as she did not pull punches.
She loved jazz music, especially the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Nat King Cole. She was active for many years in Chicago’s Black Social scene.
She loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. She had an uncompromising love for family, and those close around her that she adopted as family, were treated with the same unconditional love and admiration as she did for her family. She made her presence felt and made it her business to be a part of every significant event, including all holidays and birthdays that her family experienced. In addition, she took time to volunteer to help those that who were less fortunate; A tribute to her charitable nature, her generosity, and service to the people of God.
Minnie leaves, to cherish her memory, her Sister: Mary L. Johnson, nephew: Deacon Herbert D. Johnson (Tina), great-nephews Darrell A. Johnson Sr. (RaMeka), Christopher A. Spears, great-niece Jessica R. Spears, God-daughter Ordeane Rhodes, numerous great-great nieces and nephews and a of host friends and loved ones.
Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL 60649
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