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Jeanie (Willis) Moody was born February 7, 1939, to Kenneth and Dorothy Willis. She passed away on January 12, 2023, surrounded by family. She was born and raised in Cedarville, Ohio. She enjoyed growing up in the small, quaint town and often dreamed about authoring a book about her life growing up in Cedarville. She married Lamar J. Moody Jr. at a youthful age, and they moved to Washington D.C. where her husband was stationed in the military. She lived there for several years before moving back to Ohio in Xenia, where she raised her six children. She had a dynamic personality. Jeanie was fun, adventurous and full of life. Jeanie loved old western movies and anything music related. Her favorite musical artists were Frankie Beverly, Marvin Gaye, and the Whispers. At an early age, she learned to roller skate and continued skating well into her 50’s before hanging the skates up for good. Jeanie loved going to concerts, dancing, and singing. She traveled city-to-city with her children to attend music concerts, met music celebrities and had an opportunity to make her famous sweet potato pie for music star MC Hammer. She grew to love NBA basketball star Stephen Curry due to his resemblance to her grandson Stephen Moody and enjoyed watching the Golden State Warriors basketball games. She was highly creative. She authored poems, made bracelets, and learned to make light decorations out of plastic Soho cups and artificial flowers. It is unfortunate for those who never had the chance to meet Jeanie, she was truly one of a kind and such a joy to be around!
Despite her warm disposition, to say she was outspoken would be an understatement. If something crossed her mind, it never remained just a thought. She was guaranteed to say what was on her mind! Very few people found her words offensive because most people could not wait to hear what she had to say. She was funny and loved to have a good time. She had a great sense of humor and made you laugh, even in her final days. She had a beautiful spirit and a big heart. Jeanie was extremely thoughtful and would try to help anyone that she knew was in need. She hated to see anyone struggle and would give her last to help. She often opened her home and offered those in need a place to stay. Jeanie loved people, and anyone who knew Jeanie, knew her family was everything to her. Her family was the core of her existence. Jeanie’s children, grandchildren, and extended family brought her so much joy and she was affectionately called “Mama” by so many. Spending time with the people she loved and who loved her in return meant the world to her.
Over 30 years ago, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal Savior and wanted her life to exemplify who she served. She was a faithful member of Victory in Power Ministries in Dayton, OH. Jeanie will surely be missed, but she is resting peacefully now, and we trust she is in good hands and with great company. She is preceded in death by her parents: Kenneth and Dorothy Willis; brothers: Kenneth (Jake) Willis, David Willis and Dennis Willis; sisters: Patricia Echols and Dorothy Marie Brown; her loving son Lamar J. Moody III; grandsons Stephen Moody, Delonte’ McNeil, William Nooks, and great-grandson: Efrim Goldsmith.
She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory are her daughters: Pamela (Leroy) McNeil, Alicia (John) Lewis, Rhonda (Sherman) Moody-Robinson, Teresa (Archie) Moody-Brown, Carla (Oscar) Young; son: Steven (Tina) Moody; daughter-in-law: Donna Williams; bonus daughter: Tiffanee Jones; sisters: Lorraine (Sue) Nelson and Vicky Willis; grandchildren: Shawna Moody, Tanyaile Freeman, Dalin Lewis, Ronnie Steele, Marra Walker, Gary Brown, Danielle Williams, Travion Jones, Tercel Falson, Deja Williams, Jordan Preston, Tanika Smith, Quinton McNeil, Le’Keisha McNeil, LaSeanda Goldsmith, Ciera Robinson, Sherman Robinson III, Darya Mebane, Robert Moore Jr., Robin Moore, Halee Reed & Steven Moody Jr.; bonus granddaughters: Cassandra Edwards and Taleah Jones; bonus grandsons: Treshon Jones and T’Michael Jamason; special cousin: Renee Willis; special friends: Ann Henry, Brenda Howard, Annie Morton, Mark Diggs and Peggy Chambliss; special care giver: Deborah Lewis; special spiritual daughter: Zelma Kendrick; special family: the Neathertons, 61 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren, and numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again. We love and will miss you Mama for the rest of our days here on earth until we see you again!