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ANNIE JEAN NESBY was born on August 30, 1945, to the late Scrap Fedd and Celia Ann Orange. God called her into Eternal Rest on November 28, 2022. Annie was 77 years young.
Born and raised in Jakin, Georgia, she moved to Newark, New Jersey, in 1963, where she met and married the late Leroy Nesby. To this union three beautiful girls were born: Gloria, Angenella, and Sharonda. She was employed at Clara Maass Hospital for 25 years as a Dietary Aide.
Annie was a devout Christian with the heart of a true servant. She was very active in her church of 52 years, Mt Olive AME Zion, holding several positions including choir member, usher, and stewardess over the years. She was also a caretaker. Many who knew her could and would attest to her always doing good deeds for anyone. She loved making people feel good, making them feel special. In 2018 she joined Grace Ministries of New Jersey under the leadership of Bishop Brenda Groomes.
She was many things to many people such as mom, godmother, auntie, sister and friend. Her most prided role was Mema. She lovingly doted on her grandchildren. She would do just about anything she could to ensure they were happy and well cared for. Upon retiring from the workforce, she happily provided care for them daily.
Annie loved to fellowship. On any given Sunday, she would prepare big dinners and would open up her home to family and friends. She prided herself on making her often requested cakes, collard greens and candied yams.
Prior to her health issues, Annie led a very active lifestyle. She was regularly going to the gym or just out and about enjoying life. She was often mistaken as her girls’ sister rather than their mother. On her 75th birthday she wore a special shirt just for her which said: “This birthday queen does not get older, just better!”
Her legacy lives on through her daughters Gloria Wheeler, Angenella Channel and Sharonda Hurt; sons-in-law Donald Benjamin, Norman Channel and Jay Hurt; seven grandchildren Jay D. L Hurt, Dannielle Hurt, Austin Channel, David Hurt, Daniel Hurt, Jianna Hurt and Joshua Channel; her great granddaughter aka her “SugarGirl” Aarynn Woodson; sisters Christene Jones and Nicy Lee Orange; goddaughter Michele Mayes; special niece/daughter Layrisha Orange; loving friend William Smallwood; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Annie was preceded in death by her brothers Otis C. Donalson and Scrap Fedd and sister Mary Brannon.