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August 30, 1950 ~ November 9, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Jacqueline "Jaci" Mays Vickers was the fifth child born to Joe and Vivian Mays on August 30,1950, in Gary, Indiana. Jaci was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, and mentor. She was known for her passion, love, and dedication to her family. She brought joy to the lives of all who knew her.
Jaci grew up in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School with honors. In 1968, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she pursued her higher education. She received a full scholarship to Clark College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Development. She later obtained a JD degree from Atlanta Law School.
Jaci deeply cherished her family and had a special bond with her four siblings. She had a knack for making everyone feel special and poured her love and support into her nieces and nephews and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. Her love and relationships extended beyond her biological family, as she had a unique and special connection with many adopted nieces and nephews.
In her free time, Jaci enjoyed watching basketball games, especially when her beloved Lakers played. Jaci also enjoyed discussing current events, politics, and books she had read. She had an artistic eye as shown in her classy, personal style and beautifully decorated home.
Jaci had a passion for travel and adventure that started when she studied in the Ivory Coast of Africa during her college days. She was fortunate to travel extensively in the US and abroad. And, especially enjoyed experiencing travel destinations with friends and family. She most recently traveled to South Africa.
Passionate about education and service to others, Jaci made a significant impact in her career with the State of Georgia and City of Atlanta in various roles. In her most recent role with the Atlanta Information Management department, she worked tirelessly because she believed the work was important. She was a dedicated manager, colleague and mentor, leaving a lasting impression on those she worked with.
Not only was Jaci committed to her career, but she also found solace and inspiration in her faith. She previously worshipped at Flipper Temple AME Church and Ben Hill United Methodist Church, where she found a sense of community and spiritual guidance. In recent years, she inspired others and strengthened her faith on a weekly prayer call where she shared inspirational scripture readings.
Jaci is survived by three siblings, Maxine Brown, James Mays, Joann Champtal and many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Jaci will be greeted by her parents, Joe and Vivian Mays, brother Theron Mays and nephew Frank Peay and a host of family ancestors in heaven.
A memorial service to celebrate and honor Jaci’s life will be on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Flipper Temple AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia at 11am. Family, friends, and loved ones will gather to pay their respects and share cherished memories.
Jaci’s legacy of love, dedication, and service will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to know her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests financial contributions in support of establishing an endowment in Jaci’s name. Checks should be made payable to James Mays with a note “For the benefit of Jacqueline Mays Vickers”. Or, Zelle payments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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