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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
My life was beautiful; for as long as it lasted, but the journey of my life has come to an end. God knows all and sees all, he knows what best for us, even when we don’t know it ourselves. My death wasn’t a mistake, it was an appointment with the Master. Please find comfort in knowing that I have no regrets whatsoever. Take very good care of my son that I am leaving behind. Make sure he knows that it wasn’t my plans to leave him so early in his life, this was all God’s plan. Somethings in life are impossible for mankind to fully understand. No matter how long God has entrusted our loved ones here on earth, their departure is hard to understand. As a family, you must accept God’s will and abide by his holy words. The bible tells us that to be absent from the body, is to be in the presence of the Lord. Considering the sorrow in our hearts, it is with humble submission and reverence that we must accept the will of God.
Kiwanda Janay Jones was born on August 25, 1989, in Albany, Georgia to parents, Gary Jones Sr., and D’Andrea Jones. She was affectionately known as the “Song Bird”. Kiwanda loved to sing, she could make up a song about anything and was not shy about singing in public. Her educational journey began in Brantley County at Nahunta Elementary School. After moving to Brunswick, she attended Glynn County Public Schools. In September of 2006, she enrolled in the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program at the Fort Stewart Campus in Hinesville, Georgia. In December 2006, she graduated and received the following: Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program Diploma, GED Diploma, Certificate of Achievement in Medical Office Technician, Presidential Physical Fitness Award, Certificate of Completion in 1st Level Training in The Disciplines of: Tai Chi Chuan, Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Dynamic Stretching Kickboxing, Relaxation and Meditation.
At a young age, she was a Junior Usher and active in the Youth Choir at St. Andrews Holiness Church under the Leadership of the Late District Elder Wille C. Mitchell. Later in life, she joined Living Word Worship Center International Ministries, Inc., under the leadership of Pastor Darren B. West. She was active in the Choir and the Praise and Worship Ministry.
She was employed with the United States Postal Service for two years, but her passion was the healthcare profession. As a CNA, she loved the elderly and she traveled to work in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Augusta and Brunswick, Georgia. She was employed by several healthcare providers including: Caring Hearts Senior Care Services Inc, First Light Home Care, Addington Place of Brunswick and many others.
Kiwanda departed this life on December 23, 2023. God called her home from the trials and labors of this earthly life. She leaves to cherish her memories: son, Nehemiah G Jones; mother, D’Andrea M Jones; father, Gary Jones, Sr., (Ericia); brothers, Gary Jones Jr, Octavious D. Jones, Ishmael D. Jones, Jeremiah Jones; sisters, Latasha N. Williams, Saveena Cole (Wade), Shakeria Jones; nieces, Charity Jones, Shania Jones, Ivy Jones; nephew, Malachi Jones; three grandnephews and one grandniece; aunts, Willette C. Brown, and Judy Jones; adopted grandmother, Carrie Mitchell Barnett; godmother, Sonya Porter; godsister, Marion Steele; a host of other relatives, friends, and church family.