Bailey Memorial

6701 West Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL


Iris M Jacobs

June 19, 1925May 12, 2020
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Iris May Victoria Brooks-Jacobs was born on June 19,1925 in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Florence Brooks. Her passage from time to eternity came on Tuesday May 12, 2020, after a long but valiant fight with old age infirmities. As a child, Iris attended Red Bank Primary School and after completing her elementary education she went on to be trained as a dressmaker; a profession she kept until she migrated to the United States of America in April 1968. Iris leaving her young family in Jamaica did not hesitate to settle down in the State of New York and quickly became a certified Nurse's Aide. After completing more than two decades in Health and Hospital Services, Iris retired and returned to her homeland Jamaica in 1996. In Jamaica she re-established deep friendships with friends and family and molded herself into the spiritual diamond that she was to become. In 2017 Iris returned to the United States and resided in the State of Florida under the care of her son Reuben, daughter Idona, nephew Douglas and long-time family friend and neighbor Mrs. Verona Thomas. Iris was affectionately known to her children and grandchildren as 'Mom’, 'Irie’ and 'Grandma’ and to her community as “Mother Jacobs” and “Miss Iris.” She lived her life in full confidence of the Gospel’s saving power, for she was made the recipient of that power and unashamedly spoke of it to many and her own family. Iris spent much time in personal and intercessory prayer, deriving strength to continue when continuation seemed impossible. Iris was not intimidated by hard work. She constantly reminded her family and friends that nothing comes easy. She had an endless supply of love, warm and gentle affection for everyone, especially her family. Iris was a wonderful wife, caring mother, protective grandmother, and a loving great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Jacobs in 1986, daughter Janet Jacobs in 2001 and her first grandchild Arlene N. Jacobs in 2016. Family and Relationship with God were the focus of Iris Jacobs’ life. Surely, Iris will be missed and so will the physical presence of this gentle and compassionate woman; but her spirit and legacy will remain alive with us as a lasting memory in her honor.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories (sons) Rev. A. Roy, Lloyd, Reuben and Osbourne; (daughters) Idona and Ann; (grandsons) Orrett, Richard, Paul and Michael; (granddaughters) Denise and Angela; (great grands) Dylan, Delaney, Denver, Noelle, Sierra and Sonya; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.



  • Reuben Jacobs, Son
  • Austin Jacobs, Son
  • Westford Jacobs, Son
  • Osbourne Jacobs, Son
  • Ann Jacobs Witter, Daughter
  • Janet Jacobs, Daughter
  • Idona Jacobs Fowler, Daughter
  • Michael Fowler, Grandson
  • Richard Jacobs, Grandson
  • Paul Jacobs, Grandson
  • Orette Jacobs, Grandson
  • Denise Jacobs Waul, Granddaughter
  • Angela Jacobs Spano, Granddaughter
  • Arlene Jacobs, Granddaughter
  • Douglas Brooks, Nephew
  • Iris Jacobs also leaves many nieces, nephrews, cousins and other relatives.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Reception

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


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Ann Witter

May 22, 2020

So much memories i could write a book. Especially the first ten years of my life, which was before she travelled to USA. The elememtary school days ordeal. I left for school without wearing the proper attire, she ran after me with a different outfit; i heard the voice calling me "Ann" i stopped and looked around it was my mom striding to catch me, she fixed my hair, i opened it and secretly fixed it my own way. All the airmail envelopes that i collected from the post office on my way from school that reads from Mrs Iris Jacobs, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. I held on to those carefully like a treasure cause there was never an empty letter. The day the lightening partially damaged the house she told me i was not born yet but it was repeated so many times i can tell my own version of it. We prayed, we sing, we share God Word. She was a faithful member of Back to the Bible for many years, a radio program for which she was recognize with some kind of incentives from them. A woman that took pride in herself. The long nails, the hair in place etc. We have frequent phone conversations of which i did most of the calling from my job. She would greet me with " a fimme last daughter". After a lenghty conversation she would say "Ann watch yu time". The many interesting family stories that never gets old to hear. Some of which are told for a good laugh. You were kind to everyone, an adage you once said in reference to yourself "miss goody, goody from kind hill". I inherited that from you. Mom you got tired so sleep and take your rest. We shall meet again in the sweet bye and bye.
Revelation 21 verse 3 & 4

Loving daughter

Lilly Whyte

May 21, 2020

It was wonderful to have known 'Miss Iris'. We were neighbors in Jamaica. I have such beautiful memories of spending time with her. There was never a time that we spoke that the name of Jesus was not mentioned and her first words would always be from the BIBLE.

Sleep well Iris.

Lilly Whyte

Douglas Brooks

May 20, 2020

On behalf of myself and my sister cynthia and brother standford we would like to say aunt iris was a god blessed aunt who lived a long and humble life. My father her brother Sydney introduced me to her at a young age, and with deepest sadness she will be missed.may she rest on eternal peace x

Albert and Santie Faulknor

May 20, 2020

Auntie Iris was my favorite.

She was a loving, caring and kind person, one who upheld high moral and spiritual values. I believe I was her favorite nephew too and she would always be there when you needed her. She loved my family very much and gave Santie her first opportunity to travel abroad.

She was a Christian and loved God. She showed respect and demanded respect too. She was determined and strong, a woman of faith and courage.

We shall lay to rest one of the world’s best woman. She will surely be missed.

Rest In Peace Auntie Iris
Love Albert & Santie

Pauline Brooks

May 20, 2020

From the Brooks family St. Elizabeth Jamaica and Toronto, Canada to our dear aunt Iris may your soul rest in peace.

Pancy Spence

May 19, 2020

Saying goodbye to our loving Aunty Iris

God saw you getting tired and cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered come to me.

Aunty Iris was a wonderful Aunt to me and my Sister Ilene. We loved and respected her very much. we always admired the close relationship between herself and our Mother Daisy .
We remember her as being Loving, Caring ,Kind and humble especially towards her family, she would help them in whatever way she could.

Aunty Iris was our confidant and we were hers, we could talk to her about anything. She was such a good listener and our personal adviser. Her words of encouragement we will never forget .

While we took care of her in Jamaica we shared some awesome experiences with her singing and sharing the word of God this was what she loved to do the most. A Virtuous woman truly to be admired for her Love of her Saviour. She was a true woman of God.

My daughter Christine recounts the nights she used to stay at her house after leaving work. Her home was so welcoming and she could eat whatever she wanted. They had long talks about her life when she was younger, and of course she had to share the word of God with her.

Aunty we will remember your smile and little jokes. Your attributes we will never forget. You will always be in our hearts.

Rest for now until we meet again. We Love you Aunty Iris.

Ilene Faulknor,
Pancy Spence
Christine Spence

Carona Faulknor

May 18, 2020

Aunty Iris as we all know her was wise and God you could look to for guidance in any aspect of life. She was the second grandmother to me.

I always looked forward to visiting her home in Junction because once you were there you are always leaving with something, whether it be a piece of bun or a slice of cake, she was always quite hospitable. I lived with her for sometime while in high school and that’s when I really got to know how God fearing she was.

Life went on and as I got older, the visits would fade but I still remembered her and the role she played in my life.
When it was time for her to return to her home in America, I was glad I was able to help out by accompanying her on the journey. I left her there knowing she was HAPPY, happy to be with her children, happy to be home. That made me felt at ease.

Time again would intervene and I would lose my grandmother Daisy (Iris’s sister) May 7, 2019. Little did I know that Aunty Iris would be just behind her by exactly a year.

They both lived a full life and we are grateful to God for the time we spent with them.

Rest on Aunty Iris and we will meet again in the earth made new.

I- Intelligent
R- Rich in love
I- Impeccable
S- Servant of God


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May 17, 2020

Peter&Lindsay Rowe

May 17, 2020

Peter: The first time I met Aunty Iris in person was in Jamaica in 2000 with my wife Lindsay and two daughters Nicole & Chelsee. Id heard so much about her from my mum, so it already felt like I knew her.

Ill never forget her lovely big garden, which I always called the football pitch.

Ill always remember whenever I went to her house in Junction she always took out the juice and cake and say help yourself you are not a stranger.

She would always say look at Mavis (meaning me, as I look like my mum).

Now shes gone to a better place with her sisters (the three amigos) Aunty Daisy, Aunty Iris, Rose (aka Mavis, my mum) and her brothers, Uncle Sidney & Uncle Melvin.

Lindsay: I had the great pleasure of meeting Aunty Iris in 1996 when I went to Florida with Aunty Iris’s sister/my mother in-law, Mavis and my sister in-laws Paulette, Patsy & their children.

Aunty Iris and her son Ruben made us feel so welcome and at home, they looked after us like Royalty.

The next time I saw Aunty Iris was in 2000 in Jamaica, by this time Peter and I had our 2 daughters (Nicole aged 5 & Chelsee aged 3 at the time) and it was like it was only a few weeks ago since id last seen her, and just like in Florida all those years ago she welcomed us with open arms, and her home was ours.

I was lucky enough to see her a few more times in Jamaica and each time she had open arms for us and stories of old times.

I havent been back to Jamaica since Aunty Iris moved back to America, but when I do it wont feel the same going back to Jamaica and not going to see her.

Rest in eternal peace with your brothers and sisters, you’ll always be in our thoughts and hearts.

All our love Peter, Lindsay, Nicole & Chelsee xxxx




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