Anissa Y. Jones was born on April 25, 1967 in Boston, MA to Patricia (Sparks) Emmanuel and the late Johnnie L. Jones. She was the older of two children. She peacefully departed from this earth on July 31. 2020.
Anissa was raised in Roxbury, MA along with her brother, the late Johnnie J. (John John) Jones whom she loved dearly. Anissa and (John John), as he was called by family were inseparable! When Anissa was seven years old, the family relocated to Stoughton, MA. She received her High School Diploma from Stoughton High School in 1985. Math was one of favorite subjects. She was also an avid athlete. She played lacrosse for two years in high school, but finally gave it up because, with that hardy laughter, and in her words, ”I was tired of running and getting my legs beat up”.
After high school, Anissa attended Stonehill College with the aspiration of getting a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. However, during a weekend visit to Danbury, CT to see her grandfather, his wife informed Anissa that UPS was hiring. Being her inquisitive self (and not really loving college), she went to see what opportunities were available. Anissa felt that the professional growth opportunities at UPS offered her a much better future than the intended degree in Child Psychology. She began her career at UPS in 1990 at the administrative level and worked extremely hard. Over time, she was promoted to management and remained at the company for several years.
While working at UPS Anissa met her longtime companion, Raymond Ledger. Together, they enjoyed traveling and hours of conversation. To know Anissa was to love her. To love her was to love her laughter, her beautiful smile, and energetic personality. She loved having fun. She was bright and had a strong constitution and will about her. Anissa had a sharp and sarcastic wit that made her charming and most times quite hilarious. She was extremely giving and passionate about those she really loved. Anissa loved music and enjoyed creative art. Drawing and painting were her favorite pastimes. Her creativity showed in her love for fashion. Anissa loved clothes and dressing. She always showed up in style! We will miss her fashion flair and contagious laughter. Anissa was preceded in death by her father, Johnnie L. Jones and her brother, Johnnie J. (John) Jones.
Anissa is survived by her mother Patricia (Sparks) Emmanuel and stepfather Reynold Emmanuel. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles: Robert Sparks and wife of Foxboro, MA; Larry Sparks and wife of Newport News, VA; Annett Edwards of Roxbury, MA; Wilson Jones of Nashua, NH; and Gladys Jones-Wilson and husband of Mattapan, MA. Anissa also leaves many cousins and a host of friends.
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