Elmyra (Myra) Jemison, 30, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly September 12, 2010 at Gwinnett Medical Center near Lawrenceville, GA following complications after a probable allergic reaction to a medication being used to treat her hypertension (high blood pressure). The daughter of Charlotte H. Baker, Myra grew up in Jackson and Yazoo City, MS and later moved to New York, NY. Those who knew Elmyra will recall her fondness for bright colors ( even color coordinating her iPod ear buds to match her outfit! ), her love of tasty cupcakes and brownies, and her devotion to caffeinated beverages. Myra was an intelligent, generous and loving person. She lived her life to the fullest and tried to find the good in everyone and everything.
One of eight children, Myra valued family above all else. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Jackson State University, she earned two masters degrees (one at the University of Georgia, the other at Rutgers University-New Brunswick), focusing on urban issues such as city planning and public transportation. Football season was one of her favorite times of the year, especially when she could watch the Georgia Bulldogs (GO DAWGS!) or New Orleans Saints (WHO DAT!).
Her favorite days of the year were Christmas, because she always spent it at home with her family, and her birthday. She never stayed a stranger to anyone and was a great friend to many. Myra often gave to the homeless (a dollar for a specific person was usually tucked in a pocket), victims of domestic violence, and rape crisis centers. Elmyra also volunteered her time to help others through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Star. While traveling in New York, her music and novels always kept her company when family and friends could not. Forever smiling, Myra danced and laughed every day and truly could brighten up a room just by entering.
Myra was preceded in death by her grandparents, the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Harrison of Yazoo City, MS and the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Jemison of Aliceville, AL. She is survived by her mother, Charlotte H. Baker, siblings Charles H. Baker, Dreck K. Baker, William Jemison, Steven Baker, Charlotte Baker, Nathan Jemison and Robert W. Baker; uncle Dr. Robert W. Harrison III, aunts Kathleen J. Harrison and Pamela A. Harrison; and many, many, many cousins. A memorial service will be held September 25, 2010 at Robert D. Mackel and Sons Funeral Home in Natchez, MS, followed by internment at the Natchez City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the American Stroke Association in Elmyra’s name. You may also contribute in Myra’s name with gifts of time, talent or treasure in your community to causes that were significant to her including homeless shelters, food pantries, rape crisis centers, and domestic abuse shelters.