Ida Lee Jefferson, a former Camden County Historical Commission board member, died on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Samaritan Hospice in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She was 73.
She was born on March 17, 1946 in Prattville, Alabama. She was second daughter born to the late Versie Lee and Ida Mae Nunn.
When she was seven-years-old, she, her older sister Edna Mae, and their parents left Prattville for Philadelphia, where they hoped life would be better for people of color.
In time, two more siblings Barbara, who preceded her in death and Jennifer, were born, replacing her coveted role as the baby of the family.
Affectionately known as “Peggy,” she was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. She worked as a nanny and typist until she came across the home health care industry and discovered she had a fondness for the elderly. Years later a work-related injury caused her to step away from her calling.
Jefferson later sat on the Camden County Historical Commission board where she served until 2017.
She loved nurturing her plants, gardening, studying about indigenous people, attending pow-wows and watching the cooking channel. She expressed her creativity through sketching, painting, writing and baking.
She was the mother of Sabrina, Leroy and Nikol and grandmother to her only grandchild, Sabrina.
A private memorial service was held June 2.