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Jannie L. Paige

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Jannie L. Paige

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THE LIFE OF JANNIE LOUISE CUTTS PAIGE

 

Jannie Louise Cutts Paige, daughter of the late Louise Owens Benn and Raymond Cutts, was born in Winter Park, Florida on February 5, 1928.  She peacefully passed into glory on March 15, 2021 at the age of 93, with loved ones by her side.  

 

Sister Paige and her baby brother who was the apple of her eye, Dr. Raymond Cutts, Jr., walked in mutual love and admiration throughout their lives even as they moved later in life from their birthplace to locations north -  he to Potomac Falls, Maryland, and she to Willingboro, New Jersey.  Sister Paige graduated from Hungerford High School in Eatonville, Florida where she was a soprano in the gospel choir.  Thereafter, she attended Virginia Union University where she was on the Honor Roll, and graduated with a degree in Primary Education.  While at Virginia Union, she was a member of the Jubilee Chorale where her glorious operatic soprano voice continued to blossom, uplift and give God the glory through her rare vocal gift.  She also proudly pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by Black college-educated women. 

 

Following college, Sister Paige moved to Washington, D.C. and took a job with the National Security Agency (NSA) where her role at the intelligence/counter-intelligence agency helped to protect the national security of the United States. The exact nature of her work with the Agency will forever remain a mystery to her family and friends given she refused to answer questions about, or otherwise discuss, the work she did while employed by the NSA! 

 

It was in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 1955, that the lovely Jannie Louise Cutts married the love of her life, the debonair Roy Blair Paige of Washington, D.C.  The soon-to-be life-partners would remain devoted to one another through 53 years of marriage, building a wonderful life and loving home for themselves and their three children - Darryl, Billy and Royce.  The earthly bond was broken between Jannie and Roy only upon his transition to Heaven on December 15, 2008.  

 

Sister Paige’s commitment to, and love of, the Lord were cultivated from a very early age.  She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior when she was a young child in Florida, and remained anchored in the Lord and the church throughout her life, most recently as a member of St. John Baptist Church in Camden, N.J. and previously as a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, N.J.  One of her favorite songs is “Stand” (by Donnie McClurkin).  Sister Paige often recounted that her grandfather, Minister Enoch Owens, regularly preached on and talked with her about standing on the Word of God.  Do your best (ordered steps must be poised and ready to move!), maintain unwavering faith and let God do the rest.  As the lyrics to the song declare - “just stand!”  That’s the way Sister Paige lived her life, and in particular how she pressed on following the death of her beloved husband, Roy.  

 

Following her stint with the Federal government, Sister Paige shifted her career focus to pursue her true passion of educating children.  She would thereafter become, in essence, a lifelong educator, teaching first grade for 30 years, dedicating most of those years to students in the Willingboro School District.  An authentic nurturer (who, despite this virtue, never suffered foolishness, from children or adults) with a keen intellect and a seemingly endless reserve of fortitude, confident dignity, compassion and empathy, she was blessed with the ability to connect with young hearts and minds, positively impacting forever the lives of those she touched.  Although Sister Paige retired in 1992, her family continues to hear from former students extolling the virtues of, and sending warm regards to, “Mrs. Paige, my first-grade teacher!”

 

God used Sister Paige’s gracious spirit to touch the lives of countless young people not only in the classroom, but also in her own home by speaking-life into and inspiring her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as their friends and neighborhood young people who spent hours in the Paige home interacting with Mrs. Paige and her husband, Roy B. aka the “Mayor of Willingboro.”  Great conversation (from the serious to the sublime), good-eats, lots of sports on the television and plenty of laughs were on tap for those who hung out at the Paige home.  Little-known fun fact about Sister Paige - she had a great (sometimes wicked) sense of humor, and she loved to laugh.  Her reserved demeanor belied that fact for those who may not have known her well.  Also, if you swung by the Paiges’ home on any given Sunday, you best believe you were in for a healthy serving of Mahalia Jackson on the turntable - Sister Paige loved Mahalia!

 

Sister Paige loved deeply, consistently and loyally.  She was fiercely devoted to her family, and took the utmost delight in spending time with them, especially spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Many enduring family traditions originated at “Nanny and Pop-Pop’s” house, a family favorite of which was “Friday Night Spaghetti” - spaghetti was one of Pop-Pop’s culinary specialties.  Nanny relinquished the kitchen to Pop-Pop after he retired and she continued working.  This suited Nanny just fine, even after she retired. 

 

We count ourselves blessed to have been touched and impacted by Sister Paige’s steadfast faith in the Lord, as well as her boundless and consistent capacity to love, nurture, uplift and guide throughout the years.

 

To cherish her precious memory and carry on the proud Paige legacy, Sister Paige leaves behind children, William A. Paige and Royce A. Warrick; son-in-law, Bryan A. Warrick; daughter-in-law, Margaret L. Paige; 10 grandchildren - Darryl A. Paige, Jr., Taryn M. Paige, Tajuana N. Paige, Julian T. Paige, Blair A. Warrick, Jordan N. Paige, Sheree E. Paige, Jasmine A. Paige, Taylor P. Warrick, Peyton M. Warrick; five great-grandchildren - Anaia N. Paige, Makayla P. McKinney, Brayden A. Paige, Isabella A. Paige, Ronald C. Conner, Jr.; daughters-in-love - Rosalind Davies, Chantal Paige, Daisy Paige, Patricia Paige; sisters-in-law Mary Frances Brooks and Carol Cutts; brother-in-law Russell E. Brooks, Sr.; and a host of nieces and nephews and other treasured relatives, loved ones and friends.  For those loved ones who pre-deceased Sister Paige, including her husband, Roy Blair Paige; son, Darryl A. Paige, Sr.; Mother, Louise Owens Benn; Father, Raymond Cutts; brother, Raymond Cutts, Jr.; Step-Father, Leonard Benn; Mother-in-law, Maudina Brooks; Father-in-law, William Paige; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Brooks, Ellen Corbin and Rosa Tate; brother-in-law, Alfred Corbin, Sr.; and nephew, Alfred Corbin, Jr. surely there was rejoicing in Heaven as they met Sister Paige just inside the gates

Jannie L. Paige, departed this life on Monday, March 15, 2021. Celebration of Life for family only will held Monday, March 22, 2021 11am at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ.  Family & friends may participate in a walk through viewing 10am -11am. Service will be live stream at 11am at  www.TLHuttonfuneralservices.com

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