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Jean Marie Howard Rankin

April 8, 1948 – April 16, 2020

NATCHEZ — Jean Marie Howard Rankin, 72, of Fayette, passed at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, on April 16, 2020. There will be a walk-through-only viewing today, April 24, 2020, at Marshall Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 25, at Smithland Baptist Church Cemetery in Stanton, Mississippi, at 11 a.m. officiated by Rev. Ernest Ford Jr. Burial will follow under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rankin was born in Church Hill, on April 8, 1948, to Harry Sr. and Cordelia Myles Howard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Rankin Sr.; one daughter, Shymetris Michelle Rankin; god-parents, Ross & Sadie Pernell; seven siblings, Alexander Howard, Josie Allen, Rev. Leon Howard, Ulysee Howard, Harry Howard Jr., Isabella Howard and Joseph Howard.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving daughter, Jacquelyn Rankin Anderson and husband Karl of Fayette, MS; a devoted son, Robert Rankin Jr. and his wife Nicholle of San Diego, CA; twin grandchildren, Alysia Nichelle Rankin and Alijah Jamal Rankin; three acquired grandchildren, Alvin Davis, Carlos Anderson and Kimberly White; two sisters, Cordelia McMorris and husband Wayne  and Emma Howard both of Pasadena, CA; three brothers, Robert Howard, Ivory Howard both of Los Angeles, CA and Rev. D. W. Howard and wife Carrie of Natchez, MS;  god daughter, Connie Oliver Bass and husband Jeffrey of Fayette, MS; her in-laws “The Rankins” for over fifty years; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.