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Valerie K. Jacobs

August 8, 1958 ~ April 8, 2019 (age 60)

Valerie Kay Jacobs, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2019, surrounded by loved ones after a short bout with cancer.  Valerie was born on August 8, 1958 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to Booker T. Jacobs and Janie Mae Summers Jacobs.  After the family migrated to New York, Valerie began her education in the New York City public school system.  She attended Public School 16 in Williamsburg, Middle School 211 in Canarsie as well as Canarsie High School. Valerie was a graduate of Kingsborough Community College where she received her Associate’s degree in Social Work. Shortly after graduating from Kingsborough, Valerie started her professional career at the Willowbrook Mental Institution.

Though Valerie enjoyed being a social worker, she found her true passion when she became a police officer with the New York City Police Department. Valerie entered the police training academy in 1978.  She served in many positions with NYPD -- 77th & 90th Precincts, and as a Patrol Officer, but was most proud of her work as a Detective.  Valerie was well known and respected throughout the communities that she served.  She was truly committed, and loved being a Police Officer, and was dedicated to protecting and serving New York for thirty years.

Valerie had an affinity for music; she loved it all.  Her favorite genres were Gospel, House and Merengue.  She was a House Music dance queen and could stay on the floor all night.  Valerie loved to shop; she would shop all day if you let her.  She was an avid foodie, and despite her very slender frame, she could put it away like most men.  She loved to laugh and spend time with family and friends.  She was known for her quick wit, infectious smile, and very quiet personality.  Valerie left a positive impact on those around her, and her presence will be greatly missed.

Valerie was a loving daughter, mother, sister, and loyal friend.  She raised the love of her life, her son, Anthony Caines.  In addition to her son, Valerie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her father Booker T. Jacobs; her mother Janie Mae Jacobs; her sister Alice Jacobs; her brothers: Patrick Jacobs and Darin Jacobs; her sister-in-law Lisa Jacobs; nephews: Levar Jacobs and Denzel Jacobs; nieces: Lenora Jacobs and Lynee Jacobs; great-nephews: Demetric and Dieu; and great-niece Diamond.  She also leaves behind her ride or die first cousin, Yvette Arrington and son Matthew Arrington; other first cousins: Perry and Bernard Murray from Orangeburg, South Carolina; aunts: Theresa Stephens and Nancy Johnson; as well as a host of other family members and friends.



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