Vaniessa Marie Cousin was born to the late Eddie Cousin Sr. and Lillian Cousin on December 1,1967 in Hinds County, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents and her fiancé Mr. Willie King (AKA Bae). She made her transition to her eternal rest on May 28th 2021, at 10:03p.m., at her home.
She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Brown Hill Missionary Florence, MS. She faithfully served Brown Hill as a choir member and the Missionary Society for many years.
After joining the choir at church, Vaniessa began to showcase her talents at school talent shows and pageants gaining a lot of traction in her hometown.
Years after being diagnosed with cancer in '03, Vaniessa returned to her first love and began her career as an independent Gospel artist. Soon after achieving the goal of releasing music and working with numerous gospel artist like Kirk Franklin, she then found her calling for motivational speaking. She traveled over the southern region, networking and encouraging 100s to 1000s of people speaking to them about her journey to where she has gotten. She then was inspired to write a book about her journey entitled, "I've Been Through The Valley, But God".
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons: Devin McKenzie Cousin and Dalton Lee Cousin of Florence, MS; three sisters: Mary Ann Green (AJ) Stubb of Jackson, MS; Janith "Pat" Cousin (Frank) Forshee of Dallas, TX; Valeria (Gerard), Smith of Florence, MS; two brothers: Eddie Jr. Lee (Dorothy) Cousin, Jr. of Pulaski, MS; and Bryant (Tiffany) Cousin of Florence, MS; best friend, Shelia Harper of Florence, MS; three aunts: Vivian Nichols of Jackson, MS; Betty Jean Rayford of Jackson,MS; Retha May Singleton of Milwaukee, WI; one uncle, Jerry Jerdine (AKA Uncle Daddy) (Florene AKA Auntie Mama) of Jackson, MS; thirteen nieces and nephews, a host of relatives and adopted children.
Visitation Hours will be held Friday 06/04/2021 from 12:00-7:00 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday 06/05/2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Brown Hill Cemetery located on 120 Brown Hill Rd. Florence, MS
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