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Elyssa Ann (Ellah) Jacobs, 21, of Rockwall made her courageous journey to heaven on Dec. 3, 2013, as she danced her way into eternity. A memorial service will be held Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Rockwall First United Methodist Church, Rockwall, with the Rev. Reid Fade officiating, assisted by Vance Goodman and Nick Scott.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fletcher Calvin (Jake) Jacobs; her aunt, Jackie Jacobs Koehler; and her lifelong four-legged friend, Shellie.
She is survived by her parents, Jeffrey P. and Edith Oldshue Jacobs and sister Lynsey Jacobs, all of Rockwall; grandparents Wesley (Grace) Vaughn of Mobile, Ala., and Jerry (Isabel) Oldshue of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; her uncles, Buddy (Paige) Oldshue, John (Lynn) Oldshue, Calvin Jacobs, and Lamont (Natalie) Lavender; cousins Owen, Sam, and Eliza Carpenter, Isabel Oldshue, Hampton and Jake Oldshue, Cameron Maciel, Lorrie Denholm, Travis, Dustin, Fletcher, and Callie Jacobs, Lara Kay Arend, Savannah Halseth, and Webb and Sara Lavender; along with the wonderful medical staff of Children’s Medical Center.
Elyssa was born Sept. 26, 1992, in Greensboro, N.C. At the age of 15 months, she received a second chance at life through a lifesaving heart transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,  Ga. At the age of 6, she developed an autoimmune disorder, which she battled throughout her life. While in college, complications from this condition led to bone marrow failure. By the grace of God, her sister Lynsey was  able to give her a third chance at life through a bone marrow transplant. She developed acute rejection after a viral illness leading to heart failure.
Elyssa loved to dance, paint, read, and travel. She was pursuing a degree in American Sign Language hoping to work with special needs children. Elyssa will forever be remembered for the grace and courage she demonstrated throughout her lifelong journey.
She exemplified the attributes of love, kindness, and a heart of thanksgiving.
A special thank you to all of those who impacted her life throughout her journey.  Elyssa requested that everyone wear their favorite color (no black) to her celebration service.  
In lieu of flowers, Elyssa requested memorial gifts be made to one of the following: Camp Moss, c/o John Marc, 2824 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204; Elyssa Jacobs Fund at www.giveforward.com; or in honor of her love for animals, to the local SPCA at www.aspca.org.
Visit and sign the guest book at www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  December 12, 2013
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