Nena Elaine Carr-Jackson

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Nena Elaine Carr-Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio was called home to heaven on November 13, 2020 at the age of 51. Until her last breath she displayed a courageous fight for her life. Nena was born July 10, 1969 to Richard and Linda Carr.
She graduated from Mifflin High School in 1987. She attended The Ohio State University and later graduated from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. She also studied at Capital University and was enrolled in the Harvard Business School Online. Nena worked for the State of Ohio since 1992 in Human Resources and most recently as an EEO Coordinator.

Although her career path in Human Resources started in college, Nena’s true passion was launching numerous businesses. Her entrepreneurial spirit first bloomed when she became a Nail Artist while working through college. Through the years, she moved on to larger endeavors when she began to merge her passion for music and hip hop with her business acumen. She eventually made a name for herself within the music industry with her involvement with several successful artists, including Cam’Ron and Bizzy Bone, among others. She most recently entered the cosmetic industry with the launching of her signature cosmetic line, NenaElaine.

As Owner, Founder and CEO of the Nena Elaine Foundation, Nena developed a cosmetic line dedicated to her family and friends. Her cherished lipstick line was named in honor of her mother, sister, cousin, and her closest friends.
Nena also started The Nena Elaine Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purpose committed to conducting research, educating the public, assisting individuals as well as families and caregivers who support those suffering from Lupus, Kidney Disease and other autoimmune-related diseases. Additionally, Nena founded The Pink Tag and Partner in the Superstar Booking Agency.

Nena, as we all know, had many facets of her life where she excelled. If Nena committed to something she was going to follow through to the end and do it well. She took tremendous pride and joy in her unwavering commitment and dedication to the esteemed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Nena was initiated in the Nu Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1994, and in 2019, as an active member of the Columbus (OH) Alumnae chapter, she received her 25-year service award.

Nena had a passion for mentoring young girls, and in recent years, she chaired the Jabberwock Committee and the Delta G.E.M.S. program. Her leadership efforts assisted the chapter to award thousands of scholarship dollars to graduating seniors where they focused on college readiness, self-esteem, and individual growth. Nena was an integral part of the chapter’s success in its mentoring efforts. In 2018 and 2019, the Chapter received resolutions from the Columbus City Council for National Mentoring Month. She touched the lives of so many young women in Central Ohio and those relationships flourished well into their college years.

Nena Elaine was a Socialite, Traveler, Fashionista, Entrepreneur, Booking Agent, Grammy Award Winning Artist Manager, Event Planner, and Mentor. But, perhaps more than anything she was a friend and sister to many. She was truly a girl’s girl and appreciated fine couture. She was known for bringing all of her friends together, whether she was organizing a trip, or gatherings at some of her favorite restaurants. She enjoyed being in the place to be and receiving good service. When treated well during dining experiences she would often exclaim “NOW LEAVE THEM A GOOD TIP” to all of her girls just in case someone forgot.

Nena always presented herself with great poise, grace, and elegance. She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Linda Carr, her grandmother, Mary Kearney, sister, Aneka Burton, brother George “Bretney” Carr, and two nephews, Nikko Burton and Logan Patrick. She also leaves behind several uncles, aunts, cousins, and a special cousin who was more like sister, Necolle (Brian) Steele, as well as countless friends who will miss her dearly.

Private Funeral service will be held at Christian Valley Baptist Church located at 3330 Scottwood Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. and will be officiated by Pastor Donald A. Fitzgerald, Jr. Mask and Social Distancing are required.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Our beloved sister and friend, I still cannot believe you are no longer here. You were an awesome leader for the Delta G.E.M.S. Committee and made a lasting impression on each young lady in the program. We love you and will miss you dearly! You are definitely a GEM and have earned your heavenly wings! Prayers to your lovely family and dear friends!!

  2. Hello Family of Nena Jackson,

    I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Nena for over a year. I was so shocked and saddened upon hearing the news of her transition. I pray for you all and know that she is truly missed. May God give you peace and strength at all times.

    God Bless Ms. Nena’s family in Jesus Name.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thinking of you all.

  4. My deepest condolence and prayers to the family. Nena was such a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Rest in Peace Nena.

  5. Linda and Richard,

    Our heartfelt condolences for your sorrowful loss. May Nena’s soul find rest and peace, and may God bless your family.

    Clark & Elfriede Fuller

  6. We are all better people for having Nena somewhere in our lives…Prayers to the family.

  7. Fly High with the angels Nina. You were a sweet person and one who I always loved talking too. Even though we worked together for a short time, it was certainly a pleasure knowing you and working with you. RIP in Heaven.

  8. Nena,
    thinking of you in these difficult times and sending love to your family and friends ❤️.

    Love you,
    Carmen Stewart

    • Nena, a one of a kind jewel and a sweet spirit! I’m blessed to have called you friend! Sending prayers to your family.❤️

  9. Felicia J. Clayton

    I served with Nena on many committees over the years in our beloved Sorority and she was always sweet, helpful and kind. She was a good and dedicated Delta and she will be missed. Rest well my Soror, you have earned it.

  10. Diahann (Watson) Ryan

    Prayers of peace and comfort to the family.

  11. Kimberly Allen-Davis

    One GREAT woman! One beautiful soul! She was true at heart and pure goodness! I will miss seeing her face and hearing her words of wisdom and comfort! Praying for every’s strength who knows her! Praying for mom, dad and sister to find peace and that God will strengthen you all! Love you Nena and will surely miss your beautiful presence and spirit! Sending love to us all!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  12. I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Nena’s passing just today. My prayers of comfort go out to the family and friends of Nena. I met Nena through working for the State of Ohio and we had an automatic connection because we shared the same first name. Even though I have a much different spelling. Nena was a lady of class and perfection. She will truly be missed!!

  13. To Aneka and family, I am so sadden by Nena’s passing. Whoever Aneka’s friends were growing up, Nena also extended love to us and I so appreciated that. I was thrilled to get to work along side of her in the community servicing youth through our respective sororities. Nena took pride in all that she did. She was truly a class act. Her presence was impeccable. Fly high and rest eternally.

    Karla (Hairston) Porter

  14. Sabrina (Harris) Brown

    To a beautiful shining star . May you now Rest In Peace! You will be missed here on earth and will always hold a special place in so many hearts.
    Prayers for comfort, peace and strength to your family!

  15. May you finally be at peace in God’s arms. RIH fellow Puncher Alumni and Soror.

  16. You will truly be missed. You were a true friend. You always had a smile on your face. I never seen you mad, you were always so positive to everyone . I’ve known you for more than over 30yrs. You will always have part of my heart. Until we see each other again my friend, fly with the Angels.

  17. Sending Prayers and peace to the family. Nena was a wonderful person. I am thrilled and honored to have been considered a friend though out the years. She will be sadly missed in our circle of friends. Rest in heaven until we all meet again my friend.

  18. Ralph Smithers, Jr.

    Extending heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Carr family. While it has been many years since we have seen each other in person, I often reached out to Nena on social media or email to check up on the family. You have never been far from my mind. The Smithers family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Naima Abdur-Rashid

    I’ve looked up to Nena since I was 16 years old. She was cool with everyone when we were young and always knew where the party was. We were in a Cam’ron music video because of her music industry connections – an experience I will never forget. When I graduated from college, Nena helped me get my first permanent job with the State of Ohio. This was the start of my HR career. Over the years, I’ve known Nena to be an advocate for many people. She was dedicated to fairness and equality. Nena always gave me good advice, professionally and personally. I confided in her about relationship issues and also sought her advice on what to wear. She was honest and I respected her ability to speak and live her truth. Nena was full of amazing and entertaining stories from her many travels and adventures. We talked about going to Dubai or South Africa, trips that sadly, we will never take. I will always remember and cherish Nena’s memory. May she rest in peace.

  20. Heaven has certainly gained an angel. Nena touched everyone who she encountered. Rest well. Condolences and prayers to her family and friends.

  21. Sheila Thomas-Jackson

    Sending heartfelt prayers to the Carr family. Nena was such an amazing person and I’m so blessed to have known her since our teenage years. She was truly a blessing in my life and definitely a sister-friend. She will be deeply missed by my entire family. My condolences.

  22. I knew Nena from high school and college years and every time I saw her, she would display that gorgeous smile full of joy! She was truly an ‘Angel’ that God has blessed us all with. She has definitely made a positive impact to everyone in her path. May God continue to provide strength, comfort and understanding to the Carr family and friends.

  23. To the family of my beloved Soror, Nena Elaine Carr- Jackson. My prayers and comforting thoughts are extended to you during this time in your lives. May God’s healing arms bring you peace and understanding.

  24. Sonjia Williams-Lewis

    My condolences to all Nena’s family and friends who loved her. It so surreal. Until we meet again Rest Beauty in the Presence of the Lord!

  25. My sincere condolences on your loss. Mere words cannot express how sorry I am for you and the extended family. Nena fought long and hard, but now she is at rest with the Lord. May the Lord be with you through these difficult times.

  26. Such a heartbreak!!! My friend was a ray of sunshine… No one ever like her.. She was loved from all around the world. She will truly be missed. I’m sure she’s watching us from heaven seeing all this love for her.. We all love and will miss u dearly… Rest in heaven my friend…

  27. Nena,
    God has called another Angel home. You have certainly earned your wings and left behind a bright path for others to follow. Rest well in heaven, Soror. Until we meet again.
    God bless you and your family.

  28. To the Carr family, there are no words that can take away the hurt of losing Nena, but I wish you peace to bring comfort in days to come and courage to face to the loving memories that you will forever hold in your hearts.
    Goodbye my tail from your ace

  29. I was blown away to hear about Nena’s passing. My deepest and most sincere condolences to her family and friends. I love Nena ❤️. I thank God for our friendship and sisterhood. Rest easy Beloved

  30. Although I’m unable to attend the funeral, I send my heart felt Love & Condolences to my Aunt Linda, Uncle Richard and my Cousin Aneka.
    God bless my Cousin Nena’s soul and may she rest in peace.

  31. Susan and George Karageorge

    Aneka and Family-
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    May the joyful memories you had with Nena, comfort you and bring you peace.
    May her Memory be Eternal.

  32. Marjorie N. Robinson

    I give my whole hearted condolences on your loss of a wonderful, caring, courageous and most of loving woman you had and have in Nena. Even though I did not know Nena for a very long time, she was a friend and great person in my life. I know she is at peace with the Lord and I also pray that the Lord will continue to comfort all of you in the difficult and trying time.

  33. To the family of Nena Carr-Jackson I send my sincere condolences. We are all better people for knowing Nena. She was beautiful inside and out and will be forever in our hearts and memories.

    Crystal, Bre, Zian & Jay ❤️

  34. Soror Nichelle White

    My deepest condolences. Soror Nena Jackson will truly be missed, we will keep her legacy alive through our work with Delta GEMS.

  35. Prayers and sincere condolences are with the family of my dearest friend Nena for the loss of their loved one. Nena was a golden spirit who loved life, genuine friend of friends, caring, good listener, solid gold heart, honest & one of the few friends that I still had from Mifflin days, always giving me sisterly advise and there for me and my kids and encouraged greatness and growth at all times…no excuses. Nena definitely is one of a kind….I will miss our lunches & times together prior to this pandemic. The last conversation and communication I had with her she said “I miss you” and I said “love ya girl & miss you too”…had no idea this would be a day you transitioned from the ones who love you. God please place the blood of Jesus over Nena, her mom, dad, Sister, brother, family & friends…give us strength to be great and blessed. #NenaGoals

  36. Those we
    Don’t go away
    They walk
    Beside us
    Condolences and prayers for the family and friends of Nena

  37. Today was a beautiful home going service celebrating the life of my wonderful friend Nena. Nena was a true gem and a beautiful person. To the family stay strong and may God bless you each and every day. She will always be remembered and never forgotten.

  38. Evette L Alexander

    There are no words that can express my sorrow. Nena a beautiful Angel loved my many, never forgotten. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  39. Evette L Alexander

    There are no words that can express my sorrow. Nena a beautiful Angel loved by many, never forgotten. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  40. To my travel partner friend and client, I will cherish every memory we have. This is a huge loss but a greater gain in Heaven. I’d like to send condolences to her loved ones and also thank Mr. & Mrs. Carr for raising a special, caring daughter that you shared with the world. She will never be forgotten. It was an honor to know her for over 20 years. Rest in eternal peace Nena Elaine! We love you!

  41. Always loved & charished by all that knew her. Living life to the fullest, her way. We admired your energy, your strength, your determination…such an inspiration and great role model for your family & your friends. Our hearts are broken but comfort comes from knowing you are in heaven celebrating with our family. Our Angel, Nena rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.
    Thank you for all the wonderful memories we shared.
    Love, Uncle Frank, Aunt Peggy, Jessica, and Nick

  42. Halisi (Byrd) Wolf

    Nena was inclusive in a way that I marveled, respected and worked to emulate. She was giving of her time, knowledge and her beautiful smile that would light up a room. She connected people and did so much for so many and when she brought someone into the fold, everyone welcomed them with open arms. I admired her for this and tried to be that person for others.

    My sincerest condolences to her family, friends and everyone her life touched. I pray we will all find peace and comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering. Nena will be missed dearly, but her legacy and the mark she left on the world will extend well beyond her years with us.

  43. I would like to gave my Deepest condolences to the Carr family. I have known Nena for over 40 something years of my life and I have never seen her mad or even upset Nena was one of the first people to reach out to me when I came home letting me know she was doing her thing with that high end stuff Nena if you could have seen all your girls hold you down it would have put a big smile on your pretty face.From me and my brother Kelly and our family we send or love to you and your family and may God bless your soul and send peace and comfort to your family ❤️❤️❤️

  44. Alethea E Gaddis

    Nena, I still can not wrap my mind around the fact that you have gone from labor to reward. You are missed. I will always cherish the day we sat in your kitchen laughing and talking. Rest Well Nena.


    I’m speechless and so bothered Cousin Nena! I just found out the first day of 2021 and I’m so heart broken, no one told me. I miss you so so so much. It’s hitting me very hard within. I will miss all your advice and our long conversations. We always longed our mutual agreement that my dad brought us together. Now your dancing through the stars with him and I know y’all are having nothing but laughters together. I hope you guys are keeping your wings over me at this time because I know y’all see the tremendous hurt I feel. Nena you meant so much to me! You were my bestfriend, my big sister, Aunty and cousin all in one! I’m so happy and honored of the connection we had together . You kept your eye on me from a baby girl and never lost me. I’m truly honored of your protection and love you’ve giving me! It’s seems so unreal to me but I know I will be better, right now I wish I had your strength that you always carried! You were definitely a role model to me and I was so attached to the beauty you had within and out. You always made sure you visited me, called me just always stayed connected to me. I appreciate you Nena! I love you so much cousin! My heart is so torn but I know your in a better place with no worries! It’s hurting me bad that your not here but I have to understand that your as happy and at peace as ever! I miss you cousin! I truly do! Tell my NaNa Carolyn Chapman, my Grandad, Uncle Rodger, Uncle Sean (he loved me so much), My Aunty Lisa (I was her angel), and my DADDY “JADE CHAPMAN (I was his heart and he was my everything), I love and miss them all truly so much! R.I.P COUSIN NENA! I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!!

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