Elsie Jane Jackson, 106, of Paris, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Twin Lakes Rehab & Healthcare. She was a homemaker, a professional housekeeper and had worked for a number …
Elsie Jane Jackson, 106, of Paris, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Twin Lakes Rehab & Healthcare. She was a homemaker, a professional housekeeper and had worked for a number of years with the federal Green Thumb program.
A service celebrating her life is 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, at First Christian Church, with the Rev. Michael C. Dixon officiating. Burial follows in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Templeton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jackson was born Feb. 22, 1915, at the family home in Paris, the daughter of the late David and Gladys Rebecca Evans Harper. She married James Edward Jackson on Oct.19, 1937, in Rockville, Indiana. He preceded her in death July 24, 1989.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy (Donald) McGee of Paris; 11 grandchildren, Donna (Andrea) Johnson of Paris, Michael McGee of Winfield, Andrea Denise (Luther) Harris of Dallas, Texas, Allen (Bambi) Jackson of Hinsdale, Mary Randall of Indianapolis, Ind., Carol Jackson of St. Louis, Mo., Martha Jackson of Chicago, Andrew Jackson of Gary, Ind., Shelia Buchanan of Savoy, Karen Roberson of Savoy and Gina (Alexis) Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.; 16 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, David and Edwin Jackson; a sister, Daisy Harper; and a grandson, Steven Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson’s life was marked by service to her family, her church and her community. She was a member of the former Second Baptist Church of Paris where she served as pianist for many years. She later joined First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she served in countless capacities, including elder, deaconess and in Christian Women’s Fellowship. She was active in numerous civic organizations throughout her life as a board member or volunteer. Some of these included the former Phyllis Wheatley Club, the boards of directors of the Community Nurse Association, the Community Concert Association and the Sutton Senior Center, as well as being active in the International Thanksgiving Fellowship. She was an energetic fundraiser for many organizations and was instrumental in raising donations for the building of the Paris YMCA.
In her spare time, Mrs. Jackson enjoyed music and needle work. She especially loved spending time with children, especially her grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church of Paris.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.