Jean E. Jackson

A Celebration of Life for Jean Evelyn Jackson, 91, of Lawrence will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Danforth Chapel on the University of Kansas Campus in Lawrence. A private family burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Jean passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. She was born October 19, 1926, in Tifton, Georgia, the daughter of Artie and Elva Willis. Jean attended Georgia State Woman’s College [now Valdosta State University] in Valdosta, Georgia, until she married Merle L. Jackson on May 5, 1946, in Nashville, Georgia. They moved to Lawrence, Kansas, after Merle was discharged from the army following WWII. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2002. She was a stay-at-home mother of five children until she transitioned into being a librarian for Independence, Inc. after her children were grown. Jean was a voracious reader, crossword puzzle enthusiast, and award-winning poet. Survivors include her children, Diane Palka (married to Gary), Overbrook; Wendy Rose (married to Robert), Lawrence; Merle Jackson, Jr. (Married to Donna), Grove, OK; Dale Jackson, Lawrence; and Tracy Westcott (married to Greg), Lawrence; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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  1. Cris Chaffin on June 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Dale and Tracy,
    I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a very sweet lady and I have fond memories of her. My prayers are with you both.

  2. Mike and Bunny Hennessy on June 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Dear Jackson Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful mother. She was a really genuine person and good friend to so many. She loved God and all that she saw that was of God. For sure, she is with the God she has loved, and is in peace. Our love and prayers, Love, Mike and Bunny Hennessy

  3. Sue Easum on June 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Much love and big hugs sent your way.

  4. Anne Haehl on July 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jean gave the world so much j oy and creativity. I feel blessed to have known her.

  5. Vicki Goff-Miller on July 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Jackson Family,
    We have wonderful memories of you all and your Beautiful Mom. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Your in our prayers and thoughts.
    George Goff Sr
    Vicki Goff-Miller
    George Goff Jr

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