July 29, 2010

(1/15/1916 – 7/20/2010)

Vada Irene Jackson, 94 of Lancaster, Missouri passed away at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri on July 20, 2010. The daughter of Thomas Henry and Elma Frances (March) Briggs, she was born on January 15, 1916 in rural Bible Grove, Missouri. On August 12, 1936, she was united in marriage to Willie Marvin Jackson and to this union one son was born. Survivors include her son, Billie Dean Jackson of Lancaster, Missouri; three grandchildren, Matthew Jackson and wife, Jennifer of Downing, Missouri, Jeffrey Jackson of Lancaster, Missouri and Dana Jackson of Lancaster, Missouri; 4 great grandchildren whom she adored, Allyssia, Jayden, Jace and Ada Beth Jackson of Downing, Missouri; nieces and nephews and other family members. Vada is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in March 12, 1996; five brothers and one sister. Vada graduated valedictorian of Bible Grove High School in Bible Grove, Missouri. She and Willie farmed for a total of 60 years at three different locations. She was also a very devoted housewife. She was a member of the Community Christian Church of Downing, Missouri where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. She also taught two years at a rural school near Macon, Missouri before she and Willie were married. Vada treasured the time she was able to spend with her family especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, July 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Walter Burnett, pastor of the Community Christian Church of Downing, Missouri officiating. Special CD musical selections of “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Angels Among Us” were played. Pallbearers were Paul Briggs, Tony Briggs, Ronald Jackson, Kade Jackson, Randall Ayer and Stanley Martin. Memorials have been established for the Coffey Cemetery, south of Downing, Missouri. Burial was in the Coffey Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster and Downing.

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