Graveside Service Friday, April 6th, 2018 - 03:00 PM - Rose Hill Burial Park 6001 Northwest Grand Blvd - Oklahoma City, OK - 73118 Frances Mae Jackson, born April 23, 1919 died on April 2, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband George H. Jackson Sr. and her youngest son, Phillip L. Jackson. Also preceding her in death were her parents Iva H. Kern and Frank J. Kern Sr. and her sisters Genevieve and Cristelle. She is survived by her brother Frank J. Kern Jr., PhD. She is also survived by two sons and their families: son George H. Jackson, Jr. DVM, his wife Leslie Jackson DVM and grandsons Cole and Phillip. In addition her son R. Kern Jackson, M.D. and his wife Diana and their children Matthew Jackson, Rebecca Jackson, Kern Jackson Jr. and Lauri Sproule with husband Dan and their children Anna, Aaron, Ellen, Isaac, Adalyn, and Emmett. She was an accomplished pianist, piano teacher, Church Choir director and music educator. She later earned a second master’s degree in psychometric testing and was employed by Oklahoma City Public Schools. She loved to travel and was able to tour a number of continents and countries of the world. She was always fascinated with the sights, sounds and culture of the many places where she travelled. Our Mother Born April 23, 1919 Died April 2, 2018 We are gathered here today to commemorate the life of our mother, Frances Mae Jackson, a woman of remarkable talent, abilities and interests. She was an accomplished pianist, a patient piano teacher, dedicated church Choir director. In mid-life she entered the academic field of education, working in testing and education as Director of Testing and Placement for the Oklahoma City School Board. Last but certainly not least she was an enthusiastic traveler of the world . For George, Phillip and I she was Mother or Mom, disciplined, hard working, frugal. She had an inquiring mind and was a life-long learner who, by and through her example, encouraged each of us to do our best. I don’t recall her every telling any of the three of us that we needed to do better in our studies, it was just expected that we do our best. Her encouragement and support yielded one physician, one Veterinarian and a Rhodes Scholar/lawyer. Our Mom and Dad were both very proud of our achievements. Her example was ever before us. She expected that we do our best and she demanded that of herself. As children, we three boys ran fairly wild, terrorizing the neighborhood with the usual little boy antics. Building forts, occasionally burning down the vacant lot next to our home, rock throwing fights with some significant injuries were common activities. Mother kept us on a fairly loose leash. She was quite dubious regarding my explanation of how the vacant lot burned down and some years later George had an equally interesting explanation when he took his turn at arson. Phillip had higher ambitions, almost burning down the garage! Mom had an insatiable curiosity about the world. She and Dad toured much of the United States and many parts of the world.. She kept highly detailed notes and produced “Travelog scrapbooks” documenting in minute detail, every meal and museum that they toured. She loved to tell others about their travels along with showing the many photos that she and Dad had taken. She was a remarkable person and she left an indelible mark on us, her three sons. She showed her inner strength in the tragedy of the premature death of our brother Phillip. Mother’s strength was amazing. I am sad that she is gone from her earthly home but I do not weep because she has a heavenly home. There will be no more pain, she will have a body free of pain and she will be in the presence of the Lord forever. George and I, along with our families, treasure your presence here today to honor this remarkable woman, our mother, mother-in-law and Grandmother and friend to many. Kern Jackson and George Jackson, Jr. and their families.
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