Grace Jackson, age 91, of Janesville, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Cedar Crest.
She was born on Nov. 6, 1925, on the family farm in Scribner, NE, and grew up in nearby West Point, NE. She was the daughter of Henry J. and Kathryn M. (Tharp) Peters. She married Charles W. Jackson on Jan. 26, 1945, in Lincoln, NE, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1994.
Grace attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and UW Rock County in Janesville.
For many years, Grace was a part-time secretary for the District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church. She also was an active volunteer in the PTA; the Girl Scouts as a leader, trainer, and speaker; the YWCA on the Alternative Helpline and as a speaker; the Janesville Literacy Council as a tutor; on most committees at Cargill United Methodist Church; and with numerous community groups.
Special personal activities included working crossword puzzles, playing bridge, reading, sewing, knitting, and needlepoint. She kept a regular schedule of walking, biking, and swimming. Grace was a dedicated letter writer, and across the years she enjoyed an extensive correspondence with family and friends. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
She especially enjoyed marveling at the beauty of nature, with a particular fondness for butterflies.
Grace will be remembered for her conscientiousness and concern for others and admired for her intelligence and sense of humor. She was an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know her.
Grace is survived by her son, Blair (Catherine) Jackson of Taos, NM; siblings, Ruth Cusack of Olympia, WA, Jean Moore of Berkley, CA, and Robert Peters of Walton, KY; other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Priscilla; and brother, Cmdr. Charles Peters, USN.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at CARGILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with Rev. Susan Lockman officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ECHO or United Methodist Women. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.
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