Ruby Jackson

Ruby Jackson remembered as pillar of community.

JASPER — Family, friends and community members remember the impact Ruby Mamie Lang Jackson had on them.

Her daughters call her a virtuous woman and a pillar of the community.

Jackson passed away on April 5.

She was an educator in Hamilton County for 32 years. She was the first Headstart teacher in the county.

“We called her a virtuous woman because she was that all her life,” Marilyn Jackson, the youngest daughter said. “She trained us up in the way we should go. My parents were truly remarkable and I thank God for them. And we will always have and cherish those memories forever.”

She was married to Abraham Jackson for 47 years.

Jackson also volunteered her time at the Hamilton County Hospital as a pink lady, volunteering thousands of hours. She received a certificate of appreciation from former Florida Governor Bob Graham in 1984 for her volunteering.

She served as a chaplain for the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

“My mother was one of the most loving and giving person that we know,” Jacqueline Houston said. “That we've ever known. She had enough love for all of her family and all of the students and lives that she touched. She had enough love to share and we didn’t mind sharing it.”

Jackson also donated her time to the Greater Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

She served as a Sunday school teacher, a ward leader, a member of the missionary society, senior choir member and church clerk.

“She was an icon in our community,” Reverend Billy Simon said. “She was an outstanding person and had an attitude so people loved to be around her.”

Jackson is also missed by her friend of more than 50 years, Mary Nell Bryant.

“She was a very loving and giving person,” Bryant said. “She was a wonderful person.”

Jackson is survived by her children Minnie (Norman) Cromartie, Jacqueline (Joe) Houston, Dr. Ralph (Annette) Jackson and Marilyn (Danny) Jackson-Newsome. She is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police. ​

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