Vera Jackson

Date: March 22nd, 2020

On March 22, Vera went Home after 93 years of serving her family, her God and her community.

Active is an understatement as we strive to describe her life. As a child, she loved to be outside working with her dad.  Music from a young age was a huge part of her life. After attending high school in Ferintosh, she graduated from Olds College in 1947. There was a lot of cherished memories from Olds College which were relived for 70 years when she attended reunions. Singers Sewing in Edmonton was her first job. She returned to the farm when she married Gordon Nielsen.  After his death, Darry and her stayed on the farm. Vera started a barbershop to supplement their income.  She married Frank Jackson and moved to town. They ran the local ‘Red & White’ store for 35 years. After retirement they took the time to enjoy some travelling. Family was always a priority. Her limited eyesight was the only thing that put a damper on her commitment to the church and to Ferintosh.

She is survived by her great grand children – Lilja & Finn, Brook & Blake, Berkley & Carson
Grandchildren - Daniel (Jamie) & Charlotte, Brianna (Trevor) & Melissa (Eric)
Children – Darry (Betty), Louise (Reg) and Ramona (Richard)
Sister – Renie

In lieu of flowers and donations to honour the life of Vera  ‘Mrs. Ferintosh’  Jackson
We, the family, request that you…
Be kind to someone
Think of others
Take them a meal
Say a prayer for them
Give them a flower from your garden
And Continue to Pay it Forward!

Celebration of Life As planned by Vera Jackson

Isaiah 40:30-31 New International Version (NIV)
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

“Ring the Bells of Heaven” Edberg Mennonite Choir

"TREES"

Ephesians 2:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
Made Alive in Christ
2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

"Amazing Grace"

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 New International Version (NIV)
Final Instructions
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

“IN THE BULB”

A TRIBUTE TO VERA JACKSON by Darry Nielson

Vera was special. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for us. She never forgot a birthday an anniversary or a holiday. She was a good listener and had a way of making your day better with a smile or a laugh. Vera spent her early years on the Krinke farm southwest of Ferintosh. She loved to be outside helping her Dad with anything and everything on the farm. She used to talk about running through the stubble barefoot. Her Mom had trouble getting her in the house to help with housework. When she was older, she stayed with her grandma to attend high school. After high school she attended Olds College to which she stayed connected for 70 years.

She married Gordon Nielsen and returned to the Nielsen farm. Darry was born in 1949. After Gordon passed away Vera cut hair and wrote news for the Camrose Canadian to supplement our income. Five years later Vera married Frank Jackson and a new household was started in Ferintosh and Darry soon had two sisters Louise and Ramona.

Vera loved Ferintosh and probably holds the record for belonging to community groups. Mom at one time belonged to 14 or more committees and organizations. The two organizations to which she devoted the most time were the Church and the Community Club. At one time or another she belonged to every committee in the church was a Sunday School Teacher and CGIT leader. How many lives did she impact? The two big events in Community Club were the Cancer Tea and Flower Show. She worked at both for over 50 years. She also would cut hair for seniors, visit the ill and infirm and deliver roses from her garden to anyone who needed cheering up. We often wondered where she got her energy.

After retiring she and Dad really enjoyed traveling. All the places she found interesting but talked a lot about Hawaii and the trip to Australia where she met her pen pal of 50 years. Her life was full. After Dad passed away, she did as she always did, carried on. The next highlight in her life was having the Emeralds play for her 80th birthday celebration. She couldn’t get the grin off her face!

As Mom grew older her sight left her because of macular degeneration and she lost her driver’s license at age 86. Thanks to community members and especially Louise Mom continued to stay in her home until age 92. Louise took her for groceries appointments and Tai Chi. Ramona came down to make meals with Louise and visited when she could. I was the outside guy mowing and shoveling snow. Vera never complained about her loss of sight even though it curtailed all her activities.

In the fall of 2018 Mom suffered a brain bleed which brought on the rapid onset of dementia. She soon needed 24/7 care which fell to Louise and Ramona with help from Lori Bond and Terry Podmore. This went on for 4 months. While she still had all her faculties she agreed to go to Bashaw Meadows. Her mental health continued to decline but every once in a while the old laugh or smile or coherent sentence would appear reminding us of what she had been. She passed away quietly in Ponoka hospital true to her nature; not making any fuss.

The following are some memories from Vera’s grandchildren:

Melissa- Nana always put others before herself, Pies on the counter always for someone else except an apple for Melissa’s Dad, Always cooking for others, Nana would make a meal for Melissa and eat leftovers, Getting ready for the vegetable show and Nana digging all over to find an odd shaped carrot or potato for Melissa’s display, Nana would French braid Melissa’s hair, Playing Yahtzee, Watching Nana watch her kids.

Brianna- Camping with Nana and Papa in the motorhome, Helping her in the garden, Christmas craft night at the HI-U center, Always finding expired salad dressing in her fridge, January 1 sourdough pancakes, Playing Yahtzee, Nana asking Brianna to read a recipe when she couldn’t see and when Brianna read an ingredient wrong Nana corrected her; she had it memorized, Nana peed on socks and hung them on trees to keep away the deer, Exercising by walking and arm stretching in the hallway, Nana’s crooked finger which Brianna thought she got from scraping the last drop from bowls pots and eggshells, Excel gum in a drawer, A shot of prune juice before bed, Nana loved burnt carrots and burnt hot dogs, Even with poor eyesight she could beat you at beanbags.

Charlotte- When I was little Grandma took me shopping each year for my birthday which was a double treat shopping with Grandma and a present at the end.

Daniel- Grandma thought that the 40-year-old virgin would be a good comedy to see. It turned out to be quite raunchy so when Daniel asked her if she liked it she smiled slightly paused and softly said No!, Welcome visits when Daniel taught in Manning , Unbeatable Nanaimo Bars, Grandma always wanting the family around, Incredible generosity on family vacations, When he was young searching Grandma’s pockets for treats

Louise- remembers when the bank was being robbed Mom locked the door and got the gun.

Ramona- remembers when Mom had to take her to the doctor in Edmonton and whenever Mom went to feed the meter the doctor would come. At the same time, she would read Ramona the Pest out loud and laugh so hard she could hardly read. When Mom was on the phone they knew just how far the phone cord would reach so she couldn’t swat them with the yardstick.

Darry- Many memories of Mom have flooded back but time and enough paper prevent me from writing down all of them. Mom instilled in all of us a love of music. She played the accordion. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang at many occasions happy and sad. I liked to sing with her. She always sang harmony. She had a large music collection and loved to dance. Music was always a huge part of her life and gave her a lot of comfort. The most important thing I can say is that she was always there for me not judging but always helping. I hope that I can do half as much for my family and my grandchildren.

Mom had special relationships with Richie Reg and Betty. Richie loved to tease, and Mom gave it right back. He was always there to help Ramona if Mom needed something. Reg was Mr. Fix It, whenever a repair was needed Reg always dropped what he was doing and came to help. Mom always enjoyed visiting with Reg. Betty would always invite Mom in for tea or have her stay for a meal and hosted many of Mom’s birthdays. Mom always appreciated what Richie Reg and Betty did for her.

I Louise Ramona and our families will miss her, but we need to remember what a great life she had and how she filled it with all the things that give life meaning. None of us wish her back the way she was, and we all carry her legacy the most important of which is LOVE!

"GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS"

A Message by Rev. Robin King

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

“It is Well with my Soul”

“LORD’S PRAYER”

BLESSING:
May the road rise to meet you, the wind be at your back
And the Lord hold you always in the hollow of his Hand

“GO NOW IN PEACE”


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