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GALESBURG – Marietta R. Jackson, 77, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee, died at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19 at Israel of Gods Church in Galesburg. Officiant will be Bishop Ronald C. Henton assisted by Rev. Harold L. Boyd, Pastor of the Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 21 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Marietta Jackson Memorial Fund.
She was born June 22, 1942 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of Lloyd and Frances Taylor. She married James H. Jackson on September 27, 1960 in Cambridge and he preceded her in death on April 17, 2015. Survivors include her two sons, Gregory (Cindy) Jackson of Monmouth, IL and Darnell (Amy) Jackson of La Vista, NE, her daughter, Linda Jackson of Kewanee, siblings; Dewey (Lauran) Taylor of Alabama, Richard (Sandra) Taylor of Texas, Beatrice (Raymond) Peoples and Ella (Harold) Boyd, both of Galesburg and Greg Taylor of Peoria, ten grandchildren; Nicole, Ronnie, Ryan, Christina, Tayler, Raven, Gregory, Anissa, Brittyn and Everleigh and twelve great grandchildren; Lexus, Teya, Datin, Maysen, Delaney, Tamia, Makayla, William, Alexandria, Hezekiah, Jeremiah and Gabriel. She was also preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Wanda Coleman, Paul (Nadine) Taylor, Charles Taylor, Freedonia (Watsy) Ewing and Lloyd (Cindy) Taylor and by her son, James L. Jackson.
Marietta went to high school in Galesburg and graduated from Black Hawk East College with a degree in Nursing. Taking care of people was her passion. She worked at the old Kewanee Hospital assisting in delivering babies for many years. Many local residents remember her being involved in the birth of their children. While working at the hospital she also worked as an EMT on the ambulance. After retiring from the hospital, she worked in several nursing homes in Kewanee, Toulon and Galva. She also did home health care in her spare time. She really enjoyed dogs and birds for pets and even won the Hog Days Pet Talent Contest with her pet pig, Corky. She also enjoyed just walking and watching wildlife with friends. She also sang and played piano in many local weddings and funerals. Her other passion was her faith. She was a faithful member of the Israel of Gods Church in Galesburg where she played the piano and sang for many years. She even wrote a couple of songs they still sing. She had also been a nurse for the Church Kids Summer Camp in Sycamore, IL. And one of her favorite groups of women that she belonged to was the Women’s Red Hat Society out of Kewanee.