Loretta Mae Jackson, age 86, of Quincy, died Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 6:10 am in Blessing Hospital.
She was born June 15, 1935 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Francis "Frank" Jones and Alice Perkins Jones. She married Monzel Jackson on April 13, 1952 at Bethel A.M.E. Church. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2019.
Loretta's first job was with Motorola where she worked the assembly line wiring televisions and radios. In order to work there you were required to pass a test and, though she'd never worked before, she passed the test no problem and was hired on the spot. She remained with Motorola for over 8 years until the plant closed. Later, she joined the staff at Adams School as a cook in the cafeteria. By all accounts, she transformed the kitchen, bringing in her home recipes and adapting them in order to feed and nourish the students, faculty, and staff. She was also an avid bowler and dart player earning tournament trophies throughout her life.
A long-time member of Bethel A.M.E Church, Loretta was a woman of deep, abiding faith. She was strong, independent, and loved her family dearly. She was a powerful storyteller with a great sense of humor and was constantly laughing and joyful. Loretta poured love into everything she did. You could see that love in her smile as she opened the door to greet you, hear it in her voice on the other end of the phone, feel it in her care as she reached out to help you, and taste it in her food whenever she made a plate for you. Loretta, we sure enjoyed you.
Survivors include three children, Monzel (Natalie) Jackson, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Peggy (Fred) Scott of Manhattan, KS, and Wesley (Charlyne) Jackson of Blue Springs, MO; six grandchildren, Geoffrey (Aaron) Scott, Shannon Scott, Kevin (Courtney) Scott, Austin Jackson, Carol Jackson, and Jonathan Jackson; seven great-grandchildren; her beloved sister and best friend, Yvonne Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to the love of her life, her husband, Monzel, Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, two children, Jeffrey and Vontress Jackson, and a great-granddaughter, Saraya.
Visitation: 10:00 to 11:00 am on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Please wear a mask if you plan to attend the visitation.
Loretta's family encourages you to wear something blue if you attend the visitation or service to honor Loretta's favorite color.
Services: 11:00 am on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Carl Terry, III officiating. Please wear a mask if you plan to attend the service.
The service for Loretta Jackson will be streamed live at 11:00 am Central Time on Friday, January, 14, 2022, and can be viewing using this link https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/4866573544
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Memorial donations may be made to Bethel A.M.E. Church or the Quincy Public Schools Foundation. Memorial Donations may be made online at https://memorials.hansenspear.com
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
"You welcomed me into this family and taught me so much. You were a wonderful mother to your children and a fantastic grandmother to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will always love and miss you. Heaven is a whole other brighter with your beautiful smile. "
"My mom and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Yvonne and all of Loretta's family.
Tim Sheely & Pat Sheely"
"I am sad that a wonderful woman I considered another mom has passed on to glory. I'm praying for the families. I've have such wonderful memories from my visits and spending weekend with my sister Peggy and her family. They welcome me from the first time I met them."
"Momma. I love you. I will see you again. I have no other words"
"What a wonderful lady. She worked with my sister over at Adams School in the cafeteria for several years. And my father always considered her as his fifth daughter. Rest in peace."
"Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to the family for your loss of such a beautiful lady inside and out!?
Lisa Young Cobb"
"My mom my best friend my confidant my Gemini twin loving you forever. Until we meet again. Your daughter Peggy Jackson-Scott"
"What I will remember most about my Aunt Loretta is her smile. She had a contagious smile and laugh that would light up the rooms. I know her and Uncle Monzel have reunited and watch over us. Please know you will be missed Aunt Loretta and forever loved. Until we meet again...Rest in Peace ??"