Mary jackson Obituary, Death – Mary Jackson, who was 90 years old, passed away at Midland King’s Daughters Home on April 17, 2022 due to causes related to natural causes. Mary was born in Hillsdale, Michigan, on May 23, 1931. She spent her childhood in Reading, Mt. Pleasant, and Bay City, and she graduated as the Valedictorian from Bay City Central High School. Mary’s birthplace is listed as Hillsdale, Michigan.
Mary used to enjoy spending her childhood summers at the cabin her family owned on the Ausable River. There, she would go canoeing, swimming, and fly fishing with her family and friends. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State College, where she also met her future husband Larry. They had both been cast in a production of “Green Grow the Lilacs” staged on campus.
Mary valued the friendships she developed through her membership in Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, which she joined while she was a student at Michigan State University.
After getting married in 1953, Mary and Larry moved to Ann Arbor, where she worked as an English teacher while Larry completed his education in dental school. Mary quickly established herself as a respected and active member of the Midland community after moving there in 1958, the same year that Larry opened his dental practice.
Mary and Larry were both Elders at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, where they were both members and active participants. After performing on stage with the Theatre Guild, Mary eventually became the board chair for the organization. After that, she became the chairwoman of the boards of the Midland Center for the Arts and the Family and Children’s Service.
Mary treasured the memories of the summers she spent with her parents, brothers, nieces, and nephews along the Ausable River with her extended family during the times she visited northern Michigan with her husband Larry and their two children. She placed a high value on the close friendships that grew between families in Midland as a result of their children attending the same school.