I was not close to my Aunt Mary Jo but my mother spent many of her younger years at her home playing with nieces and nephews that were her own age or older. As I really begin to sort out this blog now that I am six months in, it is fitting to add Mary Jo today as it would have been her 85th birthday and today is my 33rd. Happy Birthday, Aunt Mary Jo.
Her Obituary as posted in the Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, VA:
Mary Jo Jackson, 76, of Dayton passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg after an extended illness. Mrs. Jackson was born July 13, 1931, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Hensel and Angie Landis Baker.
Mary Jo attended Rockingham County Schools and was a member of Mabel Memorial Chapel. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and most importantly she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On June 17, 1952, she married James M. Jackson, who survives. She is also survived by two sons, Rick M. Jackson and wife, Patricia of Harrisonburg and Donnie R. Jackson and wife, Mary Elizabeth of Dayton; one daughter, Vickie J. Bodkin and husband, Gary of Harrisonburg; five grandchildren, Kimberli D. Jackson, Shannon T. Bodkin, Christopher T. Bodkin, Sarah E. Jackson and Katie R. Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Steven A. Bodkin and Spencer A. Bodkin and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg with Pastor David R. Miller officiating.
The family will receive friends this evening (Tuesday) from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.