Vivian Jackson, 88, of Pleasant Hill, passed away January 2, 2019 at her home.
Vivian was born August 6, 1930 in Jones County, the youngest of six children to Clarence and Ada (Streeper) First. She graduated from high school and attended nurses training at the University of Iowa which she suspended to marry Herb Jackson in 1950. The couple farmed near Kellerton until 1987 where they raised their "best crop", six children. They then moved north of Tingley and, late in life, both obtained their 2-year Associates Degrees at Southwestern Community College in Creston where they were straight A students. In 1995, they moved to Pleasant Hill. Vivian worked as a secretary at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement in Des Moines for many years until she retired. Vivian enjoyed her home, tweaking the décor, visits from her children and their families. She could be tough and no-nonsense, but also very loyal and loving. Herb benefited from her early nurses training and fierce devotion during times of accident and illness. They were both tested when their daughter, Shirley, passed away from cancer in 2005. Their love carried them through the trials and triumphs of life, providing examples to their children of what real love looks like.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Helen Bahnsen, Florence Luke, Mabel Anderson, Millard First, and Donald First; daughter Shirley Rae Jackson on July 27, 2005; and her husband Herb on January 11, 2013.
Those left to cherish her memory include children Nancy Brechler & husband Rick of Le Mars, IA, Dan Jackson & wife Hope of Kellerton, IA, Doug Jackson & wife Candi of Winterset, IA, LuAnn Jackson of Mount Ayr, IA, and Julie Sonksen & husband Andrew of Ft. Dodge, IA; 11 grandchildren Michael (Jessica) Brechler, Sam Sonksen, Stan (Katie) Stout, Matt (Casey) Stout, Jennifer (Tim) Creveling, Sara (Jesse) Anthony, Kim Brechler, Amelia Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Abbie (Joseph) Williams, Sara (Adam) Shaull; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 7 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with burial to follow in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton, IA. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.
Services: 1:00 p.m. – Monday, January 7, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sun, Jan. 6
Family Present: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Sun, Jan. 6, all at Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Maple Row Cemetery - Kellerton
Memorial: In her name to be determined later