Shirley N. Jackson

January 30, 1923 ‒ February 03, 2021

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Kearny, New Jersey

Shirley N. JACKSON, Age 98 of Delaware, Ohio passed away at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware in the company of her family Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

She was born on January 30, 1923, in Kearny, New Jersey to the late Lester J. and Edith (Turnbull) Newill.

She is survived by son Todd J. (Jyl Harrington) Jackson, daughter Lauren J. (Kent) Eastham, granddaughters Eryn Jackson (Keith Hamilton), Rachel Jackson-Roth (Andrew Roth), grandsons Graham Eastham (Erin Meyer) and Cooper Eastham (Elise Conklin), great-grandchildren Bryn and William Hamilton, and brother Lester T. (Vivian) Newill.

Shirley was also preceded in death by her husband of 66 years James R. Jackson in 2017 and brother Richard Newill.

Mrs. Jackson graduated from Kearny High School, Kearny, New Jersey and was employed 22 years by the Prudential Insurance Company of America as a life underwriter and pension administrator. She then served as Vice President of Total Conference Planning, Inc. and J.R.J. Associates, Inc.

A former Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, she was a Sunday School teacher as well as a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Maplewood and Bordentown, New Jersey. She was past president of the Residents Advisory Council of Willow Brook Christian Village and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio. She was also a volunteer for many years with the American Red Cross and a member of the Irving Club.

The family would like to thank the incredible and loving staff of the Centrum at Willow Brook Christian Village for their dedicated care for Shirley, especially during this difficult pandemic period.  We would also like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Services will be observed privately by her family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Willow Brook Employee Christmas Fund, 100 Willow Brook Way S., Delaware, Ohio 43015; or Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., S. 300, Marion, Ohio 43302; or Delaware First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • I salute you Shirley N Jackson for living such a long and fulfilling life. We’ve never met but I can surmise after perusing your obit and your involvement in Scouts, church, etc., that you were a “people person”. That’s what the world needs more of. I’m sure you touched many lives who now lament your passing.

  • Lauren, Kent, Graham, and Cooper-
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you need anything. Please don’t hesitate to ask. ((Hugs))
    – The DeCaro Family
    Terre, Dan, Bryce, and Jayse

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. I culeaned her and Jim’s appartment fir many years at Willowbrook. I was there when they moved in and we had a special relationship . They were exceptional people . She and Jim gave me good advice to many times. Even after I quit in 2010 my husband Chuck and I would make monthly visits to see them and others at Willowbrook. I loved the body powder she used and she bought me some. I cared for her so much. She will be sadly missed and thought of as her husband Jim is . Thinking of all the Family. R I P Shirley your with your love of your life,Jim now. Cindy Moore & Chuck

  • Aunt Shirley lived a full and happy life, brightening the lives of those she knew and loved. Her love of family shone through everything she did and included her extended family. She learned the art of listening from her mother — my grandmother — a gift I try to emulate in my own life. Growing up, she and Uncle Jim offered a steady and welcoming presence to my siblings and me. As children, we loved going to play with our cousins Todd and Lauren and enjoyed the frequent family get-togethers that Aunt Shirley and Uncle Jim continued to host late in life. I miss the Fourth of July parties and too many holiday gatherings to count but cherish the memories. Paul and I are grateful that our children had the privilege of getting to know Aunt Shirley and Uncle Jim. We will always remember the times we spent together. Our family sends condolences to Todd and Lauren and their families and to my Dad, who mourns the loss of his big sister. We are comforted by the fact that Aunt Shirley is in a better place and was ready to be reunited with her loved ones in heavenly peace. Her memory will live on in our hearts.
    Nancy, Paul and Family

  • Dear Family,
    Shirley was a lovely person in all ways. I was in Washington Irving Club with her for years and a Wiillow Brook fellow resident for the last four years. I share your sorrow and trust that the memories you hold in your hearts will bring you comfort and peace.
    Jann and (Pet Bantam hen-Fleur – whom Shirley laughed about with me.)

  • As Shirley’s “little brother” Lester, along with my wife, Vivian, this is the way we will remember Shirley: by her love for family, great wisdom, good judgment, helpfulness, finesse, being well read, and following Christ’s instructions to “love thy Neighbor”.
    We are so thankful that those who love Shirley tried their best to help her through this past year of Pandemic. Thank you, Todd, Lauren, and all the family, friends, employees of Willow Brook, Medical and Hospice workers for making a terrible time of isolation as bearable as possible for her.
    Now we are looking forward to the time when we will all be together again with the Lord.

  • My sympathies go out to Shirley’s family. She and Jim were outstanding volunteers at the Red Cross for many years. One of Shirley’s positions was at the front desk, greeting visitors and answering the phones. There was no better person for the job than Shirley. She shared her smile with everyone.

  • Lauren, Todd and families,
    Our condolences go out to you all. Your mom was like my second my when we lived in Maplewood growing up. She and your dad were such wonderful amazing people. Always involved in community and family. Always welcoming, caring and loving. She never changed as I watched this beautiful video. It brought back lots of the best memories of growing up on Hoffman Street.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs. You were blest to have your mom near you for so many years.
    Lois, Joe and family

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