Lora Roberta Jackson

Lora Roberta Jackson

Lora Roberta Jackson

1912 - 2007

Roberta Jackson died on May 4, 2007 at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore., at age 95, following a stroke.

She was born on January 16, 1912 in Eagle Rock, Calif., the daughter of Robert Parnell of Jamesport, Miss. and Dora Brady of Eureka Springs, Ark. Raised with her older brother, Charles Stewart ("Charley") Parnell, she graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1928. She was a good student and a quick learner; her ambition was to be a language or history teacher. But there was no money for college -- after two years of junior college, she went to business school, then entered the working world.

Roberta met Earl Jackson on a blind date in 1932 and they clicked immediately. Roberta liked him because he was quiet, soft spoken, rather shy, loved music and had ambition. Earl liked her because they had the same interests and shared the same values. They were married February 11, 1934 at the First Christian Church in Highland Park, Calif.

While raising a family, Roberta was active in the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross and the Women's Club. Through World War II when Earl was stationed in Panama in the Navy Civil Engineering Corps, Roberta worked for the minister of the First Christian Church, then took a job at Lockheed Aircraft. As members of the High Street Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif., the family enjoyed the fellowship, social groups, and family camping activities they found there. Roberta became active in the community, joining the League of Women Voters and becoming the chapter's first president. In 1959, the family hosted an exchange student from Sweden, Tage Klingberg, for a year, beginning a close relationship that lasted a lifetime. Earl and Roberta entertained frequently, traveled and enjoyed golf and bridge. Roberta was president of the ladies' golf group in Oakmont, Santa Rosa. In 1988 they moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore., where Roberta and Earl enjoyed six and a half years together, playing golf and bridge, traveling and socializing with friends. Earl passed away on April 20, 1995.

Roberta's deepest values were love for her husband and family, moral honesty and integrity, and religious faith. She always sought to be generous with herself and to offer help to those less fortunate. She was committed to church and community. Roberta's has been a wonderful life, full of family, friends, travel, sports, civic activities, reading, knitting and fun!

Roberta is survived by her four children, Bob Jackson of Lafayette, Calif., Judy Wallace of Clovis, Calif., Jennifer Jackson of Oakland, Calif., and Paula Jackson of Novato, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Cynthia Jackson, Bob Jackson, Jr., Chris Wellington, Rick Wallace, John Wallace, Cooper Wallace, Rachel Gilbert, Carrie Doring, Evan Gordon; and seventeen great-grandchildren, Kacie, Corey and Tyler Wellington, Dane, Sean and Jenna Wallace, Cal and Brooke Wallace, Jessi, Randi, Wade, Brad and Chad Wallace, Kaela, Ryan and Jake Gilbert and Quinn Doring.

She was cremated at Perl Funeral Home and her ashes rest with Earl's at Mt. View Cemetery in San Bernardino, Calif.

A celebration of Roberta's life will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sunset Room at Rogue Valley Manor.

Donations in her name may be offered to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation or First Presbyterian Church, Medford.

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