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Mary I (Friend) Jackson

October 31, 1927 ~ January 8, 2022 (age 94)


Mary I. Jackson, age 94, of St. Paris, OH passed away on January 8, 2022 in Green Hills Community, Bellefontaine OH.

Born on October 31, 1927 in Tipp City, Ohio, Mary was a daughter of the late James Ira and Clara Mae (Schaefer) Friend.  She married Ermal Jackson on December 6, 1947 and he preceded her in death in October 29,  2012.

Mary is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law:  Ray and Candy Jackson, Ron and Becky Jackson, all of St. Paris, OH, and Randy and Cindy Jackson of DeGraff, OH.

She was a loving grandmother to six grandchildren:  Brent (Shelley) Jackson of St. Paris, Kristin (West) Powell, St. Paris, Ted (Keith) Jackson of Chicago, IL, Paul (Beverly) Jackson of St. Paris, Tyler (Kari) Jackson of Springfield, and Nathan (Matt) Jackson of New Carlisle; and eight great grandchildren: Kyle, Katie, Ross, Karissa, Jayden, Mackenzie, Floy and Lennon. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by five siblings.

Mary was a 1945 graduate of Bethel High School.  She was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God, Sidney, OH.  She retired as a machine and press operator from Siemen’s in Urbana, OH.  Mary enjoyed baking for her family.  When asked why she baked so much she would reply, “I am baking memories.” 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, St. Paris, OH with Pastor Harry Peterson of the Cornerstone Assembly of God presiding.  Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, N. Heck Hill Road, St. Paris, OH. There will be two hours of visitation prior to the service on Friday in the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 304, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 or to the Cornerstone Assemble of God, 128 Park Street, Sidney, OH 45365.

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January 14, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Atkins-Shively Funeral Home
216 S. Springfield Street
Saint Paris, OH 43072

Funeral Service
January 14, 2022

12:00 PM
Atkins-Shively Funeral Home
216 S. Springfield Street
Saint Paris, OH 43072

Interment following funeral service
January 14, 2022

Spring Grove Cemetery
N. Heck Hill Road
St. Paris, OH 43072


Gideons International
P.O. Box 304, Bellefontaine OH 43311

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