Norma Jean Jackson, 84, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, heard the voice of Jesus say “Come unto me and rest”. She answered by saying “Yes Lord” on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at home surrounded by and in the comfort of her loving family.
Norma was born on October 2, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Pastor George and Josephine Bolds. Preceded in death by her husband, Garfield L. Jackson; daughter, Anita M. Jackson; siblings, David Bolds, George Bolds, Frank Bolds, Richard Bolds, Robert Bolds, Wilbur Bolds, Mary Strickland and Betty Bolds.
Norma was married to Garfield L. Jackson and in this union they had seven children. She was a loving, devoting and caring mother. She was also known as “Mother Dear” and “Memaw”.
Norma was a member of the Shiloh Church of God in Christ located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She worked in the Sunday School Department, sang on the Senior Choir, and worked with the Pastor’s Aide. She sowed the Word of God in her children’s lives and raised them to serve the Lord, just like she did.
Norma was a childcare provider, her love and guidance spanning over 40 years of service. She was entrusted with the development and care of many children throughout the community. She planted the Word of God in their lives and there were times she brought them to church.
Norma had several interests and passions that she loved, including; gardening, interior decorating, hairstyling, seamstress, cooking and going shopping. She was creative in arranging floral settings.
Norma enjoyed doing several activities such as, watching game shows, western movies on television, playing board games, doing crossroads puzzles, word searches and arts/crafts. She also enjoyed watching sports like football, basketball and tennis. Her favorite NFL teams were the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. Norma, especially, enjoyed going to the football games and watching her grandsons play. Her favorite NBA team was the Philadelphia 76ers. Norma enjoyed being outside with nature and watching the cardinal birds. Norma lived to listen to gospel music.
Norma leaves to celebrate her life, her son Pastor Lynn A. Jackson (Amy) of Maryland; her daughters, Venita M. Jackson-Lucas(Robert ll) of Gilbertsville, PA, Roselyn M. Joppy (Spencer, Sr.), Linda A. Jackson, Karen D. Price, Sherita L. Jackson and Ashley Rice (Zin)of Harrisburg, PA; grandchildren, Kendre D. Jackson, Robert Lucas lll, Andre J. Price, Spencer Joppy, Jr., Shamilyn C. Joppy, Shamarr C. Joppy, Ashtyn Rice, Venita Lenice Lucas, Shanaya L. Joppy, Shekia L. Jackson, Missionary Arika N. Price, Ashlynn Mills and Jayah Jackson; great grandchildren, Robert Lucas, lV, Arlo Orosco Price, Brielle N. Moran-Lucas, Kennedy M. Jackson and Rainn M. Lucas. Norma also leaves to celebrate her life three siblings of Dayton, Ohio, brother, Nehemiah Bolds; sisters, Shirley Whitmore and Lillie Shoecraft, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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