Mrs. Idella Elizabeth Gadsden Jackson, born June 23, 1921 in Allendale, South Carolina to parents Mary Magdalene Gadsden and Norman Gadsden (both deceased). Mrs. Jackson was also preceded in death by her loving and caring husband of 55 years, Mr. Robert Lee Jackson. As well as, brothers, Gilbert Gadsden and Tom P. Gadsden.
Mrs. Jackson was a life-long and faithful member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees and sang in the choir. Because of her long tenure there, she was graciously known by her church family as “The Mother of the Church”, Amen.
Mrs. Jackson was also known throughout her community, for helping others. Many honors and awards for her community service was bestowed upon her being recognized for her efforts by various Community Coordinators including several (former) Mayors of Jacksonville, FL.
Mrs. Jackson was a driving force in the planning and development of the Longbranch Senior Community Center, which exists in her neighborhood. After numerous years as an attendee of Longbranch, she became a volunteer, faithfully serving other seniors well into her eighties.
Mrs. Jackson was also a guiding force in the lives of those who loved and cared for her; all knew her as a bright, optimistic and fun loving person who loved to fish, travel, socialize and entertain. Although Idella or “Della,” to many who loved her, just missed bringing in her 100th year, she epitomizes the saying “It is not just the years you have in your life, but rather, the LIFE you have in your years.”
Mrs. Jackson leaves behind many family members and friends who loved her dearly including, her daughter, Mrs. Myra Hart (Marion), her, sister-in-law, Mrs. Theodoshia Gadsden (Gilbert-deceased), a team of nieces, Mrs. Tuwana Golden ( Lawrence), Mrs. Antoinette Gadsden Renaud (Mark), Ms. Terry Gadsden and Ms. Sherria Gadsden as well as many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends with loving memories to be cherished.