Jacqueline Jackson, 86, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville, New Jersey.
Ms. Jackson was born January 23, 1931 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada the daughter of Saul and Lucy (Rosin) Olyan. She was a longtime resident of Hillsborough, NJ before moving to Spring Hills Somerset in 2017.
Jacquie loved working with children, first teaching poetry to gifted children and later as a teacher’s aide for children with learning disabilities at Center School. For many years she worked as a screener at the Somerset County emergency psychiatric service, continuing part time until the age of 85. In her younger days, she was captain of her high school volleyball team and a talented student who won a nation-wide competition for a scholarship to the University of Toronto, where she studied psychology and graduated in 1952. After graduation she married Kenneth Arthur Jackson and moved to Massachusetts, then to New Jersey in 1963. She enjoyed gourmet cooking, collected folk art and antiques at local craft fairs, was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Saul and Lucille Olyan; her stepfather, Israel Goldenberg; her brother, Sidney and her sister, Shirley.
She is survived by her daughters, Stacy Jackson Pendell and her husband Ken and Meredith Jackson Voboril and her husband Jan; her son, Stuart Jackson; her grandchildren, Velthur, Lirit, Mercedes and Trevor; nephews Saul, Jeffrey, and Terry Olyan; nieces Nancy and Robin; cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 4th at 11:00 A.M. at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Somerset.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ms. Jacqueline Jackson’s name to a charity of your choice that supports the poor, especially women and children, or veterans.