Jackson, Mary J

November 29, 1919 - September 28, 2014

Mary Jayne Jackson died peacefully following an illness on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:09 in the afternoon. She was born November 29, 1919 on the family farm in Wilson county Texas. She was the fifth child of Mary and Wade Spears. She had two brothers and three sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. While in her teens, Mary Jayne moved to San Antonio to live with two of her older sisters and it was there that she completed High School. She ultimately went to work for the United States Army Air Corp at the beginning of World War II. She worked as a Civilian employee and ultimately transferred with her unit to Hickam Field Hawaii, where she remained for the duration of the war. Not long after the Japanese surrender, she returned to San Antonio where she met and married the love of her life, William Joseph Jackson. Together they raised four sons, Bobby, Bill, Charlie and Lance. Mary Jayne had a profound and positive influence on the family throughout her life.  Her sons credit her for instilling character and self-reliance to all of them at a very young age. She was always there to help, support and love her family. Regardless of the circumstances, she was always on your side.


The family moved to Houston in the 1960’s as her husband Bill was an engineer supporting NASA in the early days of the space program. In addition to selling real estate in the Clear Lake area, Mary Jayne was active in many organizations including bridge clubs, garden clubs, scouting and many others.  Eleven years ago she moved to Kingwood Texas to be closer to her sons. She was very active in local bridge clubs and traveling until age finally slowed her down.


She leaves behind four sons, fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews as well as countless friends in the Houston area. Mary Jayne lived a grand life. She lived through the great depression, world war II, saw the first man walk on the moon as a member of the NASA family and witnessed her boys grow to be men and raise their own families. She was 94 years old when she passed on to be with our Lord.  


 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Martha’s Catholic Church, directed to the “Young at Heart” senior group or charity of your choice.

Service Information

Visitation: A visitation was held on 2014-10-01 at Darst Funeral Home.

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