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                                   Sunrise: January 5, 1917    Sunset: December 11, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fairhaven United Methodist Church

12801 Darnestown Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Reverend Esther M. Holimon – Officiant

Reverend Dr. Gerard Green- Eulogist

January 5, 1917, in Montgomery CountyMaryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers, Georgia.

Evelyn Ruth Jackson, was born to the late James and Essie Ricks Brown on January 5, 1917, in Montgomery County, Maryland. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Conyers,Georgia.

Evelyn Ruth was named for her aunt Evelyn Ricks Hallman. She was born in Montgomery County, Maryland but relocated toBuffalo, New York in 2003 to reside with her daughter. She later moved with her daughter to the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity.

Ruth received her education in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her passion was caring for others. Had her educational pursuits been fully realized, Ruth would have excelled as an exceptional medical nurse. She was married to her sweetheart, the late Ellsworth C. Jackson for 61 years. To that union was born three children; the late Calvin Eugene Jackson (Ret. Air Force), Clarinda Jackson Mose (Ret. Educator), and the late Kenneth Lee Jackson (Air Force veteran). She encouraged and was supportive of her loved ones in achieving their highest educational goals.

She was a beloved and active member of the Fairhaven UnitedMethodist Church community. She was a member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (the predecessor of The United Methodist Women). She was a beloved resident for 18 years where she served as the Sunshine Chair of the Tenant Council of The Heritage House in Rockville, MarylandRuth was a past member of the planning committee for the Ricks-Green Family Reunion and was especially instrumental in championing civil causes with a far reaching positive impact (i.e. ensuring the preservation and authenticity of the structure of the Pleasant View Methodist Church, advocating for the upkeep of the surrounding grounds inclusive of the Pleasant View Cemetery and the enhancement of the structure of the historic two-room Quince Orchard School House, which is now a museum frequented by many). Her collective efforts, along with that of other dedicated family and friends, ultimately resulted in the inception of The Pleasant View Historic Site being placed on Maryland’s Historic Preservation Registry. This historic site leaves an invaluable treasure for future generations sojourning to Darnestown, Quince Orchard, and Gaithersburg, Maryland

Ruth’s active years she’d frequently be found providing a helping hand to family or sick neighbors who dubbed her as their “Angel.” Sunday meals were lovingly prepared replete with all the trimmings including her applesauce with cinnamon, piping hot coffee, and a lemon frosted cake, which was always served on her lovely China, anticipating the arrival of her beloved cousin Thompkins Hallman and other family and friends.

If you peeked in the kitchen on any given day you’d probably see Ruth wearing her neat apron baking her delicious Congo Bars from her sister Mabel Prather’s recipe, a sheet cake, or melt-in-your-mouth wonderful chocolate-chip walnut cookies, which she eagerly shared with friends and her broad circle of acquaintances. She brought many recipients great joy.

Ruth was known as a calming force and a true blessing to those she encountered. Often she became an advocate for those friends and family experiencing difficulties. Ruth enthusiastically assisted without hesitation. She was a beautiful, modest, unselfish, compassionate woman who constantly demonstrated love. To meet her was to love her.

Ruth’s knack for making others feel special was her trademark. She’d easily expressed sheer delight and gratitude towards those that visited her, phoned, sent greeting cards, and photos. She treasured that and they’d get tucked into her devotionals, phone books, Bibles, and photo albums. Often you’d see her enjoying them again, reading and commenting on how lovely each one was. When she received a bouquet of flowers from her grandson Eric she’d comment on the beauty of the arrangement and simply beam. When her grandchildren visited she was attentive and observant of each one. You may even hear her giggle and recount a great moment that was humorous. She wanted others to be happy and expressed that sentiment without reservation.

Ruth was an animal and nature lover. Her son Kenneth’s German Shepard was in her care and she labeled him as “Puppy” who was later arthritic and would sometimes sprint out the screen door chasing the neighborhood children who she believed taunted him behind the closed gate. Even Duke was exonerated in her eyes. In Ruth’s eyes even animals deserved kindness and consideration.

She exhibited pride in her work as a dedicated and competent domestic. She lovingly served The Robert Ostrosky Family and Dr. Julius and Mrs. Amsterdam for numerous years. Her work was not only exemplary but her temperament was seasoned with grace. Her prayers were realized in seeing her loved ones thriving, happy, and accomplished. She attested to God’s care and goodness towards all. One of Ruth’s favorite scriptures is I Corinthians 2:9 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. Neither has entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Clarinda Jackson Mose, of Lake Spivey, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Diane Powell, Carlton Jackson, Linda Mose Meadows (Richard), John Mose, Jr., Steven Mose (Zina), Eric Mose (Miranda), Kenneth Lee Jackson, Jr., Michael Jackson (Rachel), and Ryan Jackson (Mary Beth); twenty-one great-grandchildren; Brandon, Zachary, Yolanda, Rachel, Christian, Christina, Tiega, Amber, Michael, Mary, Taylor, Jaycina, Morgan (Jermaine), Geordan, Taylor, Kristina (Eric), Katrina, Malikah, Jibreel, Madison, and Mikayla; numerous great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Bernice Prather (the late Watson) of Rockville, Maryland and Madeline Allen Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland;  sister–in-law Mary Brown; Godson Troy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Zetroe Hilary Brown and James Wallace Brown (Mary); four sisters, Estelle Celeste Summerour, Helen Lucille Lee (the late William), Emma Jackson (the late William), and Frances Edna Payne (the late Portney); and granddaughter Marjorie Martin.

We are so grateful for Granny’s legacy of love and our call to live in abundant appreciation of  it!

Shared with a Transparent Heart,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author of the devotionals:

The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises;

Destined to Receive, Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God



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