Mary Frances Madison Jackson was granted her angel wings on March 7, 2019. Mary was born on in 1948 to Clint and Irene Madison in Dallas, Texas. She was the youngest of six siblings.
Although Mary was the youngest, she always found great pleasure coordinating family events and helping her Mother cook. At a young age she excelled in event planning and creative designs. Her imagination and natural flair for turning ordinary things into extraordinary creations warmed many hearts over the years. From her birth until her death, Mary nourished the people around her. Her welcoming, compassionate, and witty personality drew people to her. She would become instant friends with anyone she met and made genuine connections with people from all walks of life. She was a consummate hostess and was dedicated in her contributions to her family, church, and community.
Education, generosity, and character was always important to Mary and she instilled that in her children. Mary graduated from James Madison High School and was crowned Most Beautiful Girl. She also served on the Journalism Club, English Club, Drama Club, Rifle Team, and ROTC. From there she studied Medical Technology at Texas Southern University. True to form, many of Mom’s achievements could only be found by way of plaques tucked in a closet.
Mary retired from Dallas Independent School District; where she served 27 years as a culinary supervisor. The children often referred to her as “Momma”, because of her mentoring, encouragement and loving heart. She was very passionate about the students eating healthy and being knowledgeable about what they ate. So, it was not unusual to see her dressed as a cow or other characters to get her message across. During her tenure, she was recognized with several Budget and Sanitation Awards, began a free lunch program for underprivileged children, and was acknowledged for Excellence in Food Service by the Senate of Texas.
After retiring from DISD that passion for cooking and decorating was further excelled in the Sunday breakfast ministry at St Mark Missionary Baptist Church with her loving husband and friends Sister Regina and Brother Crowley. Many would point out she was a whiz with a needle and thread; making countless church costumes, center pieces, and formal attire for her family and friends. You could see her various crafts and culinary delights every Sunday morning during Sunday School breakfast and other church events. In addition to serving in the Food Ministry, she also taught Vacation Bible School, Adult and Children Sunday School, and orchestrated a community block party for St Mark.
An important aspect of Mary’s life was family: her beloved husband, Bobby Jackson was her sunshine for 28 years, with whom she enjoyed traveling, exploring and gardening. People would often say,” Where’s Bob and Mary”; oh yeah, they’re probably out fishing or exploring. They enjoyed retirement to the fullest and planned several vacations every year.
Mary went above and beyond to help anyone in need and made deep and enduring friendships that she cherished. It is no surprise that people considered her as a second mother, sister, aunt, and best friend. While we are most saddened by her absence, her heart and soul will carry us through this difficult time. Mary leaves to celebrate her life Bobby Jackson husband and their children, Darmetta Jones-Thrower (Cecil), Antonia, Ralph Davis (Sheena), and Hiireen. Mary will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Jazmnye, Jarrett (Deanna), Shaniya, Jaquan, Harold, and King; by her great grandchild Reina; by her half daughters, Bella, Marie, and Denice; by her sisters, Eula Watson and Labarbara Madison; by her brothers Rev. Clinton Madison and Pastor Allen Madison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Johnnie Earl Madison.
Mary’s words of wisdom were, “Trust God, he will do it” and her legacy was feeding the soul with culinary creations.