Sharon Ann Ashe Jackson
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Sharon Ann Ashe Jackson, 68, of Orange Park, Florida died from the complications of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 9:25 p.m. at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Sharon's loving husband of nearly 44 years, E. Russell Jackson, Jr., former Senior Vice President of the Florida Medical Association and former Legislative Liaison for the Florida Division of Health, was with her when she passed away. A Mass and Celebration of Life for Sharon Jackson will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 11757 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32258. Burial will follow immediately in St. Joseph's Cemetery across the street from the Church. A Viewing and Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Boulevard, Orange Park, Florida 32073. The family suggests that memorials in Sharon Jackson's name be sent to the
Fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
Sharon was born in Waynesville, North Carolina on September 18, 1944. Her parents now deceased were Geraldine Bowden Ashe of the Mandarin area of Jacksonville and Tennyson R. Ashe of Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her brothers are John Ashe of Jacksonville and Richard Ashe of Palatka, Florida. Her grandmother was Emma (Mimi) Bowden of Mandarin and grandparents were Mattie and Henry Plott Campbell of Dellwood, North Carolina, and J. Walter Ashe and Vola Ashe of Cullowhee, North Carolina. Sharon has numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in Florida, North Carolina, and Canada including Martha Jane Phillips and Richard Wilson of Sylva and Tyson Laney of Raleigh, North Carolina, who with her many friends around the country, including the Legion of Mary and the Prayer Warriors, stayed in contact with Sharon with their prayers throughout her recent illness. Sharon's earliest years were spent in the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Her father, Tennyson Ashe, was a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Marine as the family moved to Mobile, Alabama, where Sharon attended Murphy High School, then Jacksonville, Florida where Sharon attended DuPont High School and graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1963. She and her husband, Russell, met in 1963 when they worked at May Cohen's Department Store. Sharon and Russell were married on June 7, 1969 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. Her mother-in-law was Alice Clarke Jackson and father-in-law E. Russell Jackson, Sr. both deceased of Jacksonville.
Sharon supported her husband's academic career at Jacksonville University, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She worked for the HERE Credit Union in Tallahassee when Russell went to work in 1974 with the Florida Division of Health. Sharon was a member of the Tallahassee Junior Women's Club and was important to the development and distribution of the Club's famous cookbook, Canopy Roads. She also helped organize the Special Olympics held in Tallahassee. She also worked for Canada Dry in Jacksonville, physician offices in Greenville and with KMS Fusion Laser Beam Research in Ann Arbor. Sharon was an excellent tennis player and played on tennis teams at Forest Meadows in Tallahassee and the Park Avenue Tennis Club in Orange Park. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association helping coordinate fundraising tennis tournaments in Orange Park and receiving the Heart Association's Certificate of Appreciation Award. Sharon was an enthusiastic and energetic person who never met a stranger. Over nearly 28 years Sharon attended numerous meetings with her husband of the Florida Medical Association, American Medical Association, the Duval County Medical Society, the Capital Medical Society, and the Florida Public Health Association. When her husband's office with the Florida Medical Association was moved to Tallahassee from Jacksonville in 1996, Sharon conducted the family's affairs with businesses throughout Jacksonville and Orange Park where she was widely known as bringing joy and sunshine to all she met. Sharon never missed an opportunity to thank our men and women in uniform in the Military, the Sheriff's Office, and the Police Department, always going up to them to thank them for their service to their country and community. She was beloved by the staffs of the businesses, doctors' offices, restaurants and movie theaters she and her husband frequented, who were definitely family to them. At her wedding to Russell, Ave Maria was sung by Virginia Atter Keys, and Amazing Grace was her favorite hymn. On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary in June of 2009, Sharon and Russell renewed their wedding vows at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Daniel Cody officiating, who at that time baptized Sharon as a Catholic and gave her First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Sharon was a true Child of God who gave the beauty of love and happiness to all she met. Now she is with Our Lord Jesus and all the angels and saints in Heaven. We will always love Sharon and she will always love us
Jacksonville Memory Gardens
111 Blanding Blvd.
Orange Park, FL 32073
Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home
111 Blanding Boulevard Orange Park, FL 32073
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 19, 2013