11/21/1919 to 11/26/2013
At 94 years old, Joan was full of life and love, bringing joy to all she met up to her last moments when she died suddenly from complications from surgery.
Joan was born to Charles and Florence Cooke in Toronto, Canada and spent the first five years of life in her native country, and then she and her family migrated to Detroit, Michigan.
Joan studied at Wheaton College in Illinois. A favorite memory of those college days was sitting in the library across the table from Billy Graham. At some point in her young life, she learned to fly and received her pilot's license. After college, she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, spending time in Florida and California. When her stint with the USCG was over, she went back to Detroit where she eventually met and married John Jackson. They settled in Farmington, Michigan and had daughter, Debbie and thirteen months later, daughter, Denise.
During her working career, she worked for several food brokers and spent quite a bit of time on the road throughout Michigan and Ohio.
In 1979, Joan packed up and moved to California, eventually settling in Auburn.
Joan loved her black BSA bicycle and was often seen riding every chance she had. She also had a love of nature and gardening. To the end, she was so enamored by her patio garden.
Joan was a member of Auburn's St. Luke's Episcopal Church and a Daughter of the King.
Joan will be greatly missed for her loving, kind and funny personality. She leaves behind to mourn her, daughters Debbie and Denise (Bud); granddaughters: Yvonne (Clayton), Genise (Jason), Janelle (Tyler), Rebekkah; and great-grandchildren: Cameron, Kevin, Jaylah, Jackson and Harper. She also leaves behind her beloved Gingerboy.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, December 14, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Donations to any Animal organization or the Salvation Army would be her honor.
Published in Auburn Journal from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014