CONNIE JACKSON A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 3rd 2:30-5:30 PM at the Northwood Commons Clubhouse (accessible from Lassen or Henshaw.) Connie passed on Monday, December 23rd in Paradise, CA. She was born on June 6th, 1936 to Conley and Juanita Wood in Taney County Missouri where she attended grade school until her family moved to Tule Lake, CA at the conclusion of WWII. Connie graduated from Tule Lake High School in 1954 and attended Chico State College where she earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies in 1958. While attending Chico State she met her future husband, William "Kent" Jackson. Connie and Kent were married on May 13th, 1959 in Willows, CA and Connie started her teaching career at Willows High School shortly thereafter. From the mid 1960s through the 1970s Connie taught for Chico Unified Schools and Chico State as a substitute teacher while raising her family. In 1980 she took a 6 month job with National Medical Enterprises, where she worked in Saudi Arabia to open a new hospital. With the conclusion of that job, she decided to become a travel agent and pursue her passion for international travel. Connie and Kent loved to travel throughout the world and they were able to visit the Middle East, Europe, England, Ireland, Italy, Greece and South America as well as many cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. Connie belonged to many community organizations and she donated much of her time and energy to make Chico a better place to live. Connie was a member of the La Se¤oras, Omega Nu and she was past-president of the North Valley Health Education Foundation. Connie was very proud of both granddaughters, and loved to spoil them at every opportunity. She also enjoyed watching both of them compete in their basketball, softball and volleyball games. Connie is survived by two sons Mike (Julie) Jackson of Paradise, Todd (Debbie) Jackson of Walnut Creek; two granddaughters Jennifer and Jessica of Paradise. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Omega Nu Scholarship Fund in care of the Brusie Funeral Home.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014