Mrs. Nettie Lee Jackson, a compassionate and tireless advocate of quality education for all children, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the age 88. A resident of Hartsdale, N.Y., she was a concerned and activist parent, community leader, public school secretary, union president and a personal mentor to scores of students in the Greenburgh Central School District No. 7.
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In an acknowledgement of her community impact, the school district board of education earlier this year lauded Nettie for going the "extra mile" for children. "Your daily walk alongside children has taught them how to walk and by your example ... where to walk," the award said. "Your footprints will be the stepping stones to their future."
Nettie worked in the Greenburgh schools for over 20 years and also served as president of the Greenburgh Civil Service Organization. She was a powerful voice for school and community concerns through her participation in community activities including: the Greenburgh Police/Community Advisory Commission and the Poet's Corner Civic Association.
Born in King and Queen County, Va., on Dec. 24, 1924, Nettie graduated from Virginia State College (University) in Petersburg with a degree in business administration. She married Luther P. Jackson Jr. in 1952 and moved to Hartsdale in 1971.
Nettie was the recipient of numerous awards including: the Italian-American Heritage Foundation of Westchester Community Service Award, the Lee F. Jackson School Loving Hands Award, Certificate of Special Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the Lee F. Jackson School, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and an award for dedicated service from the Church Women United, White Plains Unit.
Nettie's husband, Luther Jr.; son, Lee Frazer; parents; sister, Ethel Lee Roane; and brother, Roland Lee; predeceased her.
She is survived by her son, Luther III; daughter-in-law, Cecilia Deck; grandsons, Alexander Lee of Montreal, Canada, and Martin Lee of San Jose, Calif.; sister, Helen Roane; several other beloved relatives, and numerous friends and colleagues.
Funeral service for Mrs. Nettie L. Jackson will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va. The interment will follow at Blandford Cemetery.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Jackson and watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17, 2013