Helen Jackson
1935 - 2020
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Helen Jackson, 85, made her transition on June 1, 2020 at the Lincolnshire Health Care Center in Merrillville, Indiana. Helen was born on April 27, 1935 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Hattie (Early) and Isaiah Okemos Jackson. Helen was the youngest of five siblings. She was baptized at an early age at Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in the Number Nine community in Arkansas. Helen loved singing opera. She graduated from Richard B. Harrison High School in 1954 with honors and received a recommendation to attend the Arkansas Agriculture, Mechanical and Normal (AM&N) College in Pine Bluff Arkansas because of her prima donna status in opera under Maestra Buzzy. She married Benny L. Smith. Helen moved to Gary, Indiana shortly after graduation. She transferred her church membership to the 20th Century Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. E.B. Joyner. Helen attended Odessa's College of Beauty Culture and received her credentials in cosmetology. She worked as a licensed cosmetologist until her retirement. She worked at Odessa's Beauty Salon on Broadway for many years. In her spare time, Helen loved to knit, volunteer with the AMVETS and fellowship with her family and friends. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, parents and beloved sisters Rosalee, Prentiss and Vergie Lee Jackson of Blytheville, Arkansas and Verneita McClatchey of Gary, Indiana. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her brother Lucious (Ruby) Jackson of Lansing, Michigan, a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews and special nephew Gentry McClatchey of Merrillville, Indiana. Visitation Tuesday June 9, 2020 from 9a.m. – 11:30a.m. with graveside services at 12 noon at Evergreen Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date which will be announced. Condolences may be sent to Guy & Allen Funeral Directors at 2959 West 11th Avenue.

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Published in Post-Tribune on Jun. 7, 2020.
09:00 - 11:30 AM
Graveside service
12:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
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June 10, 2020
Helen was my hairstylist and friend for many years. She was a kind and helpful person. She will be missed.
June 8, 2020
My great aunt was a kind woman who curled my hair so tight it lasted a week. I cried 6 days until it loosened. Now I appreciate her skill and the care and the times my cousin and I spent in the salon and later on times I spent with her and my grandmother at brunch in Chicago when I visited Indiana. I will miss her dearly. RIP
Debra Farmer
June 8, 2020
HELEN is a Greek Name;
It means brilliant and shining light.
She was the essence of her name;
They got it right.
We were truly blessed!
The right name for the right person in the the right family in the right place at the right time for such a time as this.
She was more than a doting Aunt;
She was simply The Best of the best
You will sorely missed! Go now Take your Rest!
Rest in the Heavenly Fathers arm and May the Lord now say Well done good and faithful servant..
Glindia McClatchey - Barley
June 8, 2020
our condolences to the family, may she Rest In Peace.
Thomas and Jesse Scott
June 8, 2020
Auntie I am going to miss you so very much. Thank you for all you have done for me and my family with much love. My brother Gentry thank you for all you have done in taking care of her, God bless you with much love and HAPPINESS, PEACE, JOY, PROSPERITY, HEALTH and many prayers. Love you all have a safe and beautiful day.
Bobbie Scott
June 7, 2020
Helen was my hair stylist for a few years. I will always remember her soft whispery voice, & her merry laugh. She had a heart that made her be a blessing, to me , & others. She shared a lot of wisdom with me too, as she styled my hair. Thanks Dorothy for introducing, your Aunt Helen to me. I will always remember her, fondly.
Rest in Peace Helen, & You never told me, you sang opera! Wow! That's where your sing-song laughter, came from! ♥
E. Faye Paulding
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