Name: Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jackson
Funeral Date: Not Available
Date of Birth: October 12, 1921
Date of Passing: January 29, 2012
Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home
Betty has been cremated and a memorial service for her will be held at a later date (Time and Place to Be Announced). Funeral arrangements are being taken care of by MacAlpine Funeral Home, Bad Axe.
She is survived by two daughters, Toni (John) McLellan of Hartford and Lorri (Daniel) King of Okemos; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin and Katherine (Lukasz Niec) McLellan and Michael and Allison King; three great grandchildren, Matthew and Morgan McLellan and Tess Niec; one sister, Margaret Ross of Marietta, Ohio; two nieces, Nancy (Richard) Lambert and Janet (Webb) Martin; nephews Keith (Eva) Somers and Kim (Joyce) Ross; a first cousin who was like a sister, Mary Lou (Miller) Gauthier, and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by four brothers, Howard Somers and Keith, Walter and John Ross.
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Jackson, age 90, of Port Austin passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lawton, Mich. She had been a resident at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton for two and a half years. Betty was born at home in Harrisville, Mich., on October 12, 1921, the daughter of the late Leon Reeves Ross and Rena Miller Somers Ross. She spent her formative years in Harrisville, attending school and working summers as a waitress at Lost Lake Woods. After graduation from high school, where she excelled at debating, Betty began studies at Central Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1944. After graduation, Betty, relying upon her bright outlook and Scottish wit, embarked upon a career path in education that would see her touching many lives. She came to Bad Axe and accepted the position of high school Home Economics teacher. Many, many of her students will attest that they owe their cooking, sewing and home management skills to Betty’s untiring efforts in the classroom. In 1974, Betty left Bad Axe High School and enrolled in graduate school at the University of Michigan. She earned a Master of Arts Degree in counseling and began a second career as high school counselor at Ubly High School, a position she held for six years until she retired. It was during her early years at Bad Axe High School that she met a brash, young Navy officer, Don Jackson, who delivered groceries from his parents’ market to her kitchen at school. He became her husband on June 27, 1947. They were married for over fifty-six years and were blessed with two daughters, both of whom followed in their mother’s footsteps and became teachers. After her retirement, Betty and Don moved around the country, living for extended periods in California, Illinois and Connecticut when he worked as a recruiter for several electronics training schools. When Don retired, they built their dream home, “The Cottage” on the site of the original Jackson family cottage on Lake Huron, near Port Austin. Don preceded Betty in death on January 27, 2004.