Frances Elmyra Jackson was born on September 6, 1936 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to the late Theodaus “Peaches” Barber. Her mother would later marry the late Lide Evans and Frances would have two sisters, Leta, Lucille, and one brother Lide Jr. who preceded her in death.
Frances grew up in the Homewood Brushton Community on Kedron Street where she attended Westinghouse High School. Frances was an advocate for Civil Rights and upon graduating from Westinghouse in 1954, she moved to New York City where she continued her advocacy. Frances traveled back to Pittsburgh to be with Family intermittently until deciding to remain permanently in 1968. Frances then married the late Roderick Clark Jackson Sr. The two had a son Roderick Clark Jackson Jr. Frances was a hard worker, concentrating her efforts in the fields of Health Care and Community Service. Frances worked as a Nurse’s Aide for West Penn Hospital, St. Francis Health Systems, and Mental Health Nursing Services. Frances also ran a boarding home for aging adults on Bricelyn Street where she was a sole proprietor.
In June of 1990, Frances attended Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) where she earned a Certificate in General Studies. During her time at CCAC, Frances was the Recipient of the Dr. Weiss Achievement Award. Frances then started her career in community service as the Site Coordinator for the Food Bank of the Homewood Brushton Salvation Army. She served the community and was the recipient of several awards through Hunger Services Task Force. Frances was strong in her Christian faith and attended church services regularly at the Salvation Army. Her life was spent devoted in acts of service to her community, family, and friends. She was truly a beacon of light to those blessed to know her.
She is survived by her son Roderick Clark Jackson Jr. (Ricky). Her devoted siblings, Lucille Hall, Leta Burris, nephews Edward Burris Jr., Dwayne Hicks, Marcel Johnson, and Jonny Tucker Jr., nieces Dianna Burris (Tucker), Leta Lee Scott, and Leeza Tucker along with a host of other relatives and friends.
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