OBITUARY

Mildred Alice Jackson

October 2, 1932May 4, 2021

Mildred Alice Jones Jackson was born October 2, 1932 and passed away suddenly in Wilmington at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on May 4, 2021 from congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.

Alice met her high school sweetheart, Nathaniel Macon Jackson, Jr, they were married in 1953 and had three children, David Jackson, of Honolulu, HI, Ann Hardwick, of Raleigh, and Susan Croom, husband Troy, of Topsail Beach. She worked at Wachovia Bank, the North Carolina Legislature, volunteered at Millbrook United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. She loved to paint, sew, shop, collect everything, (let us know if you need a salt & pepper shaker set), and talk on the phone. She had the gift of gab and could and would talk for hours to people. She coined the phrase, “just sit down and talk to me a minute.” In 1 Samuel 16:7, the Lord said to Samuel, “for the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” And that was Alice, she looked at people’s hearts, she felt their triumphs and their pain, and she loved openly. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32, “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving of one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” She was a kind-hearted human with a big smile.

Her passion was her family whom she loved unconditionally and abundantly. She is preceded in death by her husband, Macon, her mother and father, Frank B. Jones and Mildred Averette, her sister, Louise Hall, and her brother Frank L. Jones. She is survived by her sisters, Lena Pritchard, husband Bill and Mary Clifton, husband Beau and her brother Thomas Jones, wife Betty. They were her foundation. She made it a point to try and talk to them almost daily. Whether trying to figure out the cryptoquote in the paper, trading recipes, or just checking on their children.

She was blessed or obsessed, depending on how you looked at it, with her grandchildren. Chad Emerick, Natalie Shepard, husband Zack, Brandon Croom, wife Courtney, Caitlin Croom, and Nathaniel W.H. Jackson. And just recently her first great grandchild, Henry Shepard. It did not matter what time of day it was, if she was on the phone with someone, if they reached out, they came first. They were her heart and soul. She was also blessed with so many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Alice was not perfect, but she loved hard, she tried her best, and she was a great wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

A celebration of Alice’s life will be Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

Memories

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Steve Pritchard

May 18, 2021

WHO DOES THAT! My aunt Alice that's who! I don't know my exact age, but I couldn't have been more than 12 years old when she decided to invite me to go to the NC Symphony with her as her "date". I remember thinking I would hesitantly go out of respect to my elders. What I discovered was that it was truly an amazing life experience that she had gifted me. That is who she was, always doing and thinking of others.

If you ever saw the movie Monsters Inc. The children's screams, when frightened, would be trapped as energy in containers to be used later to power things. My Aunt Alice's laughter was much the same. She could have and in my opinion did, power many communities with her love and laughter. I will dearly miss you, but never forget you.

Lou Topper

May 17, 2021

Alice was the kindest person we had the pleasure of knowing. Alice opened her heart and her home and made you fell loved from the very beginning. Just a cup a coffee or an ice cream and a chat with Alice made your day!

Laura Wagner

May 12, 2021

My Aunt Alice

The earliest that I remember Aunt Alice was when I was a child. I would walk down Johnsdale Road to visit her, admiring the quiet neighborhood and the simple life of that time. That was a few decades ago when she had a dog named Rooster. That was her family dog, and everyone was still living at home. That dog was as big as me. Fortunately, I grew taller.

Alice was very close to all her siblings. It was easy to love Aunt Alice, because she expressed unconditional friendliness, compassion, sympathy and love towards all she knew and met. It never changed. She always made an effort to visit all her family too. Especially during the holidays and birthdays. She also had a way of showing up when you were in a time of need and support. Sometimes she would just peep-in to say hello.

Alice was Granny’s first-born daughter. She was equally loved by Aunt Lillian who adored & loved her just as her own child.

I remember all the family gatherings & outdoor cook outs when I lived on Aunt Lillian’s farm or next door at Granny’s house. Whenever I saw Aunt Alice, she was excited to see me, just like a best friend no matter what I have been through. She was just always there with open arms, like a guardian angel to give comfort, advice, and support. She was an angel on earth.

Alice always took me in, gave me shelter when I needed to get away during difficult times. She also gave me work opportunity for making money. She loved my art and had inspired me to paint more.

I know Alice was a wonderful loving parent and wife to her children and husband. She will be missed greatly. I will cherish and hold close all the fond memories of her in my heart and mind.

Rick and Roxie Markey

May 11, 2021

Alice was one of the sweetest and kindest people we have ever known. She was the most loving and caring person we have ever known.God bless her and may she R.I.P. love Rick and Roxie

Caroline Thornton

May 11, 2021

We are all the better for having known Alice. She was delightfully honest and to the point, kind and caring, always smiling and laughing. I am blessed to call her family.

Janet Lee

May 11, 2021

Alice was one of my many first cousins (26!) that I had growing up. Thanks to our grandparents George and Lelia Woodard. She was a beautiful soul & had an infectious laugh. May our loving heavenly father comfort all of you. ❤