OBITUARY

Diane Burton Jackson

August 6, 1943June 13, 2020

LINDA DIANNE (BURTON) JACKSON, of Kingston, GA, passed peacefully into Heaven June 13, 2020 at 76 years of age. This amazing lady leaves a legacy that is impossible to comprehend except for those of us privileged to have walked in her shadow. Born in Marietta, GA, she spent her entire life devoted to helping others. She never met a stranger, and she was comfortable in both “power suits” and flip flops. A passionate professional, selfless mother, and incredible grandmother/sister/aunt, Dianne stood tall as the original Steel Magnolia. Not many young women in the 1960’s went from office work to military service, but Dianne was no ordinary woman. Wanting to break from the norm and seeking a life-changing challenge, she joined the Marine Corps. Following her time of military service, she became an Operating Room Technician and then a Pediatric Physician’s Assistant. Her healthcare career led eventually to a top executive position as Chief Financial Officer for several large hospitals in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Shaped by years of wise leadership, she served on various panels and advisory boards, and was a published author in business journals. While well respected and widely recognized in the healthcare field, Dianne’s core was her family. She intentionally focused on a career that would provide a sense of security for her children. No matter how often she moved, before she ever unpacked a box, she always hung side by side the two pictures of her children as toddlers. As the verse says, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”, so was the bond of Dianne, Ramey, and Kristi. To them, she was nothing short of a superwoman. They relied on her love, laughter, and courage to lead them along life’s paths. Their home was filled with music, games, food, animals, television shows, and conversation. An Open Door Policy was always in effect for her children’s friends because without judgement or prejudice, she offered guidance and safety, tinged with humor, to whomever entered her doors. To her grandchildren, she was simply “Mamoo”. Savannah, Jonah, Pierce, Preslie and Dani were constantly reminded of her love by their rotating pictures, notes, cards, and artwork posted proudly on the refrigerator, walls, and bookshelves. Shared love of Elvis for them was a no-brainer, since snacks and meals were prepared in her kitchen filled with Elvis memorabilia while his music played in the background. Nothing made Dianne happier than when her grandchildren brought their friends to visit, just as their parents had. Noise was inevitable, but Dianne’s laugh was always heard above all the voices. Her voice of reason combined with a sense of fun resonated with her siblings. Mickey and Bo are the brothers she was wedged between in age, so she followed and led with each of them. Her sister Brenda, however, was her baby. Dianne was allowed to name her sister and dress Brenda up like a baby doll. Dianne taught her to twirl, drive, dance, and socialize. As best friends, they shared homes, trips to the beach and Graceland, and secrets. Dianne was truly the wind beneath Brenda’s wings. Brooka, Blair, Nicole, and Mickey, Jr. all shared the love of their Aunt Dianne. She was so proud of all their accomplishments, and suffered with them through any dark times. Always ready to offer words of wisdom, she knew how to distract them from worries and create for them opportunities for joy. For the “junior” nieces and nephews, she was pure fun. Alyssa and Kaelee knew she was just a phone call away, and to Will and Riley, she was “Carwash”, a term of endearment coined by them just for this special Aunt. Dianne’s life is a living example of love given and love received. A true woman of faith, she is smiling, singing, and celebrating with family members preceding her as she keeps watch over her family still remaining. While we mourn her passing, we know she continues to hold our hands as we held hers. The family celebrates Dianne Jackson publicly with this written tribute and privately at a later date. Family members are listed below: Parents: Mr. and Mrs. B. G. (Bo/Son and Eunice) Burton, Marietta, GA(deceased) Children: Ramey Jackson (Julie), Kingston, GA; Kristi Holcomb (Jerry), Canton, GA; Julie Jackson (deceased) Siblings: Mickey Burton (Chris), Enterprise, AL; Bo Burton (Pat), Blanchard, OK; Brenda Shuman-Riley, Leeds AL Grandchildren: Savannah Holcomb, Atlanta, GA; Jonah Holcomb, Atlanta, GA; Pierce Jackson, Rome, GA; Peyton Jackson (deceased); Preslie Jackson, Rome, GA; Dani Sims, Rome, GA Nieces/Nephews: Brooka Hutcheson, McRae GA; Blair Inabinet (Bill), Vestavia Hills, AL; Nicole Upshaw (Jack), Dublin, GA; Mickey Burton, Jr. (deceased); Alyssa Roberson (Brandon), Augusta, GA; Kaelee Hutcheson, Macon, GA; Jarrett Rick Hutcheson (deceased); Will Inabinet, Vestavia Hills, AL; Riley Inabinet, Vestavia Hills, AL Special gratitude is extended to Dianne’s caregivers: Diane, Emily, Jessica, Melissa, and her faithful canine companion, Johnny Cash. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. https://alz.org/georgia .

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