The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 16, 2013

Martha Louise Jackson, 75, Danville


The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Martha Louise Jackson, 75, of Danville, was peacefully taken to be with her Lord early Tuesday morning, April 9, 2013, at Berwick Retirement Village I, where she had been a resident since January.

She was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Lancaster, Calif., a daughter of the late James and Cleo (Purdy) Powers. On Aug. 2, 1958, she married Raymond H. Jackson, who preceded her in death in 1990, ending a marital span of 32 years.

Martha was a 1955 graduate of Antelope Valley High School.

Martha was raised in a godly Christian home and trusted the Lord Jesus as her savior as a young girl. She learned to play the piano as a girl and was naturally gifted at music.

She loved playing and listening to hymns. She was a kind person who always remembered everyone’s birthday. She would send cards and letters as well as special “care packages” to those she wanted to encourage. She often called friends and family to keep in touch. Martha also enjoyed playing the organ for church services and the many people she met while she lived at Vintage Knolls in Danville until last fall. She loved the beach, rides to see nature and going out to eat.

Although she lived in Lancaster, Calif., from 1937 to 2004, she was willing to move across the country to Pennsylvania to be near her daughters and grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Marlene Stank, of Catawissa, Karen and Samir Nassem, of Elysburg, and Joyce and Todd Longacre, of Mifflinburg; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, with whom she was thankful to spend time; and one brother, Donald Powers.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, two in infancy, Beverly and Alice Powers, and Jean Seaman, and one son, Michael Jackson.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa, followed by the funeral at 11 with Mark Stumpff, pastoral intern and grandson-in-law, officiating, assisted by Richard Spotts.

Burial will be in Freewill Cemetery, Roaring Creek Township.