Jackson, Linda Eugenia
Birth: Monday, December 28, 1953
Residence: Temple Hills, Maryland
Death: Monday, November 14, 2016 at the age of 62
Laid to Rest: Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Heritage Memorial Cemetery, Waldorf, Maryland
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Linda Eugenia Chase Jackson, 62, of Temple Hills, MD, departed this life for her heavenly home on Monday, November 14, 2016, at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD. Linda was born December 28, 1953 to Margaret Inez Ford Matthews and the late Raymond Chase. She grew up in Piscataway, MD, under the guidance and in the loving arms of her late grandparents, William and Antionette Ford, who were assisted in her care by her aunt, Ann Roberta Ford Johnson.
As a child, Linda was remembered for her fondness of plain cake with a tall cold glass of milk! She was a good student, who tested and performed well on the federal government's Civil Service examination before her 1971 graduation from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD. Within a few months of graduation, Linda was hired for a federal position at St Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC. At that time, she went to live with her mother and stepfather, the late Thomas "Sonny" Matthews, in order to be nearer to her employment.
Her position at "St. E's", as it was widely known, began what would be a 40-year and 3-month career as a proud civil servant. During this tenure, her area of expertise was financial management providing support to the Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head, MD; Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command, Crystal City, VA; Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) at the Washington Navy Yard, and she concluded her illustrious career in March 2013 with retirement from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. As a government employee, Linda was afforded the opportunity of business-related travel around the U.S. including to Hawaii as well as abroad to Japan. She also possessed entrepreneurial interests, which led her to become a Mary Kay Cosmetics and Home Interior independent salesperson.
On March 4, 1972, Linda married Elmer Joseph Jackson. Although that union of more than 22-years ended in divorce, it produced two of the three apples-of-her-eye; her son, Joseph Dewayne Jackson, and daughter, Chrystal N. Jackson.
As an avid reader and an aspiring author, for the last 17 years Linda was a devoted member of the Nubian Knowledge (NK) Book Club. More than a book club and truly a circle of sister-friends, Linda was a founding member of the Club and, at the time of her passing, the Club's Treasurer. Anyone who knew Linda, knew that the second Saturday of every month was off-limits for any events because that was exclusively reserved for the monthly NK Book Club meeting, period, no exceptions!
It was mentioned earlier that Linda had three apples-of-her-eye. The third was her most favorite person, her youngest grand-daughter, Mackenzie Lynette Scott or "Kenz" as Linda affectionately called her. Linda loved being "MaMa" to Kenz. This was evident not only because you could feel it but you literally saw it. See, Kenz was her cell phone screensaver and also due to the numerous pictures of Kenz, Linda's disk space on her cell was pretty low!
While Linda had experienced various health concerns over the years, she lived life fully and with a sense of humor. As she stated her senior year of high school for the yearbook, she "loves to party and dance"! Still, many thought Linda to be unapproachable because of her stern and sometimes no-nonsense manner. However, she loved to laugh and was a joy to be around. Still, when the situation required it, she would not hesitate to set you straight! Linda's hearty laugh and quick-wit will be sorely missed and to those who did not get an opportunity to experience those wonderful aspects of her personality, well, you will never know what you missed out on and the true beauty of this lady! To know her was to love her!
In addition to her mother, children, and grand-daughter, Linda leaves to celebrate her life: step-daughter, Mikhail (Jaquan) Piper; step-granddaughters, Letria and Jessica Perkins; step great-grandchildren: Aleyah Perkins and Jamari Pardlow; brother-cousin, C. Ellis Johnson; sister-cousins: Joyce (Gary) Proctor and Stephanie Parker-Flowers; aunts: M. Beatrice Washington, Mildred Munson, A. Roberta Johnson, Teresa Chase; uncles: C. Matthew Ford, Russell and Nathaniel Chase; godmother, Elizabeth Campbell; special cousin, Kenneth (Celestine) Ford; sister-friends: Beverly Evans, Renee Christy, and the NK Book Club members: Brenda Coleman, Angela Hardy, Louise Greer, Marlene Jackson, Talaya McKinney, Eloise Russell, and Rhonda Taylor; as well as a host of other wonderful relatives and fond friends.
Visitation: Monday, November 21, 2016, from 0900-1100 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 1244 "V" Street, SE, Washington, DC 20020. Mass of Christian Burial: 1100. Interment: Heritage Memorial Cemetery, 13472 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Arrangements entrusted to Thornton Funeral Home, PA, 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, MD 20640