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Irene Jackson

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[April 18, 2011]  ATLANTA -- Irene Lucille Jackson, 86, of Atlanta, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at 2:56 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rob Roy officiating.

Burial will be in Kinder Cemetery, rural Hornsby.

Mrs. Jackson worked at the Atlanta Grade School and at many area businesses, including Short's Nursing Home and restaurants in Atlanta and Lincoln. She retired from Area Disposal as a bookkeeper.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1924, in Worden. Her parents were Edward and Rose Kayser. She married Alfred Leo Jackson on July 1, 1943, in St. Louis. In 1953 the family moved to Atlanta, where Alfred was a dispatcher for Southern Transportation. He preceded her in death in 1964.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth E. (and Barbara) Jackson of Katy, Texas, and Thomas G. (and Julie) Jackson of Atlanta; daughters-in-law Rose Jackson of Tyler, Texas, and Irene Jackson of Morton; three grandchildren, Dawn (and Ben) Davis of Decatur, Chris Jackson of Atlanta and Cindy (and Mark) Leesman of Atlanta; four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Alex Davis and Jessica and Dustin Leesman; four stepgrandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Albert (and La Van) Kayser of Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her two eldest sons, William Jackson and Robert Jackson, and three sisters.

After her retirement, Irene continued her love for gardening, baking and caring for others.

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Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Public Library, 100 SE Race St., Atlanta, IL 61723; or St. Clara's Manor Activity Department, 200 Fifth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

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