Doris P. Jackson


Doris Pope Jackson, a longtime resident of Malden, died on Monday, April 2, with her loving family by her side.

Born and raised in Everett, Doris graduated from Everett High School with the Class of 1933. She attended Portia Law School, which is now Suffolk University, and studied art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1935, Doris married her sweetheart, Herbert L. Jackson, a successful businessman and local politician who served two terms as Malden’s State Representative and many years as a City Councilman. Doris and Herbert shared nearly 45 years together until his passing in 1978.

Doris worked as an administrator for the Mass Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in Boston, retiring in 1977 at the age of 62. After her retirement from the RMV, she became a realtor on Martha’s Vineyard and specialized in properties located in Oak Bluffs. In addition, she was co-owner of Shearer Cottage in Esat Chop, an inn which was founded by her grandparents, Charles and Henrietta Shearer, in 1903. Historically, Shearer Cottage catered to African Americans who faced discrimination at other establishments early in the 20th century. Doris’s family proudly continues to operate Shearer Cottage, welcoming a multi-cultural clientele.

She is survived by her children: Gail Loring Jackson of Malden, Lee M. Van Allen of Oak Bluffs, and Herbert L. Jackson Jr. of Oak Bluffs; her grandchildren: David Van Allen Jr., Loren Van Allen, Eric Van Allen, Jessica Stieben, Jinarra Canton and Gabriel Pappas; and her great-grandchildren: Camille, Kendall, Kennedi, Oren, and Jared Van Allen, and Jonathan Stieben.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Jackson; her parents, Lincoln G. and Lily (Shearer) Pope; her sister, Elizabeth Pope White, and her brother, Lincoln Pope Jr.

Funeral services will be held for Doris on Friday, April 6, at the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden, at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 8 pm.