Juanita Hazel Rose Jackson, a quiet affable lady with a sense of humor, died at Windemere on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. She was 96.
Juanita moved to Vineyard Haven from Boston three years ago, when it became difficult to manage alone, to stay with her daughter, Joyce Rickson. She spent some time at the Henrietta Brewer House until she moved to Windemere, where she declined.
Juanita was born on Dec. 29, 1919, and grew up in New Bedford in a family of whalers and businessmen who were movers. She had two older sisters, Virginia and Catherine, and two brothers, one older, Clinton or “Bill,” and one younger, Fabe. All are deceased.
Juanita was 5 years old when her mother, Alice Fabio Rose, died. When she was 16, her grandmother sent her to Boston to join her father, Charles Rose, and her two sisters. At the age of 18, she was married to Bertram Jackson, a mariner and a skipper in the Merchant Marines during WW II. He was also a musician, and played tympani with the Boston Community Orchestra. They had two children, Bert of Detroit, and Joyce of Vineyard Haven.
Juanita, a hard worker, retired from Polaroid in Cambridge, where she maintained the clerical storage room and volumes of research material.
Her hobbies were reading and sewing, and she was active in local senior activities. She lived in a high-rise in a neighborhood surrounded by medical centers, colleges, and music and art institutes, where she was a cordial friend to many students and young professionals who moved through the busy Brigham Circle area.
Juanita is survived by her two children, Bert and his wife Audrey, of Michigan, and Joyce Jackson Rickson of Vineyard Haven; four grandchildren, Paul M. Norwood, Tali Jackson, Eban Jackson, and Laila and husband Kyle Hanks; two great-grandchildren, Kyle Hanks and Jackson Hanks; her nephew Eric and wife Deborah Rose, and niece Terri and husband Jeffrey Gillum of Michigan; grandnieces Charnell, Danyelle, and Rena; and goddaughter Michelle Branch Lopes and her sons Benoit and Bradley Brookens.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at 1 pm in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Parker Street, New Bedford. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.