Helen E. Jackson, 85

Helen E. Jackson, 85, of Jackson Lane, New Beaver Boro passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a two day illness.

Born May 16, 1931 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late James Ralph and Helen Esther Anderson Little. She was married for 66 years to Robert B. Jackson Jr who survives.

Helen began her working career as a draftsman with Rexnord and Matthews in Ellwood City and then at Koppers in Pittsburgh.  She was currently the Jury Commissioner for Lawrence County. She was an active member of the Wampum Presbyterian Church, serving as the secretary for over 40 years. Active with local, county and state government, Helen was a former member and past president of the New Beaver Boro Council, former President of the PA State Boro’s Association, Co Founder of the PA State Elected Woman’s Association, Director of the PA Farm Bureau, State Republican Committee representing Lawrence County, and the Lawrence County Planning Commission. Helen was also a licensed pilot and was a former member and president of the Flying Farmers of America. She was also involved with many other interests and activities on the local, county and state level.

In addition to her husband, Bob, survivors include three sons, William (Sharon) Jackson of New Galilee, James (Charmaine) Jackson of New Galilee, Robert B. “Charlie” (Lauren) Jackson III of New Galilee; daughter, Linda Shellhammer of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by a son in law, Dale Shellhammer.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Friends will also be received on Monday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the funeral home. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. William R. McGary will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Grceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wampum Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25 Wampum, PA 16157.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

13 thoughts on “Helen E. Jackson, 85

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family, as well as with her church family. She was a remarkable woman and will be greatly missed.

  2. To Bob and all the Family, we will miss Helen. Since we moved away from Wampum area we would meet up with her in Wal-Mart now and then. Chat awhile and get caught up on hometown news. She was such a joy to know. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.

  3. With great sorrow I received the sad news of your Helen’s passing. I barely can imagine what the loss means all of to you. Tears blurred my vision, as I sat down to comprehend the meaning that she is no longer among us as a physical being. Her spirit is in everyone she has touched. She left behind a great legacy and I know she will be sorely missed especially by everyone. My only consolation is that she could leave this world and was not subjected to prolonged illness. The aforementioned doesn’t diminish the grief that surely engulfs what the family must be feeling at this time.

    One of the grandest gifts Helen bestowed on me was the many times she devoted to Heather & Jimbo. I remember her always asking when they were young to take them places with her, how exhausting that must have been. I know they and their cousins were always plotting their next adventure when they were together at the farm. How she smiled and shook her head wondering what caused them to have such exuberant outbursts. She not only put up with it, but enjoyed all of them running through the house (making a mess) then into the yard, barn and anywhere else they could find for no apparent reason than zest of life. When they were little and their hands were too small to help her do what they wanted, she always showed them how they could manage those tasks with patience, a big smile and her extraordinary laugh. Even under stressful situations she remained calm. She created them a safe environment to grow, explore and imagine. I know those memories are countless and vivid all of their minds. Those thoughts bring new tears to my eyes, tears of gratitude and appreciation.

    I’m forever grateful that Helen was part of all of our lives. No words can express how deeply I feel for all of the Jackson family at this time, but especially you, Bob. I know you will miss her sorely for some time to come. There really are no words that can take away your pain except as time passes, the pain will mellow. Within your heart, with all the memories you stored away over the many years you were together, she will always be part of you and all of your family. All the seeds of love that she planted in everyone will continue to grow and guide you during this time of sadness. Remember, it’s okay to cry. Additionally remember, day and night, that those that love you are only a phone call away. Shared sadness divides it in two and renders a desolate heart less lonely. All my sympathy is with you.

    I know that God will give her eternal rest and will place her soul to rest in peace.

    My Love and Sincere Condolences,

  4. I am so sorry to hear that Helen has left us Bob just hang in there I know how hard it is God Bless you and your family.

  5. I send you my deepest sympathy.
    Helen and I started first grade together at North Side School
    and graduated from Lincoln High School in l950.

  6. So sorry to hear of Helen’s death. All our prayers and condolences are extended to your family at this time.
    She was a very special person. Helen gave help and assistance to everyone along her path in life.
    She will be missed by many.

  7. Mr. Jackson, Bill, Sharon, Son-in-law Bill, Kim and family,
    My sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved Helen. I pray that she rest in peace, and that comfort and support are with all of you, especially at this sad time.
    Kathy Kubler

  8. So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a great asset to PSAB during her involvement with the organization.

  9. My condolences and deepest sympathies at the loss of your Mother, Bill. May you find peace as God’s light and love shines upon you and yours. Sincerely…………

  10. We’re praying for Bob and all the family. Every time I saw Helen it was great. She had a joy and energy about her. God’s Peace to you all.

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