Mary Lou Burrell Jackson dies at 80

Homemaker and businesswoman volunteered throughout the community

August 14, 2010|By Kate Smith, The Baltimore Sun

Mary Lou Burrell Jackson, a homemaker and businesswoman, died Aug. 7 of a heart attack at her home in Rosedale. She was 80.

Mrs. Jackson, daughter of Oscar Allen and Stella Jones Burrell, was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Sandtown.

After graduating from Frederick Douglass High School, she married George Emory Jackson, a bricklayer, and raised six children in the Mount Royal neighborhood. She also worked as a part-time seamstress.

Before her husband's death in 1975, Mrs. Jackson went back to school. She earned a degree in business management from the Community College of Baltimore in June 1978. She then worked in the Social Security Administration as a social insurance coverage technician until her retirement in 1987.

After her retirement, Mrs. Jackson used her financial knowledge to help others around the city. She volunteered at the AARP doing taxes for elderly and low-income residents, as well as at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church working with its outreach program. She also spent time performing administrative work for My Sister's Place in Baltimore.

Mrs. Jackson also volunteered working voting polls throughout her life.

She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Services were held Saturday at March West Funeral Home.

She is survived by two sons, Martin C. Jackson of Rosedale, Calif., and Carl I. Jackson of Columbia; two daughters, Joslyn J. Starvis of Baltimore and Joni J. Holland of Baltimore County; a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Johnson; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A third son, Darryl C. Jackson, preceded her in death.

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