Obituary: Elma Viola Jackson

Elma Viola Jackson, 85, was called home by the Lord on Feb. 26, 2018, in the caring embrace of her family and the staff of Good Shepherd Hospice and Asbury Park Greenhouse in Newton. Elma Viola

Jackson was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Newton, Kan., to proud parents Ora Vergil and Ethel Mae

(LaGree) Lough. She was a twin to Elva Leota Esau born Feb. 8. She grew up in a Christian home and the age of 9, gave her life to the Lord Jesus and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Newton.

She graduated from Newton High School in 1951 and was a member of the National Honor Society.

During her teen years, she was active in Youth Fellowship at both the First Baptist and the Evangelical United Brethren churches in Newton. At the E.U.B. church she met her life mate, Robert Louis Jackson (Bob). They were married June 10, 1951, in a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister at the E.U.B. Church. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. After many loving and happy memories, tragic events caused a divorce after 36 years of marriage. Elma relied on the Lord for her support and needs in the years that followed and always remained friends with Bob. God’s grace is always sufficient for every earthly need. She always believed that friendship and the togetherness of family, no matter what the situation, was important. Her life occupations were wife and mother, nine years as a pharmacy clerk at Wilson Drug Store and two years at United Methodist Youthville as a house parent. Her avocation was a wedding and all occasion cake decorator. She was a past member of the “Evening Crumbs,” “Sugar Bells,” “Cake Arts Club” (all cake decorator clubs), and the International Cake Exploration Society.

She had been an active member in the First Baptist Church and the Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, Central Community Church in Wichita, Wanamaker Woods Nazarene Church in Topeka and Palmyra Baptist Church of Benton, Kan. It was her belief that all Christian faiths are one family in the eyes of God. Her interests were reading, piano, organizing memorabilia (putting together more than 60 albums), traveling, and visiting museums and art galleries. What she loved to do best was creative cooking and entertaining family and friends, painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting and other crafts. She loved flowers and loved to garden when she was able.

Writing book-length letters to family and friends was a passion. She completed a spiritual autobiography of her life for her children titled “Color Me Complicated.” A personal and life-changing event was a trip to Israel in 1997, where she was baptized in the River Jordan. She also was a past member of The Carriage Factory Gallery, Kansas Artist’s Guild, Tri-W and Sunset Gals E.H.U. groups, and was a past president of a T.O.P.S Club. While living near Towanda, she was an active participant in the Towanda and Benton Senior Centers activities.

In December 2001, she joined the “Red Hot Hatters,” a Wichita Red Hat society group, and remained active in the group for nearly 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ora and Ethel Lough; sister, Elva Esau; sons, M. Scott Jackson and Darrell Dean Jackson; daughter, Nancy E. Wells; grandchild, Jennifer Roach; and great-grandchild, Christopher Arrowsmith.

She is survived by her children, Carol (Kenneth) Drake of Towanda, Randy Jackson, Beverly(William) Roach all of Newton; 12 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Elma’s life was March 5 at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, with Pastor Norman Tillotson presiding. Private family interment will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery near Perth, Kan.

Memorials are suggested to the Asbury Park “Care Club” in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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HESSTON—Raymond Hiebert was born July 4, 1927, to Albert and Eva Hiebert. He married Elsie Dieck on March 14, 1952. Raymond died on March 5, 2018.

Ray was a loving husband to Elsie of Hesston; father of three daughters Janet Kennedy of Overland Park, Patricia (Doug) Smythe of Tulsa, Okla., and Barbara Hiebert of Salina; grandfather; great-grandfather; uncle; carpenter; farmer; college professor; business entrepreneur; traveler; and prankster.

Inurnment will be at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Mennonite Cemetery, rural Moundridge, followed by services at 11 a.m. at First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge.

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