Friday, June 12, 2015
11:00 AM EDT
Peace Evangelical Luthern Church
9415 Merriman Road
Livonia, MI 48150
In State 10 AM till service begins.
(Church is located on the southwest corner @ W. Chicago)
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Life Story / Obituary
Throughout her rich and rewarding life, Patricia Jackson was a blessing in the lives of everyone she met. She was an active part of the community she called home throughout her life, and her faith was the compass she used to direct her steps. Patricia was a devoted mother to be sure, but she just may have argued that becoming a grandmother and great-grandmother was her greatest gift. Gracious, kindhearted, and genuine, she was the sort of person everyone seemed to know. Patricia will be deeply missed while her memory is forever cherished.
It was great to be an American during the 1920s. This was the decade that brought us affordable cars due to the wide implementation of the assembly line and radios that brought the world around us within our reach. Washing machines and refrigerators became part of our homes while Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb made baseball America’s favorite pastime. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great anticipation in the lives of Philip and Margaret Mann as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the heat of the summer held Eastern Michigan firmly in its grip in 1926. The big day finally arrived when the baby girl they named Patricia Ruth drew her first breath on August 9th in Highland Park. She was one of five children in her family as she was raised in the family home in Detroit alongside her siblings, Joyce, Philip, John, and Marcia. Patricia’s father worked for the Detroit Board of Education while her mother was a busy homemaker.
In many ways Patricia was a young girl of her generation. She and her sister, Joyce, loved visiting their grandparents in Washington, Indiana, whether they went there by train or car. Among the many highlights of their time there was making ice cream with Daddy Ben and watching him shoot off fireworks. Patricia enjoyed hanging around with her closest friends with whom she created the “Girls Club.” These girls remained in touch throughout their adult lives. Patricia had two cats, Flossy and Nick, that were also treasured companions. As a student she attended local schools including MacKenzie High School from which she graduating in the early forties.
Not to be forgotten during her years as a young woman was Patricia’s introduction to the man of her dreams. His name was Arthur Jackson, and they met when she was working as a soda clerk at his drug store, Jackson’s Drug Store. Patricia and Arthur were also from the same neighborhood. They began dating, and it wasn’t long before they fell deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, the sweethearts were married. Together they welcomed five children including Julie, Lindsay, Amy, Patti, and Lisa into their hearts and home. Patricia was an amazing wife, mother, and homemaker who kept a neat and orderly home. In fact, she also used these skills keeping the toy department neat and organized at Kmart for nine years. Patricia was completely devoted to her family, and she was delighted to add grandchildren and great-grandchildren into the mix a bit later in life. It was a celebration to remember, too, when she and her husband took a 40th anniversary trip to Hawaii.
Throughout her life Patricia was one to keep busy. She was a faithful member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and was also an active member of the altar guild and the PTA. Known for her spirit of generosity, Patricia volunteered with the reading program with the Livonia City Schools for years. When relaxing at home, she liked watching the FBI type televisions shows from the seventies, and she also enjoyed reading books from Ann Tyler and Pearl S. Buck. As her family and friends can attest, Patricia loved Frank Sinatra and had the experience of a lifetime watching him perform at Olympia Stadium in his early years. She was also a Tigers fan. As an adult she didn’t have any pets of her own, but she did take in her father’s dog, Toby, whom she dearly loved.
With unending love for her family and friends, there was no one who met Patricia Jackson and wasn’t touched in some way. She was deeply devoted to her loved ones, and she was so very generous when it came to helping those within her community. Patricia was never one to be concerned with building wealth according to the world’s standards, rather, her greatest treasure was found in her faith, her family, and her dear friends. Life will never be the same without her here, but her timeless legacy will be carried on by all those who follow in her footsteps.
Patricia R. Jackson died on June 6. Patricia’s family includes her children, Julie Grygotis, Lindsay (Russell) Lapworth, Amy Jackson, Patricia Jo Jackson, and Lisa (James) Santay; grandchildren, Timothy (Verena) Grygotis, Cassandra Lapworth, Corey Lapworth, (Ean Houei), Jonathan (Angela) Lapworth, Kimberly (Steve) VanNortwick, Rachel Santay, and Philip Santay; great-grandchildren, Matthias Lapworth, Lara Grygotis, Emma Grygotis; siblings, Marcia MacIntosh, Philip Mann Jr. and the late Joyce Worthington and John Mann. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J., and son-in-law, Gerard Grygotis. Family will receive friends Thursday 5-8 p.m. at Neely-Turowski Life Story Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI (between Merriman and Middlebelt). A funeral service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church 9415 Merriman Road, Livonia (just south of West Chicago). Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Family ask donations go to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church.