MARLENE GOLDEN JACKSON, 80, passed away Dec. 31, 2019, from an extended illness. Mrs. Jackson was born June 15, 1938, in Altoona, to John and Bertha Golden. She was a graduate of Altoona High School where she was named valedictorian and crowned homecoming queen. She later went on to work many years in Holy Name of Jesus/Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden where she made many close friendships. Marlene loved being a wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and worked tirelessly cooking for others in need as well as for countless bridal teas, luncheons, and funerals in Gadsden. She was a longtime member of Bellevue Baptist Church where she taught second grade Sunday school for many years and served on various committees. Toward the end of her life, she was a member of Glen Iris Baptist Church in Birmingham. She was the youngest of seven children and preceded in death by siblings Christine Erwin, Mary Phillips, Lois Havens, Marie Matthews, and Howard Golden.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 63 years Garnett Carraway Jackson; son Perry Garnett Jackson (Terre Su Jackson); grandchildren Riley Carraway Jackson, Chapman Golden Jackson, Addison Britt Jackson, and Grantham Cole Jackson, all of Birmingham; sister Ruth Musick; nieces Gay Golden Atkinson, Teresa Garrett, Cindy Sanders, Billie Howard, Valerie Walton, Diane Havens, Norma Jean Stephens, Jere Lynn Jenkins; nephews Mike Phillips, Tim Phillips, Alan Erwin, Jeff Erwin, and Doug Jackson. Marlene was loved and will be missed by her family, friends and neighbors. The family is appreciative of her physicians, pastors, and caretaker from Affinity Hospice, Rosa Perry.
Funeral service was held Jan. 4, at 2 p.m., at Snead Funeral Home. Rev. Don Graham and Dr. Chris Lamb officiated. Burial followed at New Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Alan Erwin, Jeff Erwin, Tim Phillips, John Jenkins, Pete Golden, James Golden, and Freddy Golden serving as pallbearers. The family requests memorial donations to Bellevue Baptist Church, Gadsden, or Glen Iris Baptist Church, Birmingham.
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