Elma Viola Jackson 85, was called home by the Lord on February 26, 2018 in the caring embrace of her
family and the staff of Good Shephard Hospice and Asbury Park Greenhouse in Newton. Elma Viola
Jackson was born February 9, 1933 in Newton, Kansas to proud parents Ora Vergil and Ethel Mae
(LaGree) Lough. She was a twin to Elva Leota Esau born February 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 3 sons and 3 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, 9 years as a pharmacy
clerk at Wilson Drug Store and 2 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, KS. 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 & Ethel Lough, sister Elva Esau, sons M.
Scott Jackson and Darrell Dean Jackson, daughter Nancy E. Wells, grandchild Jennifer Roach and greatgrandchild
Christopher Arrowsmith. She is survived by her children Carol (Kenneth) Drake of Towanda,
Randy Jackson, Beverly(William) Roach all of Newton, 12 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 6 step great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Elma’s life will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018 at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Norman Tillotson presiding. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday March 4, 2018 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family interment will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery near Perth, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Asbury Park “Care Club” in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Beautiful Tribute for a beautiful soul. You will be dearly missed.
I will love you always Grandma, I will always cherish our talks about Jesus and you were always in my corner, always supportive about my raising my boys in a christian homeschool setting. I know you have many crowns to place before Jesus. I give praise and thanks to Jesus for allowing me to have so much time with you. See you soon.
What a wonderful tribute to your Mother. I didn’t realize she was in Sugar Belles Cake club so was I. She will be missed, but she will be walking and dancing all over heaven with so many of her friends to visit with,
Carol your mom has a treasure full of experiences in this world. What a special lady she was. This tribute is inspiring to read and a testimony of her love for Jesus and the opportunities she was given in her time on earth. Now she’s passed on to her eternal life of joy with our Lord in Heaven.
I was glad I got to meet your Mother at the Red Hat events. This was a wonderful tribute about her life. So sorry for your loss.