Elizabeth Waite Jackson died Jan. 12, 2014, just two days after celebrating her 98th birthday on Jan. 10.
“Lib” and Miss Lib” as she was known to her family and friends — and “Mam Maw” to her grandchildren and other youngsters — lived at her Grove Hill home until this past July when she fell and broke a hip. After surgery, she was moved to a nursing and rehab facility in Destin, Fla. where she was residing when she died.
She was a native of Grove Hill, born in 1916, and had lived there nearly her entire life except for a brief stint in Kansas when her husband, Harvey H. Jackson, was being trained in the cavalry during World War II and short times spent in Elmore County and Selma.
She was the daughter of William Quincy Waite Sr. and Jessie Fontaine Waite. She is the last of the Waite family in Grove Hill and probably Clarke County. The Waites were early settlers in the county.
She was a 1933 graduate of Clarke County High School. In 1942 she married Harvey H. Jackson of Elmore County who had come to Clarke County to teach vocational agriculture at CCHS after graduating from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, later Auburn University. They were married for 68 years before his death in 2010.
She was a civil servant, working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Grove Hill for years before retiring. Her husband taught school, ran a tractor company and was circuit clerk.
They enjoyed traveling, including spending time at their beach house in Seagrove, Fla.
Elizabeth Jackson was the oldest member of the Grove Hill United Methodist Church. She was church historian for years and faithfully maintained church records, including a copy of every Sunday bulletin.
She was a reader and a recorder. Old diaries dating to her high school days are written in shorthand. She was keeping a daily journal in Destin right up until the time she died.
“Miss Lib” knew as much or more about Grove Hill’s families and history than anyone. She had a vivid memory and could relate instances from the 1920s and ’30s with ease.
She is survived by a son, Harvey H. Jackson (Suzanne), Jacksonville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth Jackson, William Blackwell “Will” Jackson, and Kelly Leigh Jackson; a first cousin, Stella McCorquodale, Grove Hill; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, William “Bill” Jackson.
The funeral was held Jan. 15 at the Grove Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Cook, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Grove Hill Cemetery.
Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill was in charge of arrangements. (52-1tp)