Rose Suzette ‘Suzi’ Jackson

Memorial services for Rose Suzette (Suzi) Jackson, 71, Lawrence, will be Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 PM, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  Suzi died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Bloomington, Ill., the daughter of Roland Francis and Ethel Marie Miller Smith.  She graduated from University High in Columbia, Mo., and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri.  She later earned her Master’s degree and Specialist in Education degrees from Pittsburg State University.  Mrs. Jackson taught elementary school in Missouri and Kansas for 34 years, retiring in 1998.  After retiring, she did substitute teaching for Lawrence Public Schools.  She was a member of the National Education Association, and enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and her dogs.

She married Joseph B. Jackson on Dec. 28, 1968.  He preceded her in death in 1997.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Hannah Taylor.  Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Ann Jackson Taylor and husband Christopher, and Carrie Jackson, all of Lawrence; a brother, Michael Smith and wife Kathleen, Jackson, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Olivia, Joseph, and Madeline Taylor.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, or Harvester’s, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.  Online condolences may be sent at