Gladys M. Jackson
Dec 2, 1933 - Jun 11, 2017
Gladys M Lyons arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on December 2, 1933, the last of five children born to Lona Mae Lyons. Her siblings were Robert Lee Lyons, Ruth Mae Gaines, Naomi Kathryn Green, and Esther Elizabeth Richardson.
In 1927 Glady’s mother had become a Seventh-day Adventist and a member of the Elmhurst Seventh-day Adventist Church. Gladys flourished in this atmosphere and became an active member of the Church. She joined the Pathfinder Club and worked her way up through many levels until she became a Master Guide.
However, one of her most memorable and effective ministries was working with the “Adventist Homeless Action Team” (AHAT) of which she was a Founding Member. This program was launched through the Elmhurst Seventh-Day Adventist Church and she, along with pastor Trevor Barnes Sr. worked tirelessly to provide diversified services to the population throughout the Bay Area. Her efforts did not go unnoticed within the Church and Community. She was awarded a plaque which recognized and acknowledged her unique services in ministry.
In 1955 Gladys married Dr. Ronald Holness and to this union was born three children. Ronald Holness II, Anthony Holness, and Rhonda Holness. Later she met and married the love of her life, Kenneth Jackson. She then became the parent to three other children, Kim, Karen, and Kathie, that she loved like her own.
Her commitment and philosophy that you “always give your best” overflowed in her profession with the State of California Employment Development Department. She worked with this agency for over 30 years serving as Job Agent Supervisor and later as a Manager. Her quiet professional spirit allowed her to communicate with each customer with respect and dignity. Her co-workers often marveled at her ability to stay calm and to use calming words in this often hostile environment.
Later, when she relocated to Sacramento, CA and joined the Capitol City Church, her active participation as a dedicated church member continued. She became the Inner City Leader and was passionate about sharing with the community. She held a Community Health Fair that drew people from the church and the community. She shared various health principles for all ages and demonstrated various ways to engage in a healthy eating lifestyle. She partnered with local health agencies that participated in the event and they too were impressed with the coordination and effectiveness of the event. With the encouragement of her employer, Gladys waltzed through coursework at Saint Mary’s College and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Management.
Gladys and her sister, Esther, both fell under the spell of Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, but Esther succumbed after only a few years. Gladys peacefully passed to her rest on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at The Meadows Living Center after a long illness. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by Kenneth Jackson, Ronald, Anthony, Rhonda, Alysia, Dalila, Shani, Ronald III, Cameron, Courtney, Robin, Alex and Eric and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, church members and her special friend, Nola Grice.
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