Mrs. Lois Gwendolyn Jackson was born on July 26, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama to Willie Alphonso Harper Sr. and Margaret Virginia Harper. She was the second of seven children.
Lois graduated from A. H. Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1948. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the First Baptist Church of Eureka under Pastor G. T. Townsel.
In 1947, Lois met Mr. Elmer Jackson. They were united in holy matrimony on June 25, 1950. Out of this union, four children were born.
In 1964, Lois and Elmer moved their family to Portland, Oregon. Shortly after, she united with Mt. Olivet Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until her death. She was a member of the Oasis Ministry and faithfully attended the Wednesday Midday Bible Service. Lois loved spending quality time with her children and family as well as attending gospel musicals and traveling.
In 2012, Lois’ health began to decline. During this time, she was cared for by her children, family members and dedicated caregivers until the Lord called her home on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her home.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and one brother, Willie Alphonso (Peter) Harper Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Tyrone (Sandra) Jackson, Birmingham, AL, three daughters, Joyce (Darnell) Lowery, Ridgefield, WA, Constance Harris, Portland, OR and Marilyn (Herman) Riles, Temecula, CA; one brother, Edgar (Charlesta) Harper Sr., Birmingham, AL; four sisters, Annie M. (Carl) Harris, Portland, OR, Constance Sharpe, Dunwoody, GA, Mary H. (Charlie) Hardy, Birmingham, AL and Linda H. (Ralph) Wright, Dunwoody, GA; one sister-in-law Elizabeth Harper, Atlanta, GA; seven grandsons, David Jackson, Anthony (Erika) Lowery, Jason (Melissa) Lowery, Quinton Riles, Reginald (Brandi Belz) Harris, Phillip Riles and Nathan Riles; one granddaughter, Ashley Heard; four great- grand-daughters, six great grandsons, one great-great granddaughter, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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