For two decades, Granny Jack volunteered with the Foster Grandparent Program in Sacramento, Calif. She spent 20,000 hours teaching kindergarteners how to read and aiding disabled children.
Granny Jack was born in Alabama in 1914, orphaned at 3 years old and widowed twice. While raising her only child, she earned an associate of arts degree in social work and became active in community service organizations. After she retired and moved to Sacramento, Granny Jack became a foster grandmother at Greenhaven Nursing Home, Bear Flag Elementary and Luther Burbank High School.
“My mom was the soul of compassion and generosity. There were no boundaries in her caring and sharing and she will be remembered — and sadly missed — by everyone whose lives she touched,” her son Gerald Bryant said.
Juanita Jackson (a.k.a. Granny Jack) died on Jan. 16 of complications from a stroke at the age of 89. A scholarship fund has been set up in her honor.