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Delores Jackson

June 19th, 1936 - October 28th, 2015

An elegant, determined woman - Delores Purnell Jackson (1936-2015) (cover photo by Eloise Whitten, Detroit, Mich.) Delores Jackson passed away on October 28, 2015 at age 79, due to complications from kidney failure. Memorial services for Delores Jackson will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at City on the Hill Church, 7483 Arapahoe Rd. (at the corner of 75th), Boulder, CO 80303. www.CityOnTheHill.com. For those unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/user/CityOnTheHillBoulder. Delores Purnell was born in 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee to Jessie Purnell and Delores Mosby. She was a majorette and played basketball in high school, earning a full college scholarship. She also played piano and sang in church. She was swept off her feet by a young enlisted man also from Memphis, Nathaniel Jackson, and they married in April of 1955. Their son Melvin and their daughter Theonita came along in the next couple of years, as the family moved from base to base in Atlanta, Chicago, Germany and Texas, finally settling in Colorado Springs. While Nathaniel served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, Delores cared for the children and went back to school, where her aptitude for math and science soon emerged. As a civilian employee of the U.S. Army, Delores was one of the first African-American women to win annual awards for excellence as a computer programmer analyst. She was active in politics and with the National Association for Female Executives. She also volunteered with the Sacramento Federal Women's Program Council. Delores always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to owning properties in Colorado Springs, she managed their family restaurant, Jack's Diner. Their late-night menu featured the best soul food in town, and their "Jackburgers" were famous. The recipe is lost to history. Delores finished her 27-year career as a civilian employee of the United States government at the Sacramento Army Depot. There in northern California, she enjoyed the company of close friends and family, vacations in Monterey Bay, the attractions of Lake Tahoe, and the perfect climate. She was a passionate fan of Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner. She enjoyed the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" and other musical productions that showcased great black women who overcame life's challenges. She was preceded in death by her dearest half-sister Velma Denise LaCour, nee Carter of Portland, Ore. She is survived by her children Melvin and Theonita (son-in-law Steven), grandchildren Safinia, Gabriel, Chakel and Otto, and Michael, nieces and nephews and many people who are grateful for her friendship and indomitable attitude. Favorite Old Testament verse: Psalm 23 Favorite New Testament verse: Mark 5:25-34 "A Woman Healed" Favorite Hymn: "Amazing Grace" Favorite Spiritual: "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (Thomas A. Dorsey) Favorite popular song: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Ashford & Simpson) In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org. Your memories of Delores and any photos or short videos you have would be most welcome at the online memorial. Please tell your "Delores" story at www.bluemountainmortuary.com/obituaries. �Service Information A service summary is not available

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<strong>Dorothy Hill</strong> - November 11, 2015 at 04:34 PM

Dorothy Hill lit a candle in memory of Delores Jackson

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<strong>Ken Enneking</strong> - November 04, 2015 at 06:13 PM

I love to give credit where it is do. Thank you Lord for the blessing Delores gave to this earth in her loving children. Many blessings to her in eternity Lord.

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Lonnie C Poindexter, Jr. - November 08, 2015 at 06:02 PM

I will always cherish my memory of Aunt Delores who I would affectionately call Aunt "D". She always had an encouraging word to share or a special gift at Christmas time. She would even go through the painstaking process of cooking her world famous chitterlings just for me at Christmas time. We will miss you Aunt D. But we know you are now where there is no more suffering and you are now interceding on our behalf with the heavenly host. Our love to you always...........Lonnie C. Poindexter, II

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Maxine Huggins and Gloria Gilmore - November 09, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Maxine Huggins and Gloria Gilmore purchased the Florist Choice Bouquet for the family of Delores Jackson.

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Janice Culver - November 04, 2015 at 10:17 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your mother's/grandmother's passing. She was a sweet and accomplished lady, and I know she'll be missed terribly. I pray the Lord's comfort and peace for all of you. Much love, Janice Culver.

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<strong>Janice Culver</strong> - November 04, 2015 at 10:17 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your mother's/grandmother's passing. She was a sweet and accomplished lady, and I know she'll be missed terribly. I pray the Lord's comfort and peace for all of you. Much love, Janice Culver.

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<strong>Maxine Huggins and Gloria Gilmore</strong> - November 09, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Maxine Huggins and Gloria Gilmore purchased the Florist Choice Bouquet for the family of Delores Jackson.

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Ken Enneking - November 04, 2015 at 06:13 PM

I love to give credit where it is do. Thank you Lord for the blessing Delores gave to this earth in her loving children. Many blessings to her in eternity Lord.

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<strong>Lonnie C Poindexter, Jr.</strong> - November 08, 2015 at 06:02 PM

I will always cherish my memory of Aunt Delores who I would affectionately call Aunt "D". She always had an encouraging word to share or a special gift at Christmas time. She would even go through the painstaking process of cooking her world famous chitterlings just for me at Christmas time. We will miss you Aunt D. But we know you are now where there is no more suffering and you are now interceding on our behalf with the heavenly host. Our love to you always...........Lonnie C. Poindexter, II

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Joyce Blackburn - November 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

I will always feel blessed to have known Delores. She and I shared hours of fun talk on the phone with a lot of laughs. I so admired her courage to fight her struggles with her health, always with a positive outlook. When I first heard of her passing I cried briefly, but then rejoiced to know she was well and happy in a beautiful mansion talking and laughing with her loved ones gone before. She will be missed. We will meet again.Prayers of comfort to her family.Joyce and Dale Blackburn

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Dorothy Hill - November 11, 2015 at 04:54 PM

To the Jackson FamilyDelores and I met in 1985, in Sacramento, Ca. Where we became and remained very close friends. I know she will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Our prayer and thought are with you today. Love, Dorothy and Ulysses Hill.

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Dorothy Hill - November 11, 2015 at 04:34 PM

Dorothy Hill lit a candle in memory of Delores Jackson

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<strong>Dorothy Hill</strong> - November 11, 2015 at 04:54 PM

To the Jackson FamilyDelores and I met in 1985, in Sacramento, Ca. Where we became and remained very close friends. I know she will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Our prayer and thought are with you today. Love, Dorothy and Ulysses Hill.

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<strong>Joyce Blackburn</strong> - November 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

I will always feel blessed to have known Delores. She and I shared hours of fun talk on the phone with a lot of laughs. I so admired her courage to fight her struggles with her health, always with a positive outlook. When I first heard of her passing I cried briefly, but then rejoiced to know she was well and happy in a beautiful mansion talking and laughing with her loved ones gone before. She will be missed. We will meet again.Prayers of comfort to her family.Joyce and Dale Blackburn

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