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Marlene Jackson, 78, of Columbus, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Keepsake Village of Columbus.
Born in Whiteland, on Sept. 24, 1935, Marlene was the daughter of Adrian and Christine (Brunnemer) Mitchell.
Mrs. Jackson was a graduate of Trafalgar High School in 1952. She majored in journalism at Franklin College, where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.
Marlene formerly was employed with the State Board of Accounts in Indianapolis and The Daily Journal in Franklin. She retired from Reliance Electric in Columbus and later worked for the family-owned business, Jackson Tax Service.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus for about 42 years.
She enjoyed writing short stories, poems and articles, some of which were published.
She loved camping with her family and traveled to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. She also traveled to Europe, South America and Africa.
She loved birds, wildflowers and gardening and was a member of the Audubon Society.
She enjoyed walking daily, riding her bike, playing golf and tennis and dancing with her husband. She attended various festivals, concerts, plays and musicals with her loved ones.
She married Glenton “Del” Jackson on Jan. 15, 1956.
Survivors include her spouse of 58 years, Del Jackson; their children, Susan (Rick) Chelone of Tillamook, Oregon, Tony (Tammy) Jackson of Columbus and Becky Morrison
of Taylorsville; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Mike Mitchell of Trafalgar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adrian and Christine Brunnemer Mitchell; and her nephew, Mark Mitchell of Trafalgar.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington St. in Columbus, with Dan Wallace officiating. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum in Columbus.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Keepsake Village of Columbus, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the Jackson family and a video tribute may be viewed at www.barkesweaverglick.com.