Nannie Virginia Greene “Nan” Jackson, died Thursday March 26, 2020. She was ninety-eight years old.
She was born on October 2, 1921, in the Township of Franklin, Howard County, Missouri to Albert Henry Greene and Rose Bell (Burris) Greene. Nan was the third of seven children born to this union. She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, all of her siblings, and her beloved son, Jay Linn.
Nan received her primary education in the New Franklin, Missouri and Boonville, Missouri public schools, graduating from Sumner High School in Boonville, Missouri in 1941. She graduated from Lincoln University in June 1945 with a B.S. in Education. She often spoke of how her college education was financed by the pecan trees on the family farm and with the help of her brothers.
Nan began teaching at Sumner School in Boonville in 1945. She continued her studies at Colorado State College in Greeley Colorado where she obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Education in August 1949. Upon relocation to Kansas City, Missouri, Nan began teaching second grade in the Kansas City Public Schools. In 1951, she was selected to serve on the Production Committee No. 2 in the Central District for the purpose of assisting in writing new Elementary Courses of Study. She taught at Attucks School under the tutelage of Mrs. Mary L. Watrous. During her career, Nan also served as a Reading Consultant for the District and she was recognized as an Outstanding Educator. She continued to seek excellence by continuing her studies at the University of Missouri at Columbia/ Kansas City and Avila College. After thirty-two years of teaching, Nan retired in June 1984.
She married James Henry Jackson on December 26, 1954, in Boonville, MO. They welcomed one son, Jay Linn Jackson, to that union.
Nan and James united with Second Baptist Church at 10th and Park, in 1956 under the pastorship of
Dr. E.E. Chappelle. Nan taught Sunday School for many years and ultimately served as Superintendent of the Sunday School Department. Additionally, Nan was a dedicated member of the B.T.H & H Club, Decorating Committee, Banquet Ministry and Social Service Ministry. She so missed attending services in her later years. She loved to travel. She loved fashion and was impeccable in her style. Nan was also involved in the community. As a member of the Swope Parkway S.P.R.O.U.T.S. Auxiliary, she was instrumental in the historical development of the Swope Parkway Health Center. Nan was especially proud of her work as a Hallmark Cards model. She loved golf and played well into her eighties. She was also an avid sports fan, especially of her Kansas City Chiefs, and a news enthusiast.
Nan leaves to cherish her memory several nieces and nephews, her caretaker, Vanita Massey, former students, friends, neighbors, and her Second Baptist Church family.
Interment Friday, April 3, 2020 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
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