Martha Ann Montgomery Jackson, a recent resident of Reflection Ridge Retirement Community in Wichita, went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2014, the day before Easter, at the age of 82.
She was born to Edgar Claude and Inez Weems Montgomery of Shamrock, Texas, on Dec. 29, 1931.
Martha graduated from Shamrock High School in 1950 and received her BA in Business Administration in 1954 from West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas, where she served as student body president. Martha worked as a secretary with the Humble Oil Company in Pampa, Texas. After two years, she joined the business department at Pampa High School, teaching typing and stenography. While teaching, she attended night classes at WTSC to earn an MBA. In 1958, she met her husband and life's best friend, Jim Jackson, at the First United Methodist Church in Pampa. They were married in July of 1960. Their son, Jim, was born in 1962 in Pampa. Their daughter, Jean Ann, was born in 1965, shortly after the couple had relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas. They moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1968, and then in 1973, moved to Parkersburg, where they lived for 40 years. Martha taught in the business department at Parkersburg South High School for 20 years, retiring in 1994. In 2013, she and Jim moved to Wichita, Kan., to be near their daughter and grandchildren. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, and was active in couples and ladies bridge groups, Delta Kappa Gamma and the South Retirees breakfast group. Martha was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Even though she was teaching full-time, Martha was exceptionally dedicated to providing her children with a successful launch from the nest. She approached everything in her life with enthusiasm and a resolve to make things better. She positively impacted many students during her 24 years teaching high school, and helped many more learn to swim through her work with American Red Cross water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Parkersburg area. She never quit on anyone who was trying to learn. Martha made friends easily and relished connecting with them through bowling, hands of bridge, discussing the Cowboys' prospects that year, attending concerts and shows, taking special trips and countless hours talking on the phone. Martha loved "getting up a group" to go do something fun. She was a straight-shooter, a fiercely loyal and attentive friend, and she leaves behind countless treasured friendships. She never met a dog she didn't like and was the chief spoiler of three in her adult life, Penny, Otis and Lucy Lou. Oh, to have been one of Martha's dogs!
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Bill J. Montgomery. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James L. Jackson; her son, James M. Jackson (Ann); and her daughter Jean Ann Ebright (Charlie). She is also survived by two grandchildren, Jackson Peter Ebright and Lily Sue Xin Ebright; and beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kan.
Martha will be buried in Shamrock, Texas. A memorial service and reception will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Parkersburg at a date to be announced later.
Downing & Lahey West. Tributes via www.dlwitchita.com