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She moved to Ava in 1954 Irene Jackson was born to Jesse Earl and Lavada Jane (Henson) Webber on May 30, 1921, at rural Verona. After a long illness, she departed this life on Aug. 16, 2006, from her home in Springfield, at the age of 85.
She was united in marriage to Edward Adrain Jackson on July 1, 1940. To this union three daughters were born.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Willis and husband, Toby, of Springfield, Dorothy Clouse and husband, Billy, of Mansfield, and Betty Euliss and husband, Gearl, of Springfield; 10 grandchildren, Dwight Willis and wife, Patti, Lisa Gott and husband, Eddie, and Darin Willis, all of Springfield, Regina Clouse, Nixa, Rodney Clouse and wife, Lynda, Ava, Ramona Cross and husband, Jason, of Buffalo, Rebecca Fleming and husband, Thomas, of Mansfield, LaDawna Simmons and husband, Eddie, of Strafford, James Euliss, Strafford, and Cyndi Euliss, Springfield; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Nadine Pugh and husband, Winfred, of St. Charles; four nephews; and other relatives and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Clarence Webber and Jay Webber, and three infant brothers.
Irene lived her adult life in and around the Cassville area until 1954 when she moved to Ava to enroll her daughters in school and to serve as matron and cook at the Mt. Zion Bible School. She was later employed by the Mansfield Hospital where she worked in the kitchen and housekeeping departments and Springfield Osteopathic Hospital in the housekeeping department until retirement.
A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Klinger Cope Family Funeral Home Chapel, Springfield. Burial was in Sparks Cemetery on U Highway near Butterfield, Mo.