Margaret “Ruthie” Jackson, 96, of the Lake Geneva area passed away peacefully just five days before her 97 birthday on March 14, 2023, at Geneva Lake Manor.
Margaret Ruth Jackson was born on March 19th, 1926 in Low Moor, Iowa, to the late William R and Margaret (Saltmarsh) Blake. Margaret, or Ruthie as she was known to friends and family, attended High School in Clinton, Iowa. After High School Ruthie then attended Northwestern University’s School of Journalism from which she graduated in 1947. After graduation Ruthie worked at the DM Register.
On July 31, 1948, Ruthie married Lloyd G. Jackson and lived in Iowa City while Lloyd attended Law School. While Lloyd served in Korea, Ruthie earned her Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Ruthie was a talented writer and raised her five children in Iowa.
Ruthie is survived by her four children: David (Lillian) Jackson, Carrie (John) Jackson, Jeff Jackson, and James (Karen) Jackson. Eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive her. Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, her son Scott Jackson, and her only sister Hortense Blake.
Ruthie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Geneva Manor Staff. Ruthie lived her last four and half years at the manor. Her days were filled with love, caring, and compassion. Many memorable walks, Uno and Bingo games were shared with the staff, residents, and her beloved son James.