Marguerite Obiedzenski Jackson age 90, died surrounded by family Monday, December 16, 2019. She was born in Middle Island, New York, July 10, 1929, to Frances Omelenski and Joseph Obiedzenski and was very proud of her Polish heritage. She retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1989 after 25 years of service and worked another 5 years as a Realtor for Truzzie Howard Realtors before finally retiring from all paid employment in 1994.
Marguerite remained very active in her retirement, working on the plants, flowers and trees she cultivated in her yard, even climbing in her trees to tend to them when she was into her 70's if she thought a limb needed cutting back. She also grew many plants inside including vast quantities of African violets leading to her giving away many so she would have room for more. When her health required her to cut back on more strenuous activity such as climbing in trees, she started doing crossword puzzles. She did one every day to keep her mind sharp. She bought crossword puzzle dictionaries to learn new words and subject areas. She started a notebook to keep notes on the new words and subjects as she learned them. She never did things by halves.
The only thing Marguerite loved more that her plants, flowers, trees and crossword puzzles was her kids--children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to fix their favorite foods, give them gifts, and dispense advice at every opportunity. She always kept a spare bedroom ready for when one of the kids or grandkids was in between jobs, underemployed or on the outs with their parents. Sometimes this invitation was open to friends of the kid, grandkid. There was always room for one more. Her generous heart was as big as Texas. She was very grateful for all that God had done for her as she reared her four children almost entirely alone. She could not imagine life without the help of God. She gave back by helping others. She taught her children to do the same.
Left to cherish her memory are her kids--daughter Irene Jackson; son Dennis Jackson and wife Helen; son Troy Jackson and wife Judy; daughter Becky Adams and husband Greg; grandson John Jackson and wife Michelle, their children the great-grandkids Abbigail, Benjamin and Lily; grandson Cody Hand; granddaughter Taylor Adams.