In memory of
Cynthia Lou Jackson
In memory of
Cynthia Lou Jackson
Cynthia Lou Jackson Jan. 4, 1945 - July 8, 2020 Cynthia Lou Jackson died peacefully at home July 8, 2020, surrounded by family. Cynthia lived with pancreatic cancer for six months after her initial diagnosis. One of her final wishes was to complete this life, at home with her family. She accomplished this wish, with the help of a wonderful home-based hospice care team, and lots of love, laughter, a magical berry celebration and many rich conversations. Cynthia was born in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 4, 1945, but grew up in Prescott, Ariz., with her sister and two brothers and her dear horse, Nellie. Cynthia attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a BS in Nursing in 1966. It was there, during her sophomore year, that she went on her first of many dates with Don. They married three years later June 2, 1967. They were married for 53 years, this June 2020. Cynthia and Don lived in Japan for two years, while Don was in the Navy and Cynthia worked as a nurse in the Naval hospital. Afterwards, Cynthia whet her appetite for world travel by spending seven months backpacking with Don through India, Greece, Turkey and other European countries. They settled in Portland to start a family. Cynthia continued working as a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital for a few years, before deciding to switch careers, to be a full-time stay-at-home mother to her sons, Trey and Sam. When the kids went off to college, Cynthia went back to work outside the home, first volunteering at Beyond War and Habitat for Humanity, then taking a job as an office administrator for a small engineering firm. During this time, she realized her desire to help at-risk and homeless women. She returned to school to get a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University, which she put to use for over a decade, helping women at Rose Haven and the Salvation Army. Cynthia loved to travel, ranging from hiking and camping with young kids in a VW bus, to her twice-annual trips to Mexico with Don, where they collected beautiful earrings, and made great friends. She was especially excited to share the world with her granddaughter, Simone; they were able to share treats on the streets of Paris, France and sketch together while on safari in Botswana. She loved watching Oscar play and grow during his first two years, and would have loved showing him the world. Cynthia had a special love for Africa and the Grand Canyon. Her family also shared many wonderful adventures together at Cynthia and Don's beach home in Gearhart, Ore. Cynthia will be remembered for her ability to see the good in all, her colorful scarves, hats and earrings, her infectious laugh, her love of family, and for her kind and accepting nature. Her cookies were loved by many. She loved art: creating, sharing, appreciating, and learning more. Towards the end of her life, she was especially fond of the color yellow. Cynthia's daily gratitude practice on Facebook inspired many people, some of whom she had never met. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Don; sons, Trey and Sam; daughters-in-law, Mary (Jane) and Rachel; and grandchildren, Simone and Oscar. She is also survived by her brother, Weston Wendling, of Littleton, Colo. If you wish, please make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank in Cynthia's name. She believed deeply in their mission. Plans are in the works for a (physically distanced/ Covid-aware) memorial. And hopefully, we will also have a celebration of Cynthia's life this December, in lieu of Don and Cynthia's annual Holiday Open House. Our wish is for Cynthia to have "fair winds and following seas" on this next phase of her journey. We (will) miss her dearly. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Cynthia Lou Jackson
Cynthia Lou Jackson Jan. 4, 1945 - July 8, 2020 Cynthia Lou Jackson died peacefully at home July 8, 2020, surrounded by family. Cynthia lived with pancreatic cancer for six months after her initial diagnosis. One of her final wishes was to complete this life, at home with her family. She accomplished this wish, with the help of a wonderful home-based hospice care team, and lots of love, laughter, a magical berry celebration and many rich conversations. Cynthia was born in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 4, 1945, but grew up in Prescott, Ariz., with her sister and two brothers and her dear horse, Nellie. Cynthia attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a BS in Nursing in 1966. It was there, during her sophomore year, that she went on her first of many dates with Don. They married three years later June 2, 1967. They were married for 53 years, this June 2020. Cynthia and Don lived in Japan for two years, while Don was in the Navy and Cynthia worked as a nurse in the Naval hospital. Afterwards, Cynthia whet her appetite for world travel by spending seven months backpacking with Don through India, Greece, Turkey and other European countries. They settled in Portland to start a family. Cynthia continued working as a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital for a few years, before deciding to switch careers, to be a full-time stay-at-home mother to her sons, Trey and Sam. When the kids went off to college, Cynthia went back to work outside the home, first volunteering at Beyond War and Habitat for Humanity, then taking a job as an office administrator for a small engineering firm. During this time, she realized her desire to help at-risk and homeless women. She returned to school to get a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University, which she put to use for over a decade, helping women at Rose Haven and the Salvation Army. Cynthia loved to travel, ranging from hiking and camping with young kids in a VW bus, to her twice-annual trips to Mexico with Don, where they collected beautiful earrings, and made great friends. She was especially excited to share the world with her granddaughter, Simone; they were able to share treats on the streets of Paris, France and sketch together while on safari in Botswana. She loved watching Oscar play and grow during his first two years, and would have loved showing him the world. Cynthia had a special love for Africa and the Grand Canyon. Her family also shared many wonderful adventures together at Cynthia and Don's beach home in Gearhart, Ore. Cynthia will be remembered for her ability to see the good in all, her colorful scarves, hats and earrings, her infectious laugh, her love of family, and for her kind and accepting nature. Her cookies were loved by many. She loved art: creating, sharing, appreciating, and learning more. Towards the end of her life, she was especially fond of the color yellow. Cynthia's daily gratitude practice on Facebook inspired many people, some of whom she had never met. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Don; sons, Trey and Sam; daughters-in-law, Mary (Jane) and Rachel; and grandchildren, Simone and Oscar. She is also survived by her brother, Weston Wendling, of Littleton, Colo. If you wish, please make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank in Cynthia's name. She believed deeply in their mission. Plans are in the works for a (physically distanced/ Covid-aware) memorial. And hopefully, we will also have a celebration of Cynthia's life this December, in lieu of Don and Cynthia's annual Holiday Open House. Our wish is for Cynthia to have "fair winds and following seas" on this next phase of her journey. We (will) miss her dearly. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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