Barbara Ruth Jackson of Pryor, was born on June 22, 1927 to Roy and Grace Roberson in Pawhuska. Barbara passed away on July 17, 2016 in Claremore. Her love of music followed her throughout her life. She had perfect pitch, so she could tell what note was being played without looking at the piano. Barbara graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University magna cum laude, where she helped teach music theory to returning service men from World War II. While at OBU rehearsing in the piano halls, Barbara met her future husband, Forrest Jackson. He loved to hear her play the piano. Forrest and Barbara were married on Aug. 11, 1951, and soon moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, where Barbara taught elementary school, while Forrest studied to be a pastor at Southwestern Baptist Seminary. She became the church pianist wherever Forrest would go. moved to Pryor, OK in 1966. Along the way, Barbara raised three children, Roy, Judy, and Jerry. She instilled her love of music in all three children.
In Pryor, Barbara became the elementary school music teacher at Roosevelt and Washington schools. She taught for 23 years in Pryor, putting on annual Spring Festivals, and bringing music to life for so many young children. She was named Pryor's "Teacher of the Year" in 1979, and in 1997, was inducted into the music educator's "Hall of Fame" by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Barbara was a local and state officer of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Barbara's biggest desire was to spread the love of Jesus. She and Forrest served and ministered at First Baptist Church-Pryor for 23 years. After Forrest's retirement in 1989 she continued playing the piano and teaching first grade Sunday School until 2006. She could make a list of songs, and play those songs by memory. Even though her memory had faded, the church hymns, patriotic songs, and school songs were still in her heart, and she blessed Clarebridge and Brookdale residents daily with her piano playing. She traveled to China for a month teaching English to Chinese children. During the trip, she introduced a young girl named Annie to the gospel, which she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Barbara loved Annie as a 3rd granddaughter, and Annie has stayed in touch with the Jackson family.
Barbara is survived by three children, Roy L. Jackson and spouse Connie, Judy L. Jackson, and Jerry R. Jackson; Two Grandchildren, Ashlee Elliott and spouse David, and Amy Ramage and spouse Daniel; Two Great Grandchildren, Faith and Josiah Elliott. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Forrest L. Jackson, parents Roy and Grace Roberson, and brother Gene Roberson.
Services are Wednesday, July 20, at 2PM at the First Baptist Church in Pryor. Rev. Scott Neighbors will officiate. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Barbara passed away on July 17, 2016 in Claremore. Services are entrusted to Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care in Pryor.
Published on July 19, 2016