In Memoriam: Feb. 9

Anna Lee Jackson, 74, Vero Beach

Anna Lee Jackson, 74, of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. She was affectionately known as Annie once she moved to Florida.

She was always light hearted and enjoyed laughing and dancing. While we were children growing up, we heard many stories of the ornery things she and her twin sister would do and the laughs they had tricking people into thinking they were the other twin. She proved how adventurous she was by skydiving on her 60th birthday.

Annie was raised by her father’s sister, Zola Meade (Michael) Fantacone in Kansas City, Kan. Mom always wanted to be close to family so she moved several times. The many cities she lived in included, Kansas City, Tonganoxie, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Loveland, Colo., Gulfport Miss., and then finally to Vero Beach to be close to her son, Kenneth Smith, her twin sister, Bonnie Hubbard, and niece, Barbara DeForest.

Annie struggled with Alzheimer’s for the last 10-plus years of her life and will be missed immensely by her surviving children, Tina (Jeff) Boring, Kenneth (Gregg) Marconi-Smith, and Kevin (Robin) Smith; her sisters, Bonnie Hubbard (George DeForest Jr), Leona Sweat, Laura May (Roy) Yelvingtonher; her brother, Buddy (Mary) Rodenbaugh; her niece, Barbara (George) DeForest III; her nephews, Joseph (Kathy) Brull and Christopher (Krysti) Brull; her first husband, John L Smith; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edgar and Pearl Caspersen Tilden Meade; Aunt Zola Meade Fantacone; and many brothers and sisters; aunts and uncles; and the love of her life, William Wesley Jackson.

Celebration of Life will be held at the St Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington, Fla., on Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. She will be buried at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., on June 16, with her family present.

Donations can be made in Annie Jackson’s name to the Alzheimer /Parkinson Association where Annie spent many fun filled hours. www.alzpark.org

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