Obituary of Carrie Elizabeth Jackson
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Carrie Elizabeth Jackson was born to Mary and Russell Ryker on November 18th, 1958. She was one of four sisters, Amanda Fleming, Claudia Shade, and Michelle Gorham.
Carrie was a woman of unimpeachable character, freely giving of herself in her endeavor to nurture her friends, family, students, and congregation. Hailing from a humble home, she learned how to sew, cook, garden, and handle household accounts out of necessity.
As an early career woman, she learned to make her own suiting. At a time when store-bought clothing was a luxury, Carrie saved up for the patterns to make her own clothes. That skill became an extension of how she would care for others, crafting altar clothes, a wedding gown, christening gown, everyday clothes and countless Halloween costumes for her sons, Barton Lee Jackson II and Allen Ford Jackson.
The same can be said of cooking. The kitchen was Carrie’s domain. She nurtured those skills as she nurtured her family. She took from cookbooks passed down and collected, and magazines procured. She improved upon those recipes, making her own changes until they were deemed perfected. Freely giving was her love language. Whether it was a family dinner or a holiday get-together, Carrie seemingly assembled wholesome meals from scratch with care, focus, and well-choreographed timing.
When love struck at first sight on the tarmac of the Boise airport, her skill at household matters and holding oneself accountable became the bedrock in her marriage to her husband, Bart Jackson. Fiercely intelligent, Bart’s own sense of discipline and accountability was honed by Carrie. Not as adversaries, but as two souls who unconditionally loved one another. In her giving nature, she grow with her husband and to all, it was difficult to discern Bart and Carrie as separate in any sense.
Education and critical thought were important to her. She ensured her children were raised well-educated. She would oversee homework, and even teach her boys after-hours when Allen or Barton struggled. Her own studies in Classical Latin and History at Boise State University came to bear. What evolved at home became Carrie’s longest career as a teacher at Eagle High School. She did not simply teach her students. She invested in them. Even after retirement, Carrie would have annual brunch meetings with former students, be invited to weddings, and would help make personal and professional connections if students moved away.
Perhaps the most deeply personal thing she gave freely was her voice. Crystalline and distinct, her family would often wake to the smell of breakfast and the sound of her practicing choir songs. Her children were often sung to sleep when disturbed in the middle of the night. And when all the doors and windows were open for Spring and Summer house chores, you could hear Carrie singing along to Annie Lenox.
Her Church family was deeply important to her. She sang in the Church choir and would do so until she was no longer physically able.
Carrie passed into the Lord’s care January 18th, 2023. Before succumbing to her battle with cancer, she traveled with friends and family, cherished new and final moments, and made sure those she loved would be okay. She left as Barton, Allen, and daughter-in-law Rochelle Jackson were gathered with her in the living room. She is survived by her sons, her stepdaughter Jennifer Teufel, grandsons Christopher and Ryker Teufel, her sisters Amanda Fleming, Michelle Gorham, and her mother Mary Ryker.
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