Claudia Jackson was born April 15, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan (parental mother the late Delores Bean, parental father George Cook). Her childhood education was in the public schools of Detroit. She moved to Louisiana at an early age where she met and married Leroy Jackson “Little Buddy “(deceased) they remained married for 53 years; to this union 16 Children were born. Claudia was loved by many and affectionately wore the name of “Madear”She was baptized and attended the Baptist church (Mount Zion and Star Light). She later joined the Grand Ole Church of God In Christ, moving back to Michigan and faithfully serving at the Woods Cathedral COGIC (Dr. Amos Woods, Sr). She loved the church, her God, her children and her poetry. She was a cheerful giver to all she met.She worked many years in DeRidder for Hixson Funeral home. She worked over 20 years for Unibar and the 36thdistrict courts in Detroit. Her dedication to work kept her occupied until she retired to a brief stay in Los Angeles, CA. Upon suffering a stroke she moved back to Detroit were she spent the remainder of her days.
Claudia Jackson departed this life on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Claudia was preceded in death by two children, Cicero Jackson and Maggie Mayes.
She leaves to cherish her memories; Father, George Cook of Detroit; MI., Eight sons Leroy Jackson, Jr., Prentiss Jackson, Monroe Jackson all of DeRidder, LA., Claude Edward Jackson of North Hollywood, CA, Darrell Jackson of Lafayette, LA, Paul(Vicki) Jackson of Dallas, TX, Eddie Jackson of Detroit, MI, Curtis Jackson of Detroit, MI; Six Daughters: Evelyn Jackson McCarty and Aretha (Ernie) Cortez of Los Angeles, CA, Delona Hunts Berry of Oklahoma City, OK., Flocecelia Jackson, Yulanda Jackson, Chiqutta Jackson of Detroit, MI. Forty-four(44,) grandchildren, eleven(11) great-grandchildren, three sisters: Addie Morgan, Joanne Clark, Charlotte (Charles) Jackson, one brother: Johnnie Cook all of Detroit, and favorite Aunt Tessie Doggett and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 29, 2009 at Community Cemetery in Merryville, Louisiana at 12 PM.