Nedra Jackson was an extraordinary woman who didn‘t rely on anyone for anything, said her longtime friend, Mimi Neaves.
Nedra Jackson, 98, of Crown Point, died Nov. 3. She as preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Jackson, in 1971. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Jackson, who passed away as a teenager.
Born and raised in Iowa, Jackson went to Chicago as a young woman be close to her sister and to pursue her dance career. It was there she met her husband, and the two performed dance and vaudeville routines together as Nedra & Jackson. They toured the United States and Canada during the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Neaves said.
“She had so many great stories of them touring the country together,” she said. “She had so many amazing photographs of herself during that time.”
Jackson took up bowling in 1960, and bowled until she was 96 years old. She would bowl as many as five nights a week, Neaves said, and was a well-known fixture to regular bowlers in the area.
She was a meticulously organized woman who had a place for everything, and even had kept her bowling score cards dating back into the 1960s, she said.
Jackson, a very petite woman, was always known for wearing her hair in a bun. She prided herself in being proper and mannerly, she said.
“She was the sweetest person in the world,” Neaves said. “She was a classy lady. When she smiled, it would light her whole face up.”