Mary Louise Jackson loved and cared for all people, her daughter Cinder Bailey said.

“She met no strangers; she would leave a lasting impression wherever she went,” Bailey said. “Mother spiritually adopted all children. Her birthday, Mother’s Day and other holidays, the cards and gifts were from many.”

Jackson, 79, of Hermanville, Miss., formerly of Hammond, showed love in a way that people knew she loved them without her saying the word, Bailey said.

Jackson was patient, nurturing and had a strong faith in God, Bailey said.

“Mother had a way of keeping the family, her number one priority, close,” Bailey said. “She made sure that her biological children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews felt that any conversation with her would be comfortable. It was important to her that we remembered to always be close, work hard to succeed and always keep the faith.”

Jackson taught her five children to love each other unconditionally, to follow their dreams, to hold their heads high, to survive off of small things, to appreciate anything they receive, to feel blessed and to rely on God’s words for comfort, Bailey said.

“She would always say to us, ‘God is able,’” Bailey said.

In Hammond, Jackson worked as a manager at a cleaner’s and as a crossing guard. After moving to Mississippi, Jackson took on the job of enjoying her life and living it to the fullest, Bailey said. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, gardening , watching sports and making pretty things, Bailey said.

In Hammond, Jackson belonged to and was president of the Ladies Auxiliary and to the Heroine of Jericho. A member of the Order of Eastern Star, in Mississippi Jackson continued her membership under her daughter’s leadership.

Most of all, Jackson’s family will miss spoiling her, talking to her, her laughter, advice and “her special way of calling each of us to make sure we were in place at night,” Bailey said.

Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.