JACKSON, M.T. GABREILLE 1932 -2015
Marie Therese Gabrielle (Gibby, Gabby, Gib) Jackson passed away peacefully January 23, 2015 at the age of 83 in the comfort of the Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Her birthday, just two days before, marked a 15 year journey with Alzheimer’s, and although every one of those years made her world ever smaller, Gabrielle never complained, living every day as selflessly as the one before.
Born in Masson, Quebec, January 21, 1932 to Waldick Duquette and Gabrielle Allan, young Gabrielle grew up in the Ottawa area before marrying Blair Jackson in 1954 and moving west to Vernon, B.C. In 1964, she moved to Coquitlam, B.C. where she raised her three children.
Gabrielle’s life was simple, yet complex. A favourite expression (especially as Alzheimer’s took hold) was “a little of this and a little of that” (or “comme si comme sa” when using her mother tongue), which in so many ways says much about the person she was.
Gabrielle will be remembered by family and friends as a kind and gentle soul, so willing to give and forgive. She cherished what she had rather than longing for what she didn’t and always put her children first, supporting them unconditionally in her quiet way.
Good friends will remember good times with Gibby curling, cross-country skiing, travelling and getting together to laugh. Gabrielle dressed meticulously, was dutiful to a fault, and loved leftovers.
Holding her memory dear is daughter, Suzanne Boyd (John Carlson); sons Todd (Kim) Jackson and Mark (Robbie) Jackson; and grandchildren Ashley Boyd, Shea and Layne Jackson, and Ashley and Natasha MacDonald; and Douglass Boyd.
The family would like to thank the compassionate staff at Evergreen Retirement Centre and Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary for providing Gabrielle with the best quality of life possible in her last years.
A public memorial service will be held at Como Lake United Church in Coquitlam, B.C., Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 1:00pm. Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in Gabrielle’s name would be gratefully accepted.