Opal Fern Jackson
February 1, 1931  -  July 8, 2017

Opal Fern Jackson

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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Funeral Services
West Side Church of Christ
2002 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at the West Side Church of Christ for Opal Fern Jackson of Hagerman, N.M.

Mrs. Jackson, 86, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Robert Bowles will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her family members.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Wednesday, July 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Opal was born February 1, 1931 to Walter C. and Josie (McCabe) Stone in rural Oklahoma as the last of eleven children. The times were hard and her dad paid the doctor a turkey for his assistance in ushering her into this world. Her family moved to Southeastern New Mexico when she was two. She attended Artesia schools.

On December 22, 1948 she married Carroll Jackson, Jr. in Roswell, N.M. They raised a family on the ranch near Cottonwood (and numerous doggie calves, sheep, and goats). He preceded her in death on September 16, 2009. She was also preceded in death by son Carroll Wade Jackson; siblings Walter C., Willie Lee, Howard, Leonard, Edward, Gladys, Ellen, Jean, Jessie, and Donnie Stone.

Opal was a homemaker and a member of the East Side Church of Christ in Dexter, N.M. She loved her grandchildren intensely, and enjoyed her church.

She is survived by daughters Effie Laman of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Carolyn (Edward) Lundie of Lancaster, California; and son John (Melinda) Jackson of Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Her grandchildren are: Sherry Thurston, Chrystal Watters, Garrett Woods, Lori Trammel, Carol Rae Laman, Kimberly Fry, Christi Drager, Allen Jackson, Matthew Jackson, and Julia Barnard. Her great grandchildren include A'lissa, Nathan, and Lexi Trammel; Joshua and Teagan Thurston; Kaylee, Harlee, and Riley Jackson; Lacey and Kierstan Grass; Austin and Adi Watters; Erin, Bo, and Wade Woods, and Jackson Prewett. There are many nieces and nephews, with the Blevins, Wood, and Jackson families intertwined in our diverse tapestry.

We are so appreciative of the care given by Heartland Hospice and Ruth Haney these last few weeks.


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  1. BELLE McCabe johnston
    Snyder, TX

    Rest in peace sweet lady

  2. Carolyn Opfer
    San Antonio,

    Opal was a friend of my mother's and her children, friends of my cherished little sister, Rosemarie. I remember Dolly Jackson, being a friend of my sister Janice. This family has given much to the communities of the Pecos Valley.
    Opal Jackson will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  3. Riley Norris
    South Fork, CO

    Sorry to hear about Opal's passing. She was a dear friend of my Mom and Dad, George and Opal Norris of Hagerman.

  4. Juhree Smith Cope
    Carlsbad, NM

    So sorry to hear about Opal. My dad (Riley Smith) thought a lot of her and Carol. I'm sure that they are all have a great time together now share old stories.

  5. Greg Watson
    Ridgecrest, CO

    Effie, may God grant you comfort, strength, healing, and continued happy memories. Sincere condolences.

  6. Laci Grass
    Copperas Cove, TX

  7. John Howell
    Clovis, NM

    We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord hold your family in his hands and give you peace.

  8. Coleman & Brenda Jackson
    Lake Arthur, NM

    Our Condolences!

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