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


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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