Nina Jim Jackson
Nina Jim Jackson
June 7, 1930 - January 11, 2018
Nina Jim (Polly) Blackwell Jackson, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt left the bounds of this earth Thursday, January 11, 2018 to joyously reunite with loved ones, where she will be pain free.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Lunnís Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Tuesday, January 16, from 6:00 until 7:00 at Lunnís.
Nina was born in Denton County, Texas June 7, 1930, to Thelma Jane and James Hollis Blackwell. She attended high school and college in Denton, earning her high school diploma at the age of 16 and her Bachelorís degree from Texas State Teacherís College (now Texas Womenís University). Nina payed for her college education by raising and selling calves from her daddyís herd. She was a life-long learner and hard worker, who instilled these values in her children. Nina graduated in the first class of Speech ďTeachersĒ at TSTC and was the first teacher of speech in Wichita Falls, recruited to the area by the Wichita Falls public school system and Mr. Tom B. Medders in 1951.
Shortly after her arrival in Wichita Falls, she married Warren Smith Jackson, an air force veteran who served our country proudly during WWII. Nina and Warren (Jack) married in Aubrey, Texas January 25, 1951. They were married for 54 years, raising and enjoying four children. Family was of utmost importance to Nina and Jack, another worthwhile value imparted to their children. She was the heart and soul of her family, hosting large family meals and get-togethers, and always welcoming her childrenís friends to their home. Nina loved and enjoyed her work, but her children and family were her top priority.
She began working in the Wichita Falls public schools in 1951 as well as the Crippled Childrenís Center (now the North Texas Rehabilitation Center). She remained as a Speech/Language Pathologist at the Rehab Center for over 50 years, serving countless young children and adults with speech and language difficulties. She was a friend, mentor, and guide to many young therapists, as she pioneered the field of Speech Pathology. Primarily, she was an advocate for any person with a disability, young or old. She gravitated to those individuals most in need of a friend or in need of care, love and support. She created a Sunday school class at Grant Street Methodist Church for individuals with closed head injuries, and hosted support groups for stroke survivors, as well as helping families teach their children how to talk. While at the Rehab Center, Nina wrote and obtained the first grant for the Wichita Falls area to help babies and young children with developmental delays. The program remains in existence today as the Early Childhood Intervention Program of Helen Farabee Centers. In the late 60ís Nina earned her Masterís degree in Counseling from Midwestern State University and become a licensed counselor, working with families of those with disabilities, as well as continuing her role as Speech/Language Pathologist.
Nina was a joyful person, an innovator and pioneer, and a selfless, caring humanitarian. Her genuine kindness and humility, encouragement of others, and laughter brought much brightness to othersí lives. Her ability to teach, whether as a mother, speech pathologist, counselor, or Sunday school teacher, was unsurpassed. She was a member of the Altrusa Club of Wichita Falls, a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts, a softball coach, and an avid supporter of her children and grandchildrenís activities. Nina is preceded in death by her husband, Warren S. Jackson, her parents Thelma and James Blackwell, her sister, Anna Briggs and brother, Dale Blackwell.
She is survived by her sister, Oleta Kate Bridges, her children and their spouses, Rodney and Dee Jackson, Randy and Katherine Jackson, Charlcie and Steve Flinn, and Deedy and Ted Conrady. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren and their spouses: Dan Conrady, LeeAnn and Josh Helmcamp, Valerie and Alan Petro, Abbie and Bobby Duncan, Garnet and Erica Jackson, Cuyler and Kelsey Flinn, Anna Jackson, Rachel Conrady, Katie Conrady, Brand Daves, and Brandon McAfee, and 9 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Helen Farabee Centerís ECI Program, North Texas Rehab Center, or Hospice of Wichita Falls.