MU art student dies

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CDT; updated 2:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 29, 2013

COLUMBIA — The MU flag flew at half-staff Friday in honor of senior art student Emily Jackson 23, who died in her off-campus home Thursday.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, 1201 W. Helm St. in Brookfield. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. that night. Miss Jackson will be buried in Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield.

Eddie Adelstein, medical examiner for Boone County, cited a "natural disease process that resulted in her death." No foul play was involved.

Miss Jackson graduated from Lebanon High School in 2008 and came to MU to study art. She planned to graduate in May with a bachelor of fine arts.

"Everyone in the department feels that she was a wonderful student," said Jo Stealey, an MU art professor who teaches fiber art classes. "She took her studies very seriously, but she also was a wonderful friend to everyone."

Assistant Teaching Professor Claire Stigliani had Miss Jackson as a student in her senior seminar and watercolor classes.

She said Miss Jackson had compassion toward everyone she met, a constant smile and a sense of humor.

"You couldn't find one person who knew her who would say anything bad about her," Stigliani said.

Even when she'd tell Stigliani that she was having a tough day, she would come in the next day and be just fine. 

Stigliani's senior seminar class is working to put on an art show displaying pieces of each student's work the Friday before graduation.

"I imagine that the show and the rest of her class is really going to be marked by her absence," she said.

Miss Jackson was also a student manager of Rollins Dining Hall.

An obituary in the Linn County Leader lists these survivors: her parents, Keith and LaDonna Jackson of Linneus; one brother, Jonathan Carl “J.C.” Jackson of Linneus; her grandparents, Kathleen Hirter of Savannah, Mo., and James D. and Willadean Jackson of Jefferson City; her boyfriend, Kevin Gross of Columbia; and uncles and aunts, Loren and Elaine Hirter of Savannah, James M. and Carol Jackson, of West Chester, Ohio, and Jill and Mike Brittingham of Macon.

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