Ruby Jackson

COLUMBIA — Ruby Jackson wasn’t one to shy away from strangers.

“She was an extrovert,” said her son, Roy Jackson. “She was quite a magnetic personality.”

Ruby Nadine Jackson died on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 92.

She was born July 26, 1918, to Thomas and Eva Apperson in Eldon.

She married Murrel Jackson in July of 1937, and they were married for 60 years, until he died in 1997. Mrs. Jackson spent most of her adult life in Columbia.

She worked in retail at The Purple Shoppe and Park’s department store. Mrs. Jackson also became an owner of The Wholly Cow Creamery with her daughter, Linda Jackson.

“They always liked opening their own businesses and doing their own thing. Mom wanted something to do,” Roy Jackson said.

“It started as a service station that was for rent, just off of I-70," Roy Jackson said. "My mom and sister decided to open an ice cream and confectionery shop. They commissioned an artist to paint the service station with clouds and cows that had halos.”

“It was a popular place for a number of years,” Roy Jackson said of the ice cream shop.

They ran the store until they lost their lease, and the building has since been demolished.

“She loved people, and that’s why she got along so well in retail and in the ice cream store," Roy Jackson said.

Mrs. Jackson was a founding member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia, where her husband was a general contractor for the building.

“They started attending and became very active members,” Roy Jackson said. “My mom has been in love with the church ever since.”

Mel George, a former interim president of MU, and his wife were close friends of the Jackson family for many years. They met through attending St. Andrew's.

“She was a wonderful, strong, faithful, honest lady of integrity, and we will miss her a lot,” George said of Mrs. Jackson. “Sundays will not be the same without visiting her at her home.”

Mrs. Jackson is survived by her three children, Roy Jackson of Leawood, Kan., Judi Hourigan of Columbia and Linda Jackson of Wooldridge; five grandchildren, Shawn and Trevor Hourigan of Columbia, and Ashley Brown, Anne Marie Jackson and Brandt Jackson of Kansas City; three step-grandchildren, Jessica and Corrie DiBlasi and Monica Kircher; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Houligan, Miles Jackson and Annika Jackson of Kansas City.

Her husband, Murrel Jackson, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 914 West Boulevard S. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., with a reception to follow at St. Andrew's.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.

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