April 4, 1917 ~ February 10, 2010
Well-known Atlanta artist Elizabeth J. Jackson, 92, who was recognized for her exceptional oil and pastel paintings signed "Liz" and who was a life-long Atlanta resident, passed away February 10, 2010 after an extended illness. Born at Emory University Hospital on April 4, 1917 to her parents, the late John Marion Jackson and his wife the late Susan Tallulah Beavers Jackson, she spent a happy childhood growing up with two older brothers and three older sisters at their Victorian home near the Decatur Square where she rode her pony, chased her dogs, and cuddled her cats. Libba, as she was called by her family and friends, had a wonderful disposition, a warm smile, and an engaging sense of humor. An avid reader, she was also blessed with a great talent for drawing and painting. She attended Glenwood Elementary School, Decatur High School, and Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia. Mrs. Jackson and her husband, the late Ralph Alexander Jackson, shared their love of and enthusiasm for art and travel, attending and participating in art shows, visiting art galleries, and painting and exhibiting their own works of art locally as well as in Mexico. For many years, they were actively involved in Atlanta's annual spring Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park as well as in the High Museum of Art. After retiring from the Gold Kist Corporation as a long-time administrative assistant, Mrs. Jackson continued to paint, yet she also became an adventurous world traveler. She especially delighted in her trips to France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, England, and Italy. Mrs. Jackson is survived by her nephews Dr. William Amis Paula of Atlanta; Dr. Thomas Carpenter Margaret of Blowing Rock, NC; Van Carpenter Cissy of Orlando, FL; Dewey Scarboro, Jr. Gil of Winchcombe, England; and Samuel Scarboro, Sr. Beth of Roswell, GA; and by her nieces Ruth Amis Clark Niles of Newberry, SC; Fran Lowrimore "Dub" of Hemingway, SC; Donna Dries of Elkins, NH. Tracy Dean of Skaneateles, NY; Melissa Deas of Bristol VT and Melany Deas of Traverse City, MI, as well as a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and their children.