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NABSW Mourns the Loss and Celebrates the Life of Judith "Judy" Jackson, Our First Female President

Monday, October 12, 2015   (10 Comments)
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NABSW Mourns the Loss and Celebrates the Life of Our First Female President
Judith "Judy" Jackson

which occurred on Friday October 9, 2015 
Public Viewing
Friday October 16, 2015
Plymouth United Church of Christ
600 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Home Going Celebration

Saturday October 17, 2015
Family Hour 10:00AM
Homegoing Service 11:00AM
Plymouth United Church of Christ
600 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you make a donation to:

Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc.
3360 Charlevoix Street
Detroit, MI 48207
Neighbor Service Organization
882 Oakman Blvd. Suite C
Detroit, MI 48238
Please keep the family of Sis. Judy in your thoughts and prayers.  NABSW will post additional information if and when it becomes available.  


KY South Central Kentucky ABSW says...
Posted Monday, October 26, 2015
You must be willing to die in order to live. - Yoruba Proverb Judith Jackson has definitely lived with the trailblazing contributions she has lended to NABSW and society as a whole. Judith Johnson, our ancestor, you will be missed. Peace and Blessings to Sis. Jackson's family and Chapter from ABSW of SC Kentucky
Barbara Breckenridge says...
Posted Saturday, October 17, 2015
It is with love that we remember our sister Judith Jackson. Not only as a pioneer by being the first women president of our organization but also as the sincere, smart organizer and thinker. She was the kind of person who left you with a cheerful smile and a graciousness that lifted our hearts. We will miss her but will take all she taught us with us. Thank you Judy. To her family we give you our love and comfort and the knowledge that this was a person who made a difference in this world.
Larry Hayes says...
Posted Friday, October 16, 2015
There was a time when there was no Judith Jackson and that time has come again. She will be remembered for what she did while she was here with us. In the mother land it is said when a great person becomes an ancestor, there live was like that of a tree. Judith was a mighty tree. That mighty tree has fallen, leaving a lost that can never be filled. Judith like the mighty tree, provided comfort and peace for many. Confidence is only as good as the place where you leave it and Judith was that safe place. She gave us all a thousand smiles for free. Judith will forever be remember as the first to accomplish the many task she so graciously dare to take on. She providing guidance and directions to all who can to her with a concern. Judith leaves us all with many dreams and stories to remember. I feel blessed to have known Judith Jackson and truth that many of you feel the same. Larry Hayes
Myrtle W. Ferrande (Watson) says...
Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Beloved sister - resting in peace! You will be missed in your physical body but your spirit lives on. We are grateful for your pioneering spirit and all the hard word that you've done. At church I'll miss your beautiful mink coat that you wore so well. You are loved and strong prayers are being offered for those you've left behind. Rest - the Holy Spirit is with them. Myrtle Watson Ferrande
Jacquelyn Basden says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
Our lives have been enriched by our sister's leadership, courage and resilience. NABSW was dear to her heart as was the community. Let's continue to carry the torch that she shared with us during her earthly journey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family....In the spirit of Harambee!!!! Sis. Jacquelyn Basden, NYC chapter
Jacquelyn Jenkins Nash says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
Heroes are courageous, compassionate, loving, go beyond, willing to listen, carry the burden and take notice of the goodness in others. Judy was our hero because she showed all those characteristics in her earthly walk. She lead us well and left a legacy in our organization that will guide others in making the world a better place. God has a special way of letting us know when we have done what He sent us to do, He allows us to return to Him. Thank you goes to her family for allowing Judy to do what she was sent here to do and allowing her to follow the path God put before her. We will celebrate her life and try to be just a little bit better in our daily walk, because of Judy's presence in our lives. May God bless and keep you as you travel thru this difficult time. Jacksonville Chapter of ABSW!
Tawana Ford Sabbath says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
Walter and Tawana Sabbath of Philadelphia are praying for you, family, as you say farewell to our sister. Walter is from Detroit and was so proud that a Detroiter was leading our organization. We enjoyed the style and class of Sister Judith Jackson. Her strong administrative skills and approachability made for the right combination for our first woman president at the national level. We thank you for letting us share her for so many years. God bless you with perfect peace as you adjust to life on earth without Judith's physical presence. Tawana Ford Sabbath, Membership Chairperson, Alliance of Black Social Workers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Naimah Muhammad O'Neal says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
Naimah Oneal Says To the family of our Sister, I would like to express my sympathy. Her presents on earth was a joyful one fill with the love she had to give and she will be missed. May your heart not be heavy and happy in the fact that she is now at home hearing our father say welcome home. May her memory be for ever present in those who love her and call her friend. Naimah Oneal Cleveland/Akron OHIO
Bessie Shaver says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
To the husband, son and family members of Sister, President Emeritus, Judith Jamison. It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the passing of your loved one. She is now one with the elders and the sister warriors before her. May her memory be sustained by the acts of love and kindness extended to those who knew and loved her. Ase'. Bessie Shavers, Corresponding Secretary, Atlanta Chapter.
Patricia Reid-Merritt says...
Posted Monday, October 12, 2015
Judy - Our sister, our friend: We are saddened by the loss of a beautiful, hardworking spirit who was a committed and dedicated member of the National Association of Black Social Workers and the larger community. We will miss your presence (and our special trips to the casinos). Our thoughts and prayers are with your husband, son and family members. May you find peace and comfort in the arms of your ancestors. In the spirit of harambee, Pat and Bill Merritt

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