Longtime Venice resident Susan Gay Jackson has died. She was 78.

Jackson passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness Monday, March 3rd, in Los Angeles, with her son John Peter Miller and daughter Eve Mangano at her side, according to family sources.

Jackson was born in Quanah, Texas on April 28th, 1929 to John Andrew Jackson and Nettie Gay Rutledge, who both preceded her in death. She was the sister of John Andrew Jackson, Jr., who also preceded her in death. Jackson’s daughter, Christine Miller Schirrmacher, preceded her in death in October 2007.

Jackson was a 1946 graduate of Tahoka High School in Texas and went on to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she pursued a double major in English and geology to prepare for work in the oil industry.

An expert horsewoman during her youth, she passed the love of horses on to her daughters, Christine and Eve. Jackson was extremely proud and passionate about her rich heritage as a fifth- generation Texan and was an endless source of anecdotes and the history of Texas, her family said. She was the great-granddaughter of one of the first Texas Rangers, Capt. John Bishop Henderson.

From the 1950s to 1990s, Jackson wrote various articles for the Oakland Tribune newspaper in California and was a contributor to Morrie Turner’s Wee Pals cartoon strip.

Among the organizations she worked with over the years were the Democratic Party in Alameda County and PTA groups at various schools, where she often served as president and was the editor of the newsletter.

At the old Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Leandro, California, Jackson was instrumental in many programs, including a Special Needs class.

Jackson is survived by her son, John Peter Miller of Pleasanton, California; daughters Eve Levitt Mangano of Los Angeles, Myra Lynn Barchacky of King City, California and Janette Miller Lewis of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Brian Miller, Sarah Miller, Daniel Hidalgo, Kaitlin Schirrmacher and Kyle Miller Schirrmacher; grand-daughter in-law Annette; and great-grandchildren Aaron Hidalgo, David Hidalgo, Cheyenne Hidalgo and Cole Hidalgo.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3655 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, the family says contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in the name of Jackson’s daughter, Christine Schirrmacher.

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