Earneaze Jackson (née Garrett) passed away at St. Catherine’s Hospital on July 31, 2018 in East Chicago, Indiana at the age of 84.
Earneaze is survived by her children, Cuba (Lynn) Jackson Jr. of Merrillville, Indiana, Dorcus King, Doreen Jackson, Jonathan Jackson of East Chicago, Indiana, Marian Jackson of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Patricia (James) Officer of Indianapolis, Indiana, her grandchildren Jasmine Jackson, Tameka Jackson, Tiana Jackson, Cuba Jackson III, Courtney (Troy) Spates, Lauren Jackson, Sierra (Robert) Northern, Jamal Jackson, Benjamin Jackson, Jonah Jackson, Angela (Harry) Taylor, Shawnda King, Ashley King, James Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Jr., LaToya Jackson, Megan (Kironde) Hearn, Jade Thomas, Jessika Officer, Joi Officer, James Officer IV, Judah Officer, and a host of nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Lillie and Elgie Garrett; son Roger Jackson; siblings Edward Garrett, Warner Garrett, Earnest Garrett, and Yolanda Stigger.
Earneaze Jackson was born on June 24, 1934 in East Chicago, Indiana to Lillie and Elgie Garrett. She graduated from Washington High School in 1952 and Purdue University in Hammond, Indiana with a degree in Science. In that year, she was the only African American to graduate from the university as an LPN, which distinguished her as a trailblazer. Earneaze worked for St. Catherine’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital Trauma Unit, Lake County Rehab, Munster Med Inn} as a Licensed Practitioner Nurse until age 74. Her children remember her as a giving, loving and hardworking person who encouraged them to be loving and pursue educational goals while keeping God first in their lives.
Earneaze was a generous god-fearing woman who was passionate about education, women empowerment and Jehovah God. She was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in East Chicago, Indiana.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11am at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness 6850 Northcote Hammond, IN 46320. Brother Francis will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Earneaze’s life. Condolences can be sent to Divinity Funeral Home. The family would like to thank caregivers, friends and family who supported Earneaze during her time of transition.