Joan Audrey Jackson, 86, of Monroe, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro.
Born in Lynbrook, N.Y., Joan has resided in Monroe for the past 59 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cranbury, United Methodist Women, and the Eastern Star. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed but remembered for her infectious smile and year-round Christmas spirit.
Joan enjoyed gardening, knitting by the fireplace, reading her cookbooks, watching TCM and Hallmark movies, drinking dirty gin martinis (with two olives), and - most of all - spending time with her family. She often liked reminiscing about family camping trips and planning her annual LBI beach trip with her girls.
Bitten by the travel bug, Joan and her sister, Doo, vacationed in St. Martin often, where they’d remember fun times on family boat trips off Keansburg and the Raritan Bay. Joan also gallivanted across the ocean with her dear friend, Janet. Friends for nearly 60 years, Joan and Janet visited Italy, Germany, England, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Halifax, and took numerous cruises to Caribbean islands.
Predeceased by her parents, George R. Perkins, Sr. and Emily M. (Slover) Perkins; and her husband, Oliver H. Jackson; she is survived by her children, John J. Jackson and wife, Laura D., George P. Jackson and wife, Missy B., Jennifer J. Schmidt and husband, Jon, and Billy J. Jackson and wife, Lisa T.; her grandchildren, Billy, Lindsey, Courtney, Georgie, Tiffany, Johnny, Melissa, Becky, Olivia, Brian, Carlee, and Emily; her great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Noah, and Nicholas; and her sister, Doo.
Joan always put her family first - and reminds you to cherish time with your children and grandchildren, take a walk on the beach with your loved ones, always stop and smell the flowers, and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. These are the things that matter in life. These are the things that Joan wishes for everyone.
Funeral services will begin on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.
Cremation will follow at Holy Cross Crematory in South Brunswick.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at A.S. Cole Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at 6520 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132 https://msfocus.org, the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 https://www.cancer.org, or the United Methodist Church of Cranbury at 21 N Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512 http://www.cranburyumc.org.