Obituary of Mary Boudry Jackson
The family of Mary Elizabeth Boudry Jackson announce her passing on February 7, 2023, at the age of 91. Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Dr. John Fenwick Jackson; her parents: Mary Agnes High Boudry and Dr. Marshall Ovid Boudry; her brothers and their wives: John (Shirley) Boudry and Robert (Joanie) Boudry; and her son-in-law, Daniel Stindt. She is survived by her sister, Helen (Robert) Dedmon; her three children: Karen Stindt of Ripon, WI; Marshall (Patti) Jackson of Gluckstadt, MS; and Jean (Marion) Winkler of Selah, WA; grandchildren: Christopher (Anna) Stindt of LaCrosse, WI; Matthew (Chelsea) Stindt of Oshkosh WI; Melissa (Ollie) Voegeli of Milwaukee WI; Hayden (Yesenia) Winkler of Yakima, WA; great grandchildren: Benjamin and Julianne Mary Stindt of LaCrosse WI; Dana Stindt of Oshkosh, WI; Shayley Sohappy and Marybelle Winkler of Yakima, WA; and nine nieces and three nephews in various states and countries.
Mary was born in Rochester, Minnesota, the second of four children. She graduated from Waupaca High School in Wisconsin and received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University becoming a Registered Dietitian. During her internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in Pennsylvania, in the hospital cafeteria, she met her soon-to-be husband, John, who was then a medical school intern.
Mary's family ties were strong, and each and every year, at least once, the Jacksons traveled to vacation on a Wisconsin lake, a tradition that continues.
Mary's adventurous spirit was a perfect complement to John's inquisitive nature, and Mary supported John and their children as they traveled and enjoyed the many places they lived in addition to Jackson: Minter City MS, Tacoma WA, New Orleans LA, Uppsala, Sweden and Honolulu HI. There she immersed herself in regional and international cultures.
Mary worked for the State of Mississippi Women Infant and Children Supplemental Nutritional Care program as a nutritional counselor. She took pleasure in helping families and interacting with babies and children. Mary was also active in many groups supporting the University of Mississippi Medical Center including the American Association of University Women.
At home, Mary was the quintessential homemaker having studied all aspects of home economics in college. She was an accomplished home cook, crafting delicious meals and sharing sumptuous recipes with friends and family. Scouring the newspaper for new recipes was a favorite activity, and she delighted in relatives sending the food sections of their local newspapers for her reading pleasure. She was an expert seamstress not only sewing clothes for the entire family but also in home decor and drafting patterns for almost anything made of fabric. Mary's knitting skills were also exemplary, and her crew of knitting friends were a joy in her life, as was creating unique sweaters for her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary played tennis both with her girlfriends and mixed doubles with John at River Hills Tennis Club for many years. The camaraderie among tennis friends was lifelong. Although Mary's physical activities were cut short by arthritis, she continued her interest in tennis by watching it on television and keeping up with all the new players and their standings. She continued her favorite activities including bird watching, reading, knitting and playing cards.
Mary was a patient, kind, thoughtful person known for her willingness to understand and help others. When the grandchildren came to visit, she always organized a cultural outing with the objective of exposing different art or ideas to help broaden their understanding of our world. Her generosity and embracing of all people is noteworthy. An avid reader, Mary was supportive of her local public library. On Mary's last days she could be found with a book on her lap and her knitting basket close by.
The family appreciates the staff of Clare Bridge Memory Care at the Clinton Brookdale Community for their compassionate care.
Arrangements are with Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison. There will be no service. Memorials may be sent to the Willie Morris Branch of the Hinds County Public Library located at 4912 Old Canton Road Jackson, MS 39211 or to the charity of your choice.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Mary
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Natchez Trace Funeral Home