Special to The Interim

On Sunday, November 14, 1999, God called Joan Marie (La Marche) Jackson to be with him for all eternity. She was born January 13, 1943 to Charles and Mary (Cross) La Marche, who have both predeceased her. She was educated at St. Vincent Academy, St. Mary’s School, Cathedral High School, Notre Dame Convent and graduated from Queen’s University with an honours Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 1966.

During her years at Queen’s she was a member of the Newman Club. She was also a member of Christ the King Club, where she met her future husband, Ronald Jackson. They were married on October 24, 1966. Joan’s devotion to him and her children – Chris, Kathy, Mary (and her husband John), Brian, Tim, Karl, Paul, and Theresa – and to her grandchildren – Sara, Jocelyn, and Matthew – was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was dearest niece of Father Laurier LaMarche, Sister Audrey La Marche, CND, Margaret (Leo) Jewitt, Charles (Frances) Cross, and Edith (Dan) Cross. She was also a close friend to Campaign Life Coalition Ontario president Mary Ellen Douglas, and will be missed by her many cousins and friends.

Joan was committed to serve God all her life and she provided all who knew her with a shining example of a Catholic life. She was a lifelong parishioner at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kingston where she participated in parish activities such as parish council, and teaching of catechism classes. She organized Perpetual Adoration and gained permission to have the Latin Mass each month.

Her dedication to Catholic education was reflected in the education of her own children and in the service she gave as a separate school board trustee from 1980 to 1985.

Her faith commitment also led her to defend the lives of the innocent. Joan was a leader in Campaign Life Coalition since its beginning in 1979. Her brilliant mind, her loving compassion for others, and her willingness to take on any task was a blessing for the pro-life movement on all levels. In the 1990 Ontario election she ran as a candidate for the Family Coalition Party in Kingston and the Islands. Her presence during the debates added dignity to the process, insightful commentary, and policies for life.

The funeral for Joan was held on Saturday, November 20, 1999 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The principal celebrants were Rev. Tallon, Msgr. Don Clements and Rev. Chisholm; the other presiders were Msgrs. Raby, Walsh, and Boyle, and Revs. Grainger, T. Lynch, and J. Lynch. The senior class of Magdalen College (where two of Joan’s boys go to school) came from New Hampshire to provide the beautiful and moving music. The pallbearers were Larry, Ray and Ken Cross, Dan Eardely, Jamie Douglas, Gerry Brosso, and John Roy.

Members of the Catholic Women’s League at St. Mary’s, of which Joan was a member and past president, formed an Honour Guard at the funeral. Joan was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery near the Monument to the Unborn.

Joan Jackson leaves a legacy of spiritual and temporal love and service which lights the way for all who follow in her footsteps. Pray for us, Joan, who must struggle on without you here, but who are confident that we will always be spiritually united.