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Barbara Jackson
July 7, 1941-March 27, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Barbara Leckey Jackson passed away on March 27, 2024.

She was born in Miles City, Montana on July 7, 1941. She moved to Seattle, and Portland before graduating from high school. She received a degree from Whitworth College and a Masters in Language Education from Stanford. She taught Spanish for several years at Sequoia High School in Redwood City.

She married Robert Jackson in 1964 and they moved to Palo Alto in 1968. She had sons Carl and James. She remained active in the Parent Teachers Associations for the schools that her children attended. After they completed school, she returned to teaching for the Adult School for the Palo Alto school district, specializing in English as a Second Language courses.

Barbara especially enjoyed meeting her Adult School students and maintained many friendships with them after their classes completed. She attended numerous gatherings with current and former students and relished different cultural experiences.

She was passionate about her children. She cooked, cleaned, chauffeured, dropped off, picked up, fixed, waited, shopped, watched, protected, encouraged, educated, accompanied, supported and loved, for her children. She always welcomed the friends of her children into her home; often letting them stay for entire summers. She always had a laugh and a smile and tried hard to be kind. Friendships were important to her and she nurtured them with care. Her great joy was talking with other people, learning from them and sharing experiences.

She is survived by her husband Robert, son Carl and his wife Judy and son Benjamin, and son James, his wife Valerie, and children Ethan and Liam

Tags: teacher/educator

2 entries Submit a remembrance
From Eve Sutton
April 9, 2024
Yes, Barbara was a beloved ESL teacher at Palo Alto Adult School for many years. I will miss seeing her at meetings and night classes.
Memorial service
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for June 22. Contact submitter for more information.

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