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“Don’t grieve for me, for now I am free

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call

I turned my back and left it all.”

Jeanette Jackson affectionately known as “Net” to her family departed this life Sunday,  Nov. 13, 2011 at the age of 83. Jeanette Lucille was born to Colbert and Anita Hildebrandt Mewis on July 8, 1928 in Bellville. She was the oldest of three children, the loving sister to two brothers Bubba and Bill.  Jeanette was baptized on Nov. 9, 1930 at St.Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham. On April 18, 1943 she was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville by Pastor Henry Schleisser.  Jeanette attended Bellville schools and graduated from Bellville High School in 1946.  She planned to further her education at Texas Lutheran College in Sequin but due to Polio she was unable to attend.  She attended Durham Business School for a short period.  In March of 1947 she married the love of her life, Wm. S (Billy) Jackson at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville.  She and Billy remained faithful members of this church.

Many words come to mind describing Jeanette. She was a loving and supportive wife and devoted to her four children.  She was very loyal and caring to her parents, spending many quality hours with them both during the good and bad times.  Family always came first.  She would drop everything to help out one of her children, a grandchild, or even a great grandchild or any other family member in need.  Everyone depended on Jeanette to be that pillar of strength and for the many words of advice she gave.  Sometimes her words may not have been what they wanted to hear, but she knew you needed to hear them and she helped you deal with it. She was always there to babysit for the grandkids and felt fortunate they were all in the Austin County area.  Billy and Jeanette became the legal guardians of a special needs child following the deaths of his parents.  Bobby was always included at any family gathering and Jeanette treated him as if he were another son, seeing to all of his needs.  “Net” will always be remembered for her generosity, her sense of humor, loyalty, and her unconditional love.  

Jeanette enjoyed the outdoors.  She spent many days in the backyard watering flowers, catching and throwing a football, giving tips on batting practice or pitching, to showing off some of the cheerleading moves from back in the day.  She loved watching the many sports activities of her children and grandchildren.  Jeanette enjoyed being at the Edward’s Place camp house and fishing at the lake with her family as well as visiting the family farm in Arkansas.  She loved to travel and really enjoyed taking the camper with Billy and seeing the countryside.  Branson, Missouri was a favorite and you can bet Mel Tillis was a main attraction.  It was always an exciting family adventure whenever the family traveled together, filled with many hours of laughter.  One of her favorite places to visit was Disneyworld and she took every opportunity to make just one more trip to Florida.

When Jeanette was not spending time with her family, she kept herself busy with activities in the Bellville community.  She was an active member in the VFW Auxiliary, the DAV Auxiliary, and the POW Auxiliary.  Jeanette was a charter member of the Austin Co. Aggie Mom’s Club and a former member of the hospital board.  She enjoyed being a part of many affairs in the Bellville community and loved helping in various youth groups from Girl Scout leader to team coach in and around the Bellville area.  At St. John Lutheran she was a member of the Mary Martha Circle, helped with Bible School and Sunday school as a teacher, superintendent and song leader.  For many years she helped organize food for bereaved families as well as serving on the Trust Fund Committee and wherever she could be of assistance.    

Jeanette leaves to cherish her, many family members and friends.  She is survived by her dear  husband of 64 years, Billy, whom she loved with all her heart; her four children, Stanley Jackson and wife Belinda,   Sherrie (Doll) Hoppe, Steven Jackson and wife Lori, and Suzanne Braun and husband Greg; her grandchildren, Shawn Jackson and wife Wendy, Brent Jackson, Kirk Hoppe and wife Angela, Mallory Jackson, Grant Jackson, Jenna Jackson, Bethany Braun, Sarah Braun; step-grandchildren, Brittney Johnson and husband Carey, and Briana Opperman; nine great-grandchildren.  She will also be missed by her brother, Bill Mewis, her sister-in-law, Janie Mewis, numerous nieces and nephews, very special cousins including Dorothy Youngblood and Rose Marie Trenckmann, Bobby Linke, and other family members as well as dear friends and loving neighbors.  

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Charles “Bubba” Mewis, daughter –in-law, Elois Jackson, son-in-law, Frankie Hoppe, brother-in-law A.E. Jackson and wife Dainty, sister-in-law, Katherine Gaines and husband Burnice.

A visitation with the family was held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5-7 at Knesek Funeral Home.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Jeanette will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church.  Immediately following will be a reception in the St. John Faith Center for all family and friends.  Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private graveside and interment at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.  Pall bearers;  Shawn Jackson, Brent Jackson, Grant Jackson, Kirk Hoppe, Jimmy Youngblood, David Jackson,  B.J. Gaines, and Juan Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers; Grady and Karen Keith as well as the remaining grandchildren.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the youth scholarship program at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N. Holland, Bellville, and the Bellville General Hospital, 44 N. Cummings, Bellville.0

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the numerous people that were truly a blessing to Jeanette.   She was grateful to all of the medical staff attending to her and the hospice care she received.  The prayers, words of encouragement, and cards helped Jeanette and her family through some very difficult moments.  She often reminded the family of how grateful she was for the people in her life.

“Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, He set me free.”


Posted by Joy Neely



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