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Caroline Sue “Pennie” Jackson (Haney) of Grand Rapids, MI was born January 8, 1942, in Indianapolis, IN.  She left this world on January 27, 2020, to be with her husband, Norman Jackson, whom passed away in 2004. Caroline was further preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert & Mary (Shaw) Haney; brothers, Bert Jr. & James; sisters, Ida May, Mary Lou, Ellen, & Jackie.

She will lovingly be remembered by: her sister, Shirley Vos (Haney); children, Roy (Sue) Russell, David (Carrie) Russell, Helen O’Brien-Karmol, Douglas (April) O’Brien, and Derrick (Lydia) Jackson; grandchildren, RJ (Natasha) Sturdavant, Anthony Hadju, Heather (Peter) Jensen, Chelcee (Dave) Suchecki, Jessica VanVlerah (Jason), Ashley Sturdavant-Hersch, Ceara O’Brien, Brittany Russell, Nathaniel O’Brien, Analicia, Deondre and DeMarco Jackson, and Jett O’Brien; 13 great-grandchildren; special great niece, Suzi Harvey(Richard S.); numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at American Postal Workers Union located at 2554 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Helen O'Brien-Karmol on January 28, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Mother was a very caring and loving woman.
    When I reunited with her it was a scary moment but I and my kids fell in love with her and the family quite quickly.
    She may not of raised me but I repected her as my mother.
    We had many fun years together.
    She was loved by many. And had fun wherever she was.
    She was tough and sassy but loving and caring also.
    You have left a empty spot in my life. But you will always be in my heart ready to remind me that I can be strong like you and move forward in my life.
    I love you Mother.♡♡

  2. Bobbie Moseley on January 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I remember when your daughter found you. She was so full of excitement and anticipation, yet a little scared. She wasn’t sure what to expect. When I finally got to meet you, you were everything we had all hoped for. Loving, kind, funny, and supportive. You were an amazing woman and it showed. ❤

  3. Velma Bowlby on January 29, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I love you and miss you sis. You were not my aunt as I grew up with you as my sister. You were always there for me.We leaned on each other. Fly high with the angels.You deserve those wings.Remember we are strong . We have each other.Mom says she loves you so very much “baby sister”.

  4. Andra jackson on January 29, 2020 at 6:48 am

    To my one and only sis in law you were a joy to have in the Jackson family you will always have a special place in our hearts.

  5. D,Marie Strain on January 29, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Having you as a sister in law was an adventure. When you married my brother Norman I was young,jealous and unhappy at the same time. In my young mind no one was good enough for my brother who spoiled me but you proved me wrong through patience and love and I thank you for that. Thank you for loving me and understanding a selfish little sister. Love eternally Princess.

  6. Alicia on January 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Her heart was full of gold and had some of the best conversations. Grandma Pennie loved my kids like her grand kids 😔Truly a great angel our father has taken home with her husband Jack. You will forever be missed😢

  7. Lorna (candee) akinsl on January 29, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Penni we had years of memories together and I will miss you alot be. You were the big sister I never had but wanted. You always made time for me when I needed a friend you were one in a million

  8. Suzi Harvey on January 29, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    My memories of you aunt pennie are and will always be with me. I don’t think I told you enough how greatful I was to have you by my side through my childhood. And when my grandma ellen passed in 2000 you and uncle jack stepped up and took her roll in my life. You have had a very big impact on mine and my girls life. We love you and will miss you. I will share all of my childhood memories with the girls that we had together. Fly high until we meet again.

  9. Diane & Leamon Hood Sr. on January 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    RIP Pennie you were a truly sweet person, you’ve gained your wings fly high cousin💕

  10. Tresa Lynn on February 2, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    You saved me. You took me in. You treated me as if I was your own. Every single happy childhood memory I have is with you and Uncle Jack and Derrick. You gave me something that to this very day I have yet to have again. You made me feel completely safe and loved no matter what. You never gave up on me, and you never left me. Even now your still with me. -TC

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