Mrs. Mildred Jackson Blackwood, born on Oct. 14, 1938 in Gustine, Texas to the late Travis Jackson and Lexia Mae Priddy Jackson, passed away at age 79 on July 14, 2018 in Foley, Alabama.
Mildred married Phillip Blackwood on Feb. 14, 1987 and they were married for 31 years.
She was preceded in death by her son, Brett Curlee, whom she missed dearly.
Mildred is survived by her husband, Phil; her daughters, Andrea Curlee Maahfuz and her husband, Saanjoy Maahfuz, Angela Blackwood Patrick and husband, Nick Patrick, and Amanda Blackwood Kollaszar and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Renee Trudgett, Brianna Trudgett and Aaron Trudgett, Michael Jr. and Alexander Kollaszar; great-grandchildren, Tiana, Amaiyah and Leo Wesley.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Duane and Forest "Buddy" Jackson; and sister, Maggie Mae Lord.
She is survived by brothers, Adron and Bernell Jackson; and sister, Lois Jo Martin. She also had numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved.
Mildred, also known as "Nana," was a mother and grandmother to many. She was known as the neighborhood mom.
Mildred found joy in gardening, cooking, drawing and painting, as well as knitting scarves for friends and family, but her utmost joy was found in serving others. You never left her presence without a full heart and belly.
She took great pride in being a faithful wife and honorable (grand)mother. She had a heart bigger than the size of Texas - she loved with all of her heart, and was loved profoundly by many.
Her internal strength was a driving force to those close to her. Her family was everything to her, and she was everything to them.
She was nurturing, loving and selfless. She was a beautiful soul, inside and out, and had an influential effect on all generations during her life.
The family invites donations in lieu of flowers in Mildred's name to Our Garden of Angels, 2134 Goerte Dr., Grand Prairie, TX 75051 (or a charity of your choice).
Friends and family can attend the memorial service held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 N. Pine St., Foley, AL 36535 in the building left to the church. Texas services to follow, and will be communicated via family, friends and Facebook.