March 11, 2013


Melva Jackson died Friday, March 8, 2013, in Sioux City.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake City. Celebrant will be Father Lynn Bruch. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Lake City.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, with a rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church.

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Melva June (Happe) Jackson was born June 20, 1936, at Spirit Lake, Iowa, to Leo and Jessie (Poyzer) Happe. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1954 and the nursing college in Mason City.

In 1957 she married Robert Jackson at Spirit Lake. For 50 years Melva worked as a nurse in different locations. She worked at Spencer, Iowa, Vermillion, S.D., Green Cove Springs Fla., and Lake City, Iowa.

Melva was a member of St. Theresa's Sodality, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and the Monday Club.

Melva is survived by her children Robert (Sharon) Jackson of Atlanta, Ga., Theresa Jackson of Sioux City, Iowa, John (Lori) Jackson of Sioux City, Iowa, and Colleen (Michael) Catanach of Santa Fe, N.M.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Terri Jackson of Lake City; twin sister Margo (Ronald) Brockmeyer of Spirit Lake, Iowa, sisters Carolyn Joss of Wisconsin and Joanne Shuck of Arizona; and brother Mark Happe of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Jessie Happe; husband, Robert; and son Dan.