1928 - 2019

Neia Jackson, 91, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Services were held Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Neia Jackson was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Kalona, the daughter of Edward and Ila Kern. She graduated from Kalona High School and Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City. She married Dean Jackson on June 20, 1950. They had five children and made their home in Cedar Rapids. 

In addition to being a surgical nurse, she was employed by the Cedar Rapids School District and sold television sports advertising for CMF&Z. She volunteered for several years with the Community Health Free Clinic along with the Red Cross and was recognized as a volunteer of the year. 

She enjoyed many years of traveling with several of her dearest friends all over the world. She was a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan and attended many sporting events throughout her life. She also loved animals and is survived by her loving dog, Happy Jackson.

Survivors include her children: Cyndie (Mark) Franklin, Kent (Joy) Jackson, Julie (Marc) Meyer and Amy (Chris) Prewett; daughter-in-law: Julie Jackson; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Patty (Ron) Harland; brother: Larry (Sally) Kern; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Dean; and son: Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Camp Courageous, the Cedar Valley Humane Society or a local food bank.

She will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

Special thanks to the Keystone Facilities for all the love and care Neia received from the staff during her final years.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com.

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