Mary Alice Jackman, age 95 of London, Indiana, passed away on February 28, 2021, due to complications from COVID-19 19. She was born on January 17, 1926 to her late parents, Forrest and Edith Kemper.
Mary Alice is preceded in death by her first husband; Floyd “Bud” Perry, as well as her second husband; Darrell Jackman, also by her sister; Laura (Paul) Browand, brothers; Robert (Dee) Kemper, and Raymond (Vivian) Kemper, and nephews; Michael Browand, Steven Kemper, Kenny Kemper and Robbie Kemper. On Bud’s side of her family, she is preceded in death by Nieces and Nephews that were their same ages, ….Harold “Bud” (Elinora) Imel; Wayne (Alfreda) Imel; Meredith (Leona, Jerri) Imel; Duane (Marilyn, Connie) Imel; Jean (Richard) Darby; Joan (Ray) Klapper; as well as….Paul Imel; Terry Darby; and David Klapper.
She is survived by her two nieces, Cindy Denman and Paula Cross as well as her great nieces/nephews; Doug Imel; Deena Imel; Mike Imel; Todd Imel; Tony Imel; LeighAnn Troutt; Marnita Clagg; Michelle Chaney; Kathy Klapper; and Steven Klapper, as well as many family members from Darrell Jackman’s side of the family.
Mary Alice was the oldest of four children, all born in Brandywine Indiana. They grew up in central Indiana where her father was a farmer. She loved telling stories of her childhood and the huge meals that her mother would cook for all the hired hands. She fell in love and married “Bud” Perry on July 19, 1947. They bought land and built her dream house in London, IN just outside of Shelbyville. She had a lifelong career at Western Electric, which was later bought out by Bell South Labs. Mary Alice was instrumental in building the very first larynx. She became a widow on July 29, 1989, and traveled every winter with her mother to Zephyrhills, Florida. Eventually she met Darrell Jackman and they married in 2002. Darrell passed away in November of 2014, leaving Mary Alice as a widow once more. Once she was unable to live by herself, her nieces, Cindy Denman and Paula Cross, brought her to Marietta, GA in 2016, to help take care of her.
Mary Alice was an exquisite quilter and won grand champion at the fair for many of her quilts. She was a fantastic seamstress and she enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well. She was a beloved supervisor to many women at Bell South Labs, and they had a huge retirement party for her when she finally retired.
Services will be held at a later date at Washington Park East Cemetery.