We are sad to announce the sudden passing of MPT former staff member, Joyce Jackson. Joyce joined us as a part of the Experience Works program, was an integral part of a number of our Domestic peace teams, joined our Core Community (MPT’s version of a Board of Directors), and was in the process of becoming one of our nonviolence skills trainers.
Joyce Jackson was born August 12, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee to Bernice Berry and S. T. Jackson. She was educated in the Memphis City school system and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wayne State University. Joyce moved to Lansing in 2007 and was a pillar of the community. Joyce was employed by the City of Detroit at the Northwest Activities Center as the Assistant Personnel Manager. Joyce was on the Core Community (Board of Directors) of the Michigan Peace Team. She gave her heart to Meals-On-Wheels through the Department of Human Services, where she was an Assistant Administrator. Joyce loved to travel, read, shop, and attend dance concerts and spend special moments with family and friends. She also loved attending church. She personally believed in education and educating others. She was preceded in death by her father, S.T. Jackson and brother, Robert Jackson. Joyce went home to be with the Lord on March 16, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory: her children, Marcia Renee Myers, John L. (Tammie) Meyers, and Anthony Jackson; grandchildren, Amanda Meyers, Priscilla Williams, Tanisha, Lakita, LeTisha, and Marlosha Adams, Shakita, Shamika, Jeremy L., Johnny L., Terrica, Jermayned Myers, and Reginald Benton; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Carolyn J. (Alvin) Holifield, Elenora J Garden, Marilyn (Awing) Jackson; brothers, Nathanial (Sheila) Jackson, Darrell Jackson, Bernard Jackson, and Stanley (Ann)Jackson; step-father, Sam Calloway; partner, Jay Mitchell of Belleville, Michigan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Joyce Jackson – beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend, wise woman and peacemaker – will indeed be greatly missed.