Ann “Nancy” Jackson

Date of Passing:

March 12, 2024

Ann (Nancy) Jackson, 90, died peacefully on March 12, 2024 at her home in Barrington, RI, where she was lovingly cared for by her family.

Nancy was born in Niagara Falls, NY, to Joseph and Anna (Fell) Thompson, but she spent most of her childhood in Glen Ferris, West Virginia, an unincorporated town of 400 people on the banks of the Kanawha River.

Her father was an engineer with Union Carbide, and helped build an alloy plant on the banks of the river.

When she was three years old her mother died. Three years later, her father married Ernestine (Woodville), who raised Nancy and her older brother Joe as her own.

Nancy was blessed to grow up with two families who loved her deeply, Anna’s Niagara Falls siblings and Ernestine’s Woodville relatives, who lived in rural Fayette County, West Virginia.

Nancy attended a four-room schoolhouse in Glen Ferris—skipping an elementary school grade—and formed close bonds with her small community. To this day, her favorite songs are John Denver’s “Country Roads” and Jonathan Edwards “Shanty”.

When she was of high school age, she took the train to Washington, DC and attended Holy Cross Academy, a Catholic boarding school. After graduating from high school, she attended Trinity College in Washington, DC, graduating with an Economics degree in 1954.

After graduation, Nancy remained in the city, where she was employed by Auchincloss, Parker, and Redpath, a brokerage firm. She was also employed by Harris Upham, a brokerage firm in Charleston, West Virginia.

At a Trinity College “tea dance”, she met the love of her life, James Jackson, a Rhode Island native who was attending Georgetown University Law School.

On August 25, 1956, she and Jim were married at the Catholic Church in Boomer, West Virginia.

This began the next chapter of Nancy’s life.

They began their married life in Memphis, Tennessee where Jim served in the Judge Advocate General Department of the Navy at the Naval Air Station. They lived there until Jim was transferred to Newport, RI to teach Military Law at the Naval Justice School. They settled in Barrington and have lived there until this day.

Anyone who has the privilege of knowing Nancy realizes how important family is to her.

She and Jim have five children, Ernestine (Richard) Greenslade, Katherine (Thomas) Miller, James (Karen) Jackson, Ann (James) Foster, and Benjamin (Amity) Jackson; 15 grandchildren, Anna and Ben Greenslade, Thomas (Maura), Stephen (Ali), and Andrew (Alexandra) Miller, Julia, Owen, Avery, and Lachlan Jackson, Jackson (Allison), Luke, and Abigail Foster, and William, Lila, and Henry Jackson; and four great grandchildren, Harper, Jackson, James, and Nolan Miller.

Her family meant the world to her and she to them. Memories over the years include trips to Disney, the Cape, and Sanibel with children and grandchildren and gatherings at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, her favorite holiday.

Much of family life centered around the second home in Sunapee, NH, which she and Jim owned for 50 years until selling this fall.

In New Hampshire, Nancy enjoyed skiing at King Ridge and Mt. Sunapee and golfing at the Sunapee Country Club, where she met many dear friends.

A highlight for most of the 15 grandchildren was “Camp Sunapee” which Nancy organized each year. Once you turned eight, you were eligible to be a camper and some grandchildren attended well into their teens, not wanting to miss the fun.

Nancy is a woman of deep Catholic faith (If she is praying for you, you are in good hands) and strong opinions on politics and other topics. In addition to her family, she valued her friends, a wonderful group of fun-loving, intelligent women, and was deeply appreciative of her blessings. Whenever a family member or friend hit a rough spot, Nancy would offer the words “Never estimate the power of prayer.”

The family appreciates Joyce and Dora, who cared for Nancy with love and tenderness.

Calling Hours will be held on Sunday March 17, 2024 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 3-5 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday March 18, 2024 in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Donations in Nancy’s name can be made to the Carmelite Sisters of Barrington, 2541 Arlington Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Please be sure to indicate that this is a donation for the Barrington sisters in Nancy’s memory.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear Ernie, Rich, Anna and Ben,

    Sending loving thoughts your way for the passing of your mother and grandmother.

  2. Ernie and family,
    Vince and I send our condolences to your family on the loss of your beloved mother. May her memory be a blessing for you now and always,

    Ellen and Vince

  3. sorry for your loss

  4. Sorry for your lost Jim

  5. A wonderful woman that is for sure. you are all in our thoughts and prayers

  6. Jim: On behalf of your fellow Directors of the Barrington Senior Center you have our deepest sympathies on the passing of your wonderful partner Nancy. May your many decades together be long cherished and not forgotten. Gerry Carrick

  7. I will always remember my Family’s time at the Jackson Sunapee home. Nancy embraced my crazy brood as her own in full Grandmother mode. A particular Sunapee memory was her knitting as she sat in a chair by the fireplace reciting a verse from a Jonathan Edward’s song which made me smile. For me, she was a force in her commitment to family, friends and her Faith…such a lesson for all of us. My hope is that Dave was reaching out to help and welcome
    his favorite patient! God Bless you all and I pray you find peace.

  8. Jim, Katie & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you during this sad time.

    Jim & Cheryl McCarty

  9. Dear Greenslade’s,
    I had the privilege of meeting grandmother at her home while Anna & I studied at URI. She was the sweetest thing ❤️ I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful soul. Sending all my love, hugs & kisses

  10. Jim and family, so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing! She was one special lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family during this most difficult time!🙏 Bill&Gail Sweeney

  11. Ernie,
    What a beautiful life your mother led. Reading her obit, I almost felt as though I knew her. It was a lovely tribute to her.
    As hard as it is to say good bye to your mother, there must be some comfort in knowing she lived such a wonderful life.

  12. Jim: I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences.

  13. Katie and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you,

  14. Your beautiful , KIND mom & Grandmother will be missed…Many wonderful memories- from the very early days in Sunapee to our time living in Barrington, where she included us in Sunday dinners as one of the family… we were blessed to have had her in our life. My thoughts & prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  15. Dear Family,

    Please accept our most humble condolences. Nancy will be deeply

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