Her Beautiful Life’s Story
Lillian Vanettia Jackson was born August 17, 1959, in Kansas City, Missouri to Doreen Harrell and Cecil Thompson. She was the third of four children. This native Kansas Citian was educated in the Kansas City Missouri Public School System, graduating from Central Senior High School in 1977. Following graduation, Lillian attended Penn Valley Community College School of Nursing in pursuit of her interest in the medical field, and then joined the staff of the Life Care Center of Overland Park, Kansas. At age 33, Lillian observed many houses in the Kansas City Missouri inner city in a state of disrepair. Her desire to restore the appearance of the community, and her dream to become her own boss inspired her entrepreneurial spirit to kick in. Through much prayer and God’s blessings, she founded, owned, and operated E & L Painting & Contracting Company which specialized in home renovation. Twelve years later, she returned to her true calling of helping and aiding medical challenged individuals, when she closed her business, and returned to the medical arena.
For the past 20 years, Lillian has been employed by The Dialysis Center, Inc., where she served as a Senior Certified Chronic Hemo Dialysis Technician, Office Manager, Billing Officer, and Receptionist. Her work tenure also included employment at Price Chopper as a Cashier with the intention of assisting her goals of completing her nursing degree and opening a childcare center on her retirement from the Dialysis Center.
Lillian married Curtis Jackson in 2007 in Kansas City, Kansas. They were happily married for 14 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved shopping, two-stepping, a good meal, reading, sewing, and old western movies, especially “Tombstone” a movie she would watch every time it came on. Lillian was a kind and gentle soul, who had impeccable taste, loved to dress, and coordinate accessories; didn’t raise her voice, but always kept the stature of a regal queen.
Lillian loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. At the age of 20, she was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of the Bethlehem Christian Assembly. In March 2011, she rededicated her life to the service of God, when she and her family became members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She took seriously her commitment to the auxiliaries she joined; proudly served as a member of the Courtesy Guild, Mission, The Usher Board, member of Sunday Church School Class # 6 (Dr. Wilma Bahus, teacher) and served as Chairman of the Annual Women’s Day in 2019 and 2021. Some of her greatest joys in life came from worshiping with her husband and family, studying the Holy Bible, and attending Sunday Church School. Lillian loved the Lord. Lillian trusted the Lord. Lillian served the Lord!
On September 18, 2021, while driving home after participating in church activities, Lillian, age 62, unexpectantly gained her wings. She is now rejoicing with the God she loved, in service in his heavenly home. Her faithful endurance earned her the heavenly reward which is “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for him” 1Peter 1:4 NKJ. We are thankful to God for letting this Beautiful Black Queen touch our lives.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Edward Lee Wallace; and Charles Leon Wallace.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories husband, Curtis Jackson, Shawnee, Kansas; daughter and best friend, Veaneta Wallace of the home; special granddaughter, Amena Wallace of the home (who will love and miss her “Yay Yay” forever); sons, Terrence Rideau (La’Kesha) of Kansas City, Missouri; and David Rideau (Brooke), Grandview, Missouri; granddaughters, Dayonna Woods; and My’Kah Harris; grandsons, DreVon Davis; Demetrius Woods; David A. Rideau; Marques Hunt; brother, Eugene Wallace (Barbara), Kansas City, Missouri; special friends, Paulette Bruce; Renee Smith; Crystal Hill; Deborah Lathers; Bernadette Walker Harris; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.