Our beloved Mother and Gran-Gran, Emma Gene Jackson, of Mason, passed away on the Lord’s Day, Sunday morning, December 1, 2013, to be with her God in Heaven. Emma Gene died at the age of 84.
Emma Gene is survived by her husband, Rev. Dennie Jackson, of Mason; four children: Joyce Lucille Masters and husband, Charlie of Spicewood; Margie Lynn Wilson and husband, David of Mason; Timothy Ray Dockal and wife, Helen of Mason; Rebekah Jean Maaz and husband, Lee of Austin; 12 grandchildren: Michele Willis and husband Shane; Allen Marshall and wife Brandie; Tina Owens and husband Brian; Robin Dockal; Tana Autrey and husband, Cody; Sarah Maaz; Rachel Maaz; Jamey Masters and wife Angie; Mike Masters and wife Whitney; Melanie Burzynski and husband Doug; and Lindsay Masters; and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Robert Anderson, and her parents, Eugene and Nancy Cavness Koerner. She was previously married to Eddie Ray Dockal, who passed in 1982.
Emma Gene was born in the Streeter Community of Mason County on October 29, 1929. She attended school at Streeter and Mason. She was a graduate of Mason High School. She loved to write and did a weekly column for the Mason County News called “Mason County Personalities” to highlight the life stories of long time citizens. This was an amazing gift she gave Mason County in preserving the stories for future generations. Emma Gene was in a local writing group for many years. They published two collections of writings. She recently wrote and published a book about her husband’s journey as a minister for the past 50 years. Emma Gene was active in the Mason Historical Commission gathering information about her family and how they contributed to the history of Mason.
Emma Gene was God’s servant. She taught Sunday School for 60 years helping change the lives of many young people. She was her husband’s associate pastor, at Mason Gospel Church, and worked with the House of Praise to guide those who needed God’s influence in their life. She worked for many years with a ministry in Del Rio, TX, sharing clothing, food and the Word of God with those in need. She led prayer services and counseled those in pain, sickness or need of compassion. Emma Gene led the youth of Mason Gospel Church in the recognition and honoring of Mason grandparents with the “Community Grandparents Thank You Luncheon” for 27 years.
Emma Gene’s legacy is faith in God, love of family, and service to the community. She was truly the backbone of our family. She gave us her love, shared her faith and deep wisdom, and provided loads of laughter. We are sure she is the most exuberant angel in Heaven!
Emma Gene’s Memorial Service was held at Mason Funeral Home on December 3, 2013, and led by Rev. David Wilson, Music was furnished by Christine Cortez, Carolyn Copeland, Kathy Grendahl, and Connie DeAnda.
A family Interment was held at Cavness Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Allen Marshall, Shane Willis, Lee Maaz, Mark Craft, Damion Del Toro, and Darron Del Toro. Honorary Pallbearers: Dorman Cavness, Lupe DeAnda, Gordon Airheart, Butch Airheart, and Pete Airheart.
Those desiring to make a memorial contribution in memory of Emma Gene Jackson may do so to: Mason Gospel Church or the charity of your choice.