Cynthia Noreen (Alecci) Jackson (72) passed away at home in Cornerville, Illinois on March 20, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and one of the kindest humans to ever walk this earth. She and her husband, Bruce Earl Jackson (formally of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada), were the first couple married in the new Harco Baptist Church on April 5, 1969. He survives her. She is also survived by her children, daughter, Tammi Noreen Jackson (husband Doug Blimline), son Bruce Earl Jackson, Jr. , daughter Jessica Renee Jackson-Brown (husband Darrin Brown), Grandchildren Alexander Lee Jackson (Breanna Dorris), Hailey Nichole Pritchett, Austen Lee Ryan Jackson, Brayden Ryburn Jackson, Zoie Beth Schoon, Jacob Henry Rocco Blimline, Jackson Henry Eugene Walters, Jeremiah Jordan Earl Walters, Josselin Jaelynn Mae Walters, Great grandchildren Lyla Claire Jackson and Sophie Kate Jackson, and step-grandchildren Makana Marie Reed, Jacob Lane Brown, Lucinda Ann Walters, and Airianna Rose Harrelson.
She was born on January 24, 1949 in Harco, Illinois and grew up in that small close knit community. She was the youngest of eight children. She was preceded in death by her father James (Vincenzo) Alecci (who immigrated to the United States from Locri, Reggio Calabria, Italy, and mother Vivian Noreen (Russell) Alecci). She is also survived by brothers Joseph (Jan) Alecci, James (Edna) Alecci, Lavern (Sue-who preceded her in death) Alecci, Michael (Beverly) Alecci, and sisters Judy (Charles) Adams, Jeanette (Stanley) Cain, Linda (Arnold) Ellis, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Alberta, Canada. She loved her trips to Canada to see her Canadian family.
She loved her family fiercely and never had a negative word to say about anyone. She approached her life with a childlike sense of wonder. She loved nothing more than spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to take trips with her children and grandchildren (especially to the Big Easy) and go on drives with her husband Bruce.
Everyone that knows her knows she was a “talker” and a “tee-hee’er.” She loved chatting with her brothers, sisters, and friends. She would often get tickled during her conversations and would laugh her infectious laugh.
There will be no public service as we choose to celebrate her life privately (although her girls are scheming a special celebration of her life that they hope to pull off this summer). We know she will be watching over us, and laughing her “teeheeheehee” laugh with us, as we happily remember her as she was.
In lieu of flowers please take a moment to enjoy a sunrise and sunset, hold your loved ones close, and spread love and kindness.