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Bridgeport family honors grandmother who died at 101

The family is inviting the public to attend a memorial service for Jackson on Tuesday at Waters Memorial AME Zion Church on Gregory Street. The viewing is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the memorial service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

News 12 Staff

Nov 27, 2022, 11:50 PM

Updated 570 days ago

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A family in Bridgeport is remembering their grandmother who died a week ago at the age of 101.
Beloved matriarch Ruth Jackson came to Connecticut from South Carolina when she was young. She lived a full life, built a family and always showed kindness to others.
A week after her passing, her daughter and granddaughter are reflecting on the wisdom she shared and legacy she left behind.
"She loved you for who you were. She didn't care about whether you were in the street or out of the street. You could have been the biggest bum on the street and she didn't care. She took all my friends in. Everybody knew Ruth Jackson,” said Jackson’s granddaughter, Orlanda Austin-Strong.
"She didn't like a lot of so-called drama. She pretty much minded her own business -- was not very opinionated. She let anybody speak and felt like people were entitled to each their own,” said her daughter, Norma Jean Austin.
The family is inviting the public to attend a memorial service for Jackson on Tuesday at Waters Memorial AME Zion Church on Gregory Street. The viewing is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the memorial service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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