Rita Inetta Jackson was born November 9, 1958 in Covington, TN to Will and Gertrude Shelton. She was the eldest of 5 children. When Rita was 6 years old the family moved from Covington, TN to Omaha, NE. Rita also known to many as Patsy in the south and Rithie in the North, attended Druid Hill, Clifton Hill, Monroe Junior High, and graduated from Benson High in 1976. She later attended business school, then serves as a supervisor with Boystown for over 20 years until she suffered a stroke. Later she obtained a CDL license. Rita accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ under Elder Vernon Richardson. Rita married in October 1979 and to this union two children were born, Ivan G. Jackson and Whitney L. Jackson. Rithie was a very hard worker. Her work ethic and devotion to whatever her task was unspeakable. At the time of her passing she was still working two jobs, maintained her household and still found time for laundry, which was one of her passions. Rita loved spending time with her family. On holidays after we ate at grandma's house, we all relaxed at Rita's house which was right next door. She welcomed everyone into her home with open arms and a contagious smile, but if you got on her bad side, she never hesitated to put you out. Rita loved musicals and classic movies and was always down for a sing-a-long. Rita was an avid sports fan and loved watching all the neighborhood kids play football from her porch and cheered them on, especially for a over head catch (that was her favorite). She loved watching her kids, nieces and nephews wheelie up the street (KB) relay racing, basketball, drill team and all. Rita was everyone's cheerleader. She went to everyone's sports events if she was available and loved the Golden State Warriors. Rita was called home on September 5th, Labor Day. On that day, the Lord said to His faithful servant "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest! Take my toke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your soul."
She was preceded in death by father Will A. Shelton Sr.; grandmother Mary L. Shankle; grandfather Collier Whitley Sr.; and grandmother Anna Laura Love Whitley. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Ivan G. Jackson Jr.; daughter Whitney L. Jackson; mother Gertrude Shelton, grandson Kaden Jackson-Haynie; sisters Kathy Shelton and Sheila Shelton; brothers Will Shelton Jr. and Kenneth Shelton; aunt Mary Sampson-Cottrell and host of nieces and nephews and close friends.