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In Memoriam – Kay Jackson

Celebrating the Life of Kay Adonna Jackson on Monday, July 22, 2024

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Kay Adonna Jackson on Monday, July 22nd, 2024, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST. at Ziegler Place Apartments Community Room, located at 30001 St. Martins St., Livonia, MI 48152.

In place of flowers, the Jackson family requests contributions to Kay Jackson’s Estate and Celebration of Life Event expenses.

July 22, 1940 – July 3, 2024

Kay Adonna Jackson was born on July 22, 1940, to Joan and Leroy (stepfather) Strange, who preceded her in death. “Ms. Kay,” as she was affectionately called by most, was one of six siblings: Charles, Peggy, Barbara, Michael, (all preceded her in death), and Henry Strange (her baby brother). Jeffrey Caldwell (nephew) was raised with Kay and was considered like a brother.

Kay was married to her late husband Percy Jackson for 43 years and from that union she became a beloved mother to three sons Darren (deceased), Steven, Tyrone (deceased), and two daughters Linda, and Kelly, affectionately known as the “Jackson Five.” Kay and her late husband Percy raised their family on the west side of Detroit on Greenlawn Street near West Outer Drive.

Kay was a very kind and warm-hearted soul, yet no-nonsense; she would always speak her mind and say exactly what she wanted to be done. In other words, she held her own. She would often tell stories about her life experiences and would offer wisdom to anyone who would listen.

She was determined never to quit and fought through challenge after challenge to be there for her family. Kay loved her family and friends and made people feel seen and heard. She enjoyed watching movies, playing cards, and bingo. In fact, she would boast when her team ran a Boston on her opposing teammates (smile).

Next to her family, her love for children was unmatched. During her twenty-five-plus-year career, Kay worked in early childhood education and retired from Renaissance Head Start Agency in 2008. During her career, Kay worked her way up from being a classroom teacher to working as part of the administration. While at Renaissance Head Start Agency she received several accolades for her work ethic, leadership, professionalism, and service to the agency.

In 2014, she moved to Zieglar Place Apartments in Livonia, Michigan, where she made many friends. She served as the President of the Zieglar Place Apartment Club Association, which included sending out a monthly newsletter, helping manage the coffee club, and being instrumental in organizing many successful events for the residents.

During the last few years of her life, she enjoyed going on “road trips” with her two daughters, Linda and Kelly, on Sundays. They would visit many fine dining restaurants throughout southeast Michigan.

On Wednesday, July 3, 2024, surrounded by children and family, Kay took her final breath and gained her wings. Accepting God at a young age, we know Kay is with our Heavenly Father, shining her light and love on us. She leaves to cherish her memory: her children Steven (Shawn), Linda, and Kelly, her daughter-in-law Danielle, her grandchildren Corey (Erika), Chauncey, Chase, Isheena, Antoinette, Kaymeka, Steven Jr., and Shaunte; and a host of great-granddaughters and grandsons, her brother Henry Strange, and a host of family and friends.

She lived a full life, and may Kay’s impact on your life be the light you shine on others.

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.


  • My mother is a woman like no other. She gave me life, nurtured me, taught me, dressed me, fought for me, held me, shouted at me, and kissed me, but most importantly she loved me unconditionally.

    There are not enough words I can say to describe just how important my mother was to me, and what a powerful influence she continues to be.

    Mother, I Love You.❤️


  • When we are kids our minds are filled with such hope and promise for the future. I still remember my mother and I taking a couple of trips to visit Aunt Kay and Uncle Percy in Detroit as if it just happened. That is because they awakened in me a curiosity of what was possible beyond the borders of Bogalusa I will always remember fondly. Most fondly of her caring and welcoming nature.
    1967 may be a long way in the past to man, but to God it is a testament to who we are as His children. I wish I had more time to live those years over and over because I felt love and acceptance from Aunt Kay and all the family that was the foundation of who I am. See you in eternity. Tell my “Cool Uncle” hello and I’ll see him soon.

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