Evelyn Phyllis Jackson was born to Bessie Henry and Harold Daniel Richardson on August 27, 1940, in Harlem USA at Harlem Hospital. We affectionately called her “Piggy” because of her love of food. Sadly, after a long, difficult, and courageous battle with cancer, she was taken home on May 30, 2022. Evelyn was the second youngest of 6 children and was always driven to achieve any goal that she pursued. She was educated in the NYC school system and attended, studied accounting, and graduated from Central Commercial High School, now known as Norman Thomas High School. She also took a variety of courses at Columbia University.
For a time, she was employed at Bird S. Coler Hospital, where she met the man who was to become her husband of almost 63 yrs. – James Arthur Jackson. They met, fell deeply in love, and were married at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church by Rev. Monroe Wall on July 26, 1959. Subsequently, she gave birth to her only child, Janine, June 9, 1960. Evelyn was a stay-at-home Mom for 7 yrs. believing that it was important for a mother to be there during a child’s formative years, but she also worked part time jobs to make ends meet. In 1967, she became employed by Teacher’s College, Columbia’s University’s Loan Department, where she continued to work for 38 yrs. until 2005 when she retired.
Evelyn had many passions. She loved to eat good food but strove to live a healthy lifestyle—eating healthy, refraining from cigarettes and alcohol, and working out any chance that she could (even on vacation). She loved to travel and was thrilled to have been able to circle the globe three times in her life. She loved her family, especially her only grandchild, Jonathan, whom she adored more than breathing. Above all of her earthly loves, she most loved Our Lord Jesus Christ and was a fervent servant and advocate.
She attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church as a child with her family and mother, Mrs. Bessie Richardson. Although she left for a time, she returned after making her own personal connection with God. During her time at Mt. Calvary, she became a member of the Usher Board, Prayer Band, PTA, and a Missionary. She was blessed to become the Superintendent of the Sunday School and ultimately, a Deaconess. Whenever and wherever she could, she would avidly pray for and witness to anyone who needed it and often to those who didn’t know that they needed it or even wanted it. To know her, was to know that, in her own way, she was blessed with the gift of loving her fellow man or woman simply because they were human beings. She was loved as a Faithful Prayer Warrior and a Woman of Child. Our comfort comes from knowing that she is a true child of God and has received the promise of eternal life.
Evelyn is survived and deeply missed by her husband James, daughter, Janine, and grandson, Jonathan. Also by her sisters, Minister Linda Wooten and Yvonne Jackson and husband, Elbert Jackson. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law, Edith Gamble, and a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, friends, and Church family. She was loved so much that words cannot begin to describe. She will be missed, but never forgotten and always remembered in our hearts.