Eileen Jackson was born October 21, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA to Walter and Mary (Haraburda) Turosh. Eileen grew up in Philadelphia and finished high school in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She was in the band and in the Majorettes, a twirling dance group. After high school, she attended Becker College and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University. At EMU, she met the love of her life R. Garrie Jackson, and they married August 4, 1968 after Garrie returned from Vietnam. After having a daughter and son, the inseparable couple opened a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise and built a home in Oklahoma City in the late 1970s. The home would be where they raised their two children and lived the rest of their lives. After being a business owner and completing her bachelor’s degree at University of Central Oklahoma, Eileen had a career in oil and gas accounting where she finally retired from Devon Energy in 2012 to care for her husband.
During her life, she enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas for long weekends and visited family all over the country. Eileen and Garrie owned, bred, and raced thoroughbred race horses, and she loved caring for and feeding them everyday and making friends with others in the racing world. They would literally drive across America to watch the horses race.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Eileen was a compassionate, loving, sweet caretaker who always made sure you were welcome and happy. She made many personal sacrifices to give opportunities to her family and was deeply proud of her family. She always loved attending her kids’ and grandkids’ activities, like soccer games, plays, band concerts, and dance recitals. Even until the end, she always put others ahead of herself.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Robert Garrie Jackson, her brother Richard Turosh, and both parents Walter L. Turosh and Mary Haraburda Turosh James. She is survived by her daughter and husband Michelle and Al Berrios, her son and wife Bradley and Virginia Jackson, and her grandchildren, Luke Jackson, Hayden Miller, and Hazel Jackson.
Annette Leech saysFebruary 10, 2023 at 8:21 am
I never met your mom, but I can tell how wonderful she must have been just by knowing you. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wayne and Linda Jackson saysFebruary 11, 2023 at 10:34 am
Dear Michelle and Brad,
We wish to relay out kindest condolences to you and your families in your Mom’s passing.
You captured Eileen’s true essence in your writing of her obituary: One thing we didn’t know was her having been part of a twirling dance group. 🙂 She truly was a devoted wife and mother. She was unwavering in her love and devoted care of Garrie as his health diminished.
Eileen took pride in conveying stories about Michelle’s outstanding skills in softball and how well she navigated the field of business. She was also a proud mother in retelling stories regarding Brad’s educational pursuits including his college level solar car experience, which we had first hand experience with when he brought his solar car team and their car to Michigan.
She always insisted we visit their horses whenever we were in Oklahoma. Eileen and Garrie shared many stories of their trips to Vegas which sometimes included Lowell and Gladys. We have fond memories of our yard parties which included various games and activities. In her final years, she also took great pride in being a part of her grandkids’ lives.
So, Michelle and Brad, your mother has left all of us a treasure of memories to hold dear to our hearts.
Wayne and Linda
Thad Jackson saysFebruary 11, 2023 at 6:48 pm
Brad and Michelle,
My Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I did not know your mother well but I remember her warm smile, gentle demeanor and always making me feel welcome. My first memory is your mother taking Michelle and I to the playground in Ypsilanti to play on our “Big Wheels,” Brad you were not born yet!! Then there were the many wonderful family dinners at Grandma Jackson’s house. Your mother and father were always such wonderful hosts on our family trips to Oklahoma. Your mom loved her horses! I recall her reciting in great detail the pedigrees of their brood mares on our visits to the horse farm and her excitement at the race track when the horses were getting ready to start a race. Although the time I spent with your mom was short, we shared the love of animals, and I am grateful for and will always appreciate her kindness.
Thad and Lisa Jackson
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