Mrs. Anna B. Jackson, nee Annie Beatrice Coates Anderson, was born at Mount Olive near Lexington, Mississippi. She was one of 16 children born to the late Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Anderson.
She attended the public schools of Mount Olive and Lexington and C.M.C. College at Kosciusko.
She was married to Arthur Jackson and to this union one child was born.
At an early age Anna was converted and joined the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Lexington, Mississippi.
After moving to St. Louis, she joined Christ Southern Mission Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Ed Jackson. She remained loyal, devoted useful member under the pastorate of Rev. Herman Gore, Sr. until her recent illness and death.
“Mamma” or “Coates” as she was affectionately called by real and adoptive relatives, filled her life with service to others. She never grew tired of doing good deeds for those in need or distress.
Although Anna was involved in civic fraternal and religious activities, she gave her heart and should to the Ushers’ organization, and to her “children” as she lovingly called, The St. Louis Ushers’ Mass Chorus.
She leaves an impressive record of dedicated, christian service.
Locally-Founder, Organizer, President and President Emeritus of The St. Louis Ushers’ Mass Chorus. Anna was a member of Group 3 Souther Mission Usher Board for 40 years; after reorganization she became a member of Group 1. She was President of Southern Mission Usher Board for 5 years; President Emeritus until her death; organizer of Souther Mission Ushers’ Chorus; Corresponding Secretary of the Church Ushers’ Alliance of St. Louis and Vicinity; member of the Trustee Board; Chairman of the Building Fund of the St. Louis Alliance and Chairman of the Music Department before she became inactive.
State-wise-Anna was one of the founders of the Missouri State Ushers’ Convention and Financial Secretary of Missouri State Ushers’.
Nationally-Anna was Publicity Chairman of the National United Church Ushers’ Incorporated for 9 years; Financial Secretary of the National United Church Ushers’ Incorporated, for 33 years.
Fraternally-Anna was a member and Financial Secretaru of White Temple No. 19, IBPOEW for 40 years. She was also a member of the Knights and Daughters of Tabor.
Anna was employed as Secretary-Clerk of Laborers International Local Union No. 53 for 34 years.
Anna departed this life on Sunday November 3, 1974, at 11:45 a.m. at Bernard West Pine Nursing Home.
She leaves to mourn her passing a devoted daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Pruitt, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Katy Hill, eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Zee Anderson Barron of Mound Bayou, Miss., one brother, Mr. Charles Spurgeon Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, cousins, foster children and many friends.