MARSHALL – Services for Delva M. Jackson, 84, of Marshall, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church in Marshall. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. The Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Sanford Foundation Hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Delva was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Omar Smith and Della (Olson) Smith. As a young child, she was baptized in the Christian faith in Ellis, S.D.
She attended school in rural Sioux Falls and graduated from Brookings High School in 1946. Delva received her teaching certificate from General Beadle College in Madison, S.D. In July 1948, she married Morris Jackson at the Methodist Church in Brookings, S.D.
Delva taught at rural schools in Brookings and Day counties, South Dakota. They lived in Webster, Flandreau and Winner, S.D. prior to moving to Marshall in 1958. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she worked part time for Carrow’s Cleaners and the Marshall Inn.
Delva worshipped at Christ United Presbyterian Church for over 20 years. The last 30 years she was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Marshall. She served as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. She enjoyed participating in adult Sunday school.
November 2012, Delva moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. to be closer to family.
Survivors include Jerri (Vince) Hartmann of Seale, Ala., Brent (Donna) Jackson of Brandon, S.D., Brad (Taryn Gemelke) of Ghent, and Blair (Sandra) Jackson of Sioux Falls. Her six grandchildren include: Eric Sevatson, Daniel Sevatson, Sarah Reimers, Bryan Jackson, Brittany Jackson and Seth Jackson. She is survived by her brother, Gordon (Ruth) Smith.
Delva was preceded in death by her husband, Morris in 1985; parents, Omar and Della Smith; brothers, Verlyn and Melvin; and sisters, Verda Bortnem and Wanda Ray.
Family requests memorials be directed to Open Door Assembly of God Church in Marshall.