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Susie Jackson

Susie Jackson, 87, had two children and eight grandchildren. But including the cousins, nieces and nephews she treated as her own, Jackson was a mother figure to more like 50, making her the beloved matriarch of the extended Jackson family.

"She opened her arms to us," said her nephew Robert Sanders.

She often quoted Proverbs, her favorite book of the Bible, and dedicated most of her free time to Emanuel AME Church.

She served on its board of trustees and in the Women’s Missionary Society, sang in the choir and was a fixture of the weekly Bible Study. She lived just a few blocks from the church, on Alexander Street.

Jackson was deeply rooted in Charleston. A native of the Holy City, she attended Buist Elementary School and Burke High and worked as a beautician and home health care provider. Caring for others – family or not - is what she was known best for.

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