Obituary for Martha Elizabeth Jackson


Martha Elizabeth Jackson

September 5, 1912 - May 3, 2020

Martha Elizabeth Jackson (Schuhmacher) passed away in Danville, IN on May 3, 2020.

Martha was born in Summerfield Illinois on September 5, 1912, a daughter of the late Wilhelm F. and Elizabeth Schuhmacher (Shaffer). She was raised by her aunt and uncle in Springfield, IL.

Over her 107-year life she held a variety of jobs. In her youth she was a nanny, a maid, and did other domestic work. In the 1960’s she worked with young teens at Woodruff Place Baptist Church and in the early 1970’s, she worked for the Community Action Program (CAP) as part of the City’s poverty program. She was also a waitress for a time and was the director of the Near Eastside Senior Citizens Center.

Martha was an avid reader. She loved mysteries. She read the newspaper cover to cover daily until the day she died. She loved to travel. She traveled with the Circus at a food stand traveling all over the country. When she was 99 years old she even vacationed in Hawaii.

She was very politically active and was a champion for social justice. In the 2016 Indiana Primary, she voted in person at her polling center. In the late 1960’s she protested the Vietnam War in Washington D.C., and in 1987 she returned to Washington D.C. again as part of the AIDS quilt Project.

She is survived by her son; James (Gloria) Jackson, son-in-law; Don Boner, grandchildren: Andrea Jackson, Ben Anderson Jr., Debbie Anderson Dryer, Michael Anderson, Susan M. Lanier (Anderson Whitlock), George Anderson, Zirque Bonner, Freda Smith, and their spouses, all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Henry S. Jackson, son Ben Anderson Sr., daughter Suellen Jackson-Boner, brother William S. Schuhmacher and a sister, Esther F. Zotz.

She also leaves behind many friends whose lives she touched.

Joel Schopmeyer posted on May 8, 2020

Martha was truly a most wonderful lady. Selfless and wanting the best for all people. She was an inspiration for those who desperately needed encouragement. Martha was my friend. I loved her and miss her warm smile.

Janet Lowery posted on May 8, 2020

My sympathy is extended to Martha’s extensive family and friendship circle. I was blessed to have known her. She knew when to be pleasant and when to be firm. A wise lady who with her daughter Suellen made Indianapolis a much better place by being engaged.


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