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Nadia Alice (Christy) Jackson Wise

Nadia Alice (Christy) Jackson Wise, 88, of Pomona, Missouri, passed away at her home on Sunday, August 25, 2013. following a long illness.

She was born on December 31, 1924, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Frances (Martin) Christy.

Nadia quickly learned to work hard and to be frugal growing up during the depression in a family with seven siblings on a farm near Fremont. She completed her high school education at Mtn. View while doing housework for a family friend. Her first job was at MFA as a clerk.

She began teaching at a young age in a one-room public schoolhere some students were larger than her petite frame. According to a former student, they knew who was in charge of the classroom. She was little but mighty. She completed her formal education doing correspondence class and traveling to night school in Springfield, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in education from Southwest Missouri State. During her teaching career she taught at Liberty Grove, Ridgeview, Willow Springs and finished at Carmichael in West Plains, teaching the third grade.

Following her retirement after 30 years of teaching she enjoyed traveling taking bus tours. She also went on a cruise to Hawaii with her sister, Loetta Dowell. At home, she spent a great deal of time gardening and taking care of her yard until the age of 86. She enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables and flowers.

Nadia provided care for both of her husbands during their final illnesses. She married Harry Edward Jackson in April of 1946 and after his passing she was married to Forrest Wise in 1992.

Nadia lived a modest lifestyle but was very generous in her support of Pomona Christian Church where she enjoyed participating in quilting with the Ladies’ Aid for many years. She also supported missionary endeavors. Nadia Wise loved her Savior Jesus Christ and taught children to love Him too in Sunday school class.

Nadia was preceded in death by her husbands, Harry in October of 1979 and Forrest in June of 1997; her siblings, Dorothy Lawrence, Lucille Knight, Carl and Melvin Christy and two infant brothers; and a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Hawkins.

She is survived by her children, Linda Marie Hawkins and husband Gary of Stotts City, Harry Edward Jackson and wife, Judy of Pomona and Donald Lee Jackson of Murphy, Texas; seven grandchildren, Shanna Hawkins Pennington, Joshua Jackson, Amanda Jackson Johnson, Brandon Hawkins, Kenny Jackson, Kevin Jackson and Todd Jackson; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Pomona Christian Church with Marcus Allen officiating. Interment was in Mackey Cemetery at Pomona under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

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In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to Pomona Christian Church.

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