Our History - Remembering Audrey


Audrey Edith Dillard Jackson was born in Perth Amboy N.J. Audrey attended public school in Perth Amboy and upon high school graduation entered into nursing training school there. Having completed nursing school, she worked for a number of years at Perth Amboy General Hospital as a registered nurse. Audrey was a beautiful young woman and decided to leave nursing for a modeling career.

She modeled for the Society Unlimited Models Inc. and was featured on many billboards and advertisements throughout the metropolitan area. Simultaneously she was employed by the Prudential Insurance Company as a special agent recruiting at the United Nations in New York City. She received many accolades and was recognized as a Million Dollar Producer for the company.

In 1960 she married Herbert A. Jackson and together they traveled the world extensively. The love that was shared between the two of them was indeed a beautiful one, a love that lasted for over 40 years. Audrey, an astute woman of class always had a desire to learn. Mrs. J., as she is fondly referred by friends, enrolled at Farleigh Dickenson University receiving a degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa cum Laude. She matriculated to the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and earned a degree in Funeral Service. For several years, she worked side by side with her husband at Jackson Funeral Residence, assisting families during their time of bereavement. Unfortunately in 1985 Herbert A. Jackson suffered a near fatal stroke that left him partially paralyzed. In the tradition of so many strong black renaissance women she took the helm and continued to carry the family business to the next level. A multitalented individual, Audrey operated the business and cared for her devoted husband. Through prayer and a tenacious character she persevered.

Even in the midst of these troubling times, Mrs. Jackson found time to be active in the community. She served as president of the Hudson County Funeral Directors Association, president of the N.J. Girlfriends Inc. and president of the Hudson County Juvenile Committee. She served on the Lutheran Church Council, the Hudson County Board of Planed Parenthood as well as many other local, state, and national organizations.

On January 31, 2003 Audrey suffered a tremendous loss, the death of her partner Herbert Alexander Jackson. She soon thereafter retired from funeral service on a daily basis, however,she continued to counsel her daughter Rosalyn A. Browne and the entire staff of the Jackson Funeral Residence in the practice in which she so excelled. On June 30, 2012 after a long illness, Audrey departed this life to enter into her heavenly home.


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