Biography: Shirley Jeanette Randle Jackson, daughter of the late Abe Randle and Bessie Smith, was born on July 25, 1938. She was the widow of Silas Jackson. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shirley transitioned on July 14, 2020 at Mount Sinai Morningside.
She worked very hard in her community and retired from the health care field. As a member of the Tenants Association, she was the Community Spokesperson. Her efforts were instrumental in saving the Residence Park for Seniors from being sold to billionaire real estate mogul, Donald Trump, the 45th and current US President. Her expressions were recorded in the renowned, The Villager Newspaper, a community paper, prior to her declining health.
For many years, Shirley’s home has been a safe haven for her family and friends…never a hesitation. Through trials and tribulations, she was the “solid rock” for siblings, as well as their families.
Shirley possessed great leadership skills and was not afraid to show tough love in order to motivate and give strength to her family and anyone who crossed her path. She was a hero, a rock, and an irreplaceable loving mother to her two daughters, Clarissa and Shirley Ann. Kudos and blessings to her for being an example for her daughters to become remarkable women, mothers, grandmothers, and a great grandmother.
A truly phenomenal woman, worthy of public recognition, who leave behind a legacy of strong women prepared to make their marks in society and take their places as the next senior Matriarchs of the Smith generation.
Shirley leaves to cherish fond memories, her brother, Ezra Randle (Helen), her sister, Renee Randle, her two daughters, Clarissa Randle and Shirley Ann Jackson, her seven grandchildren, Edward Lee Jackson, Sha-Heen White, Sr., Manual Weems, Kadrina Turner (Curtis), Michael Samuda, Jr., Glen Martin, Jr., and Nefertiti Martin, as well as a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.