Bette Perrine Jackson, 92, of Uvalde left to be with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ on August 18, 2020, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on October 6th, 1927, in Washington, D.C. to the late Ethel (Henry) and Dr. Norman Perrine.
She moved to Laredo with her parents and her brother, Burton, and graduated from Martin High School in 1945. She met and married Elbert W. Jackson (Jack) on June 21, 1947. Together, they raised their two children, Rex and Jana. The family lived in Laredo, Brownsville and Kailua, Hawaii, while Jack worked as an entomologist for the United States Department of Agriculture. Bette was a great wife and mother to her children and a devoted Christian, who served the Lord faithfully for all her life.
While living in Kailua, Hawaii, she played lots of golf and loved her bridge games with her local girlfriends on Kailua Beach.
After her husband retired in 1976, the family moved to Uvalde and built their home, which became their retirement home of residence. Her life was full of travel experiences and volunteer work at Uvalde Memorial Hospital and El Progresso Memorial Library. They started their own cactus business, in which they traveled back and forth from Texas to California, exchanging plants to sell at local nurseries and flea markets along the way. Bette and Jack lived an eventful life together for many years before his death in 2001.
During her later years, Bette never missed a Sunday crossword puzzle, and was so confident in her abilities she completed them in ink. Her love of crossword puzzles spilled over into making her the fiercest competitor during “Wheel of Fortune” every night. Bette loved gardening and was an encyclopedia of plant names.
Bette was a member of First Baptist Church and thoroughly enjoyed her church family and going out to eat with her close friends after church. Her favorite was ordering beef enchiladas at Vasquez Mexican Restaurant.
The family would like to give thanks to all the First Baptist Church members who supported her while she was a resident at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for the past four years, with visits and cards of encouragement.
The family would also like to thank all of the staff members at the Center for all the love and support they gave Bette and all of the residents each and every day. They deserve a special place in heaven for the jobs they do to care for our loved ones.
Bette and Jack have rejoined for a happy reunion and an eternity together in heaven. She lived a long and healthy life for over ninety-two years. Her family will miss her dearly and now take comfort in knowing that she is with her husband and with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
She is survived by one son, Rex Harrell Jackson and wife, Sophie of Uvalde; daughter, Jana Jackson Kaura and husband, Steve of Dripping Springs; one brother, Burton V. Perrine of Austin; granddaughter, Chelsey Jackson-Mewhinney and husband, Jacob of Uvalde; grandsons, Dylan Rainey and Maxwell Kaura of Austin; great grandson, Hunt Jackson Mewhinney of Uvalde and great granddaughter, Madison Rainey of Dripping Springs.
She is preceded in death by both parents and her beloved husband.
A private graveside service was held at Uvalde Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dylan Rainey, Maxwell Kaura, Steve Kaura, Raymond Munsell, Jake Mewhinney and Frank Gonzales.
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