Debbie Rae Jackson
June 6, 1951 – August 11, 2022
Debbie Rae Jackson was born on June 6, 1951 to B.H. and Pauline Jackson in Vallejo, California. Debbie remained in Vallejo attending Franklin Jr. High and graduating with honors from Vallejo High School. She was the only girl in a family with four brothers. Throughout her life, Debbie displayed an ability to be independent and she was unafraid to meet life’s challenges.
Debbie was a trailblazer being only the second African American woman to graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Accounting. She later completed a Master of Science degree and became a Certified Public Accountant. Debbie worked in corporate America and achieved the highest levels of success as evidenced by executive level titles throughout her career. After decades of service as an accountant, Debbie retired as the Vice President/Comptroller for the Quadrant Corporation.
Debbie gave birth to her only child, Damon Williams. She shared her enthusiasm for sports with Damon and soon became a “basketball mom.” She was his greatest cheerleader from high school through his professional basketball career.
Debbie played golf, tennis, and was an avid skier. She was a founding member and treasurer of the Four Seasons Northwest Ski Club. Her competitive spirit was always on display. When she sat down at the domino or bid whist card table, she often declared herself the winner before the game even started. Debbie loved to travel and made many trips both in the United States and abroad with friends and family.
Debbie was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was responsible for the management of church finances. Later, Debbie combined her love of Christ and talent with numbers to help launch New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. Her dedication and stewardship helped propel NBCF from the first services held in a school cafeteria to its present location. Debbie was relentless in her dedication to ensure the prosperity and growth of the church. She served as a member of the usher board, the women’s chorus, and media services. Recently, the NBCF Fellowship Hall was renamed the Jackson-Ankcorn Fellowship Hall to honor their work in building NBCF.
Debbie was committed to her family and friends and will be remembered for her generosity and concern. Her most cherished moments were those spent with her three grandchildren in Finland. Debbie is survived by her son Damon Williams (wife Eva) and grandchildren Kion, Kenisha, and Kianna (Finland); her brothers, Joe Jones (wife Mona), Kenneth Jackson, and Vernon Jackson; Nephews Brent Jones (wife Janine), Aaron Jones, Eugene Jones (wife Hollie); Nieces April Roberts, Eugenia Jones-Billie (husband Gregory), and Antoinette Jones. Debbie is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews including Nia Jones, Bryce and Kyndal Walker, Joi Williams, and Gena Jones. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents BH and Pauline Jackson, brother Elvin Jones, niece Dana Walker (husband Bill). Debbie peacefully departed this life on the morning of August 11th, 2022.
The homegoing service for Debbie Rae Jackson will be held on Thursday, September 1st at 11:00 am at the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship 19300 108th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031