Published: 2:10 pm, Sun. Sep. 18th, 2016Updated: 2:08 pm
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at First Presbyterian Church for Robin Ann Jackson of Artesia.
Jackson, 61, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at home with her family by her side.
Pastor Daniel Phelps will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dr. Crit Caton, Thad Phipps, Cooper Henderson, Jeff Davis, Rick Stewart and Chandler Johnson.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Robin was born March 10, 1955, in Artesia, the daughter of Bill and Carol Tolle.
On March 5, 1977, she married David Jackson, and together, they had two children, Kale and Mackenzie.
Robin taught English for 32 years at both Park Junior High and Artesia High School. She received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, given to New Mexico’s most outstanding teachers. In 2008, she became the AHS English Department Head until her retirement in 2011.
Robin’s teaching took her students beyond the classroom. She taught them to enjoy every minute of the day and to attack life with vigor. She was loved and adored by both students and staff alike. She brought passion to every project she took on – from the “Roadkill Divas” at Bulldog pep assemblies to organizing the Homecoming parade. She never did anything halfway.
A lover of music, Robin incorporated music into much of her teaching, challenging her students to find the hidden meaning within a song and educating them on the classics like The Beatles, U2 and the Stones. She believed in the power of the pen and often told them that your words have power. She encouraged others to think outside the box and step out of their comfort zone. Never one to back down, she always stood up for what she believed in.
Everything she did, she did it with passion. To her, teaching was not just a job. She poured her heart into her students and poured that much more into her own family and children. Robin never stopped caring for others. Even into retirement, she wrote down her goals and aspirations for the future.
She was the embodiment of what it means to be an Artesia Bulldog. She has been described by many as the face and the heart of Artesia High School.
Action Jackson – an incredible wife, mother, teacher and friend. In the City of Champions, she was ours.
Survivors include her father, Bill Tolle, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; husband David Jackson of Artesia; son Kale Jackson and wife Elisabeth of Artesia; daughter Mackenzie Jackson of Artesia; brothers Curtis Tolle and wife Debbie, and Corey Tolle, both of Artesia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Carol Tolle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Basket of Hope, an organization created to deliver care packages and baskets to children diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses. To donate online, visit www.basketofhope.org.