Lalie Solome Jackson
Lalie Solome Jackson
  • December 29, 1922 - November 4, 2016
  • Palmdale, California

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Long time Palmdale resident Lalie Granillo Jackson passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 4, 2016. She was surrounded by her cats and caregivers Angel and Franky.

Lalie was born in Buckeye, AZ, on December 29, 1922. She was the tenth of eleven children of Tibrucio and Theresa Granillo and was the last to pass. The family had a homestead at Robbins Butte near Buckeye, but when Lalie was an infant, the family tired of being flooded out by the Gila River and moved to the Imperial Valley of California, where they were dairy farmers. Lalie grew up there and graduated from Holtville High School in 1940. After graduation she moved to San Bernardino where she became one of the first car hops at the first McDonald's on E Street. She was a tiny thing and they would call out "Little Bit, your order is ready." She also worked for a time as a telephone operator. It was war time, and with Norton Air Base located there, San Bernardino was a bustling place to be, which suited Lalie well. She was always one looking for adventure and excitement.

In the mid-1940's Lalie married Edward J. "Easy" Jackson and they traveled around Southern California with Easy's road construction job. In 1954 they settled in Highland, California, with their three children. With three kids in school, Lalie always volunteered to be the room mother or girl scout leader or chairman of whatever committee needed help. She was never happy sitting at home and loved seeing the world through the eyes of a child. She was also employed as one of the first Tupperware consultants and enjoyed hosting Tupperware parties. She loved to sing and dance and a favorite memory is of her doing dishes and singing the old 1940's WW II songs.

As the children grew up and left, Lalie and Easy moved briefly to the San Diego area and then to Holtville, CA. Here she had her fourth child, just before her first child gave birth to Lalie's first grandchild. She loved babies and was a terrific grandmother, always searching for something fun for them to experience. She went to every festival, parade, music in the park or carnival that was in the area. A favorite memory is that she would take pots and pans and the kids out to the curb at midnight on New Year's Eve to noisily bang in the New Year.

In Palmdale, Lalie was involved in many things including the High Desert Iris and Daylily Society, the Country Ballroom Dancers, St. Mary's Catholic Church and loved volunteering at the Playhouse as an Usher into her 80s. Her youngest daughter, Shauna, attended St. Mary's School and Lalie was proud to be a "water girl" for the Drill Team when she was almost 60.

Lalie was preceded in death by her husband, Easy Jackson, her eldest son, Steve Jackson (Stevie, David and Angela), and her youngest daughter, Shauna Jackson Wiking (Angel, Ryan, Soleil, Christopher). She is survived by her eldest daughter, Sherry Fancher of Spring, Texas (Scott, Kristy and Brandon), and youngest son, Sid Sky Blue Jackson of Palmdale. She was instrumental in raising some of her grandchildren and many of her eleven great-grandchildren, and her passing has left a large gap in their lives. Granddaughter Angel was Lalie's primary caregiver at the end of her life, along with friend Franky and son Sid.

Two of Lalie's beliefs were to learn something new every day, and never stop moving “because you will get rusty.” These tenants kept her vital and active until the last few months of her life. She was just one month shy of 94 years when she passed.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Lalie and any other family members who have passed at Robbins Butte in October at the annual family reunion. This reunion started after the death of the first born sister (Eva) and with Lalie being the last of the eleven to pass, it is the end of a generation of beloved family members. In lieu of any remembrance, Lalie would want you to hug your loved ones, enjoy every day of your life to the fullest, and keep the Peace of the Lord in your heart.