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Sterlinda Cennette Jackson was born April 28, 1960 to Laureatha (Henry) and Thomas Jackson in Muncie, Indiana. At the age of 13; she accepted Christ while attending Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Later she moved her membership to Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Jeffery Brown where served faithfully until the time of her death. Sterlinda’s love for God was endless and His presence shined through her loving spirit.
She attended local schools including Garfield Elementary and Burris Laboratory, graduating in 1978. As a PJ’s College of Cosmetology alumnus, her entrepreneurial nature was sparked and she owned and operated her own nail business. Before required to retire early by her medical condition she was employed by Ball State University for over 10 years as well as ABC Bus Station.
Known for her strength and resilience, Sterlinda suffered from a brain aneurysm and stroke that almost took her life in 1986. The doctors said she wouldn't make it and "IF" she did, she would never be the same. Nevertheless, through God's healing hands she continued to not only defeat the odds but lived a joyous and fulfilling life. She touched everyone around her, with an infectious laugh and warm spirit. Sterlinda was always willing to give a helping hand no matter who or what the need, particularly with the elderly. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially on Sunday evenings eating, playing cards and socializing. She was a former member of 24K Black Gold Bowling League, Muncie Coalition of 100 Women, and Dodge City Riders Motorcycle Club.
She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory her daughter; Genera Allena Mason, sons; Genard Tyrone Mason and Gerald (Ashleigh)Mason, Jr.; sister, Bambi Henry of Panama City, FL, Robbie Henry of Indianapolis, IN, Candace Jackson and Tiffany Jackson-Robinson, both of Anderson; special sister, Laura Davis-Marshall; brothers, Anthony Henry (Muriel) Jackson and Eric Jackson, both of Muncie, IN, Willie (Melissa) Jackson of Lithonia, GA and Johnny Hardy of Decatur, IL; six beautiful grandchildren, D'Janae Adams, Haley Gasparino, Tyla Mason, K'Lijiah Mason, Alenea Mason and Gerald Mason III; special nieces, Ericca Perry, Ashley Henry-Ivy, LaToya Henry and Tamika Smith; and host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, close childhood; friends; Kimberly Edwards-Hampton and Gina Edwards; along with special friends, Rosa Ferguson, Renee Purdue and Cheryl Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Laureatha Jackson