Anne Elizabeth Jackson, 80, a resident of Paso Robles, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2018, with her loving daughter by her side.
Anne was born on Dec. 15, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., and was the eldest daughter of the late William Jackson and Emily Winters Jackson.
Anne graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester, N.Y. in 1955, and from Cornell University in 1959. Shortly after college she moved to the Lower East Side in New York City and began a career in education. She was a beloved teacher and friend to her high school students, many of whom kept in contact with Anne as they went on to build careers and families.
Anne was a fiercely independent woman who lived a bold life as a progressive thinker, often adopting ideas and championing causes years before they became mainstream. She was a feminist, political activist, and environmental rights champion. As an early member of the Libertarian Party, she served as campaign manager to Roger McBride, the fledgling party’s 1976 presidential candidate. After moving to the Los Angeles in 1979, she worked with various environmental rights organizations to fight against pesticide use and environmental pollutants.
An avid reader, home decor enthusiast and talented seamstress, Anne made many of her own clothes and enjoyed making clothes for her friends and family. Anne loved music and played the guitar with folk music groups in college, and later in life with church groups. After moving to Paso Robles, she attended Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living in nearby Templeton every Sunday, where she loved singing hymns and fellowship with other parishioners.
Anne is survived by her spouse, Norman Gauss of Paso Robles; her daughter, Rebecca Weill of San Francisco; sister Mary Fiordeliso of Rochester, N.Y.; nephews Steven Jackson and Alex Jackson; and niece Danielle Elkins. Anne was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Ethlyne Jackson Davidson.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in New York, where Anne spent a major part of her life. Burial service will be private, in Paso Robles, where Anne had her final home.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Brookdale Senior Living Paso Robles, where Anne was a resident in the Memory Care Unit for several years, for their kind and compassionate care.
For those who wish, contributions in Anne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, by visiting https://m.alz.org/donate.asp.