Mary Deane Jackson

mary jackson

September 11, 1953 ~ April 4, 2022

Born in: Ennis, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

On April 4, 2022, Mary Deane Jackson went to live with Jesus in Heaven. Mary Deane was called “Deanie” by family, friends, and her five grandchildren who she absolutely adored.

Mary Deane is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Jim; her daughter, Laura Wilson and husband Dusty and their children Abby, Maddie, and Andrew; her son Jay Jackson and wife Karen and their children Evie and Wes. She is also survived by her mother, Priscilla Tolar; her sister Donna Baumgartner and husband Herb; her brother Tom Tolar and wife Sharon; her sister-in-law Gloria Rinker and husband Mike; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Mary Emma Youngblood and E.G. and Zenobia DeaneTolar. She was named after these two grandmothers. She was also preceded in death by her father, William Thomas Tolar, Sr.

Deanie was born September 11, 1953, in Ennis, Texas to William Thomas Tolar and Helen Priscilla Youngblood Tolar. She met her husband, Jim, when they were both members of the Ennis High School Band. They were high school sweethearts and were married on June 22, 1973. She attended Baylor University and Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls where she graduated as a registered nurse. Deanie began her nursing career as a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs as Night Charge Nurse for Pediatric ICU. Over her career, she served in various capacities for hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. She retired after 40 years of faithful service, but still continued to care for family and friends. She always had a bag packed ready to go when she got the call.

Over the years, Jim and Mary Deane served in church ministry in many towns across Texas and Colorado. Wherever Jim was serving, Deanie was serving as well. They served in Colorado Springs, Killeen, Waco, Uvalde, Corsicana, Pasadena, and Bryan, TX. Everywhere they went, they brought a deaf ministry to their church. In each town, they met, served, and loved many friends. She would brighten up the room with her smile, wit, and infectious laugh.

Mary Deane enjoyed traveling, especially cruises, in which she had enjoyed over 40 trips. She often enjoyed the excursions; zip lining, tubing, lying on the beach, and swimming with stingrays and sharks (she said they were nurse sharks so they wouldn’t harm her due to professional courtesy). Her favorite activity of all was snorkeling as, while she loved all God’s creation, she loved under the sea the best. Her greatest joy was her family, in which she loved it as all her children and grandchildren would get together anywhere, be it her home, a cruise, or a beach house. With them all together, it made her heart content and she was a happy woman. She called it “blessed chaos”.

We will miss Deanie; her love, her care, her humor, her smile and her ability to beat the boys in dominoes. We rejoice that she is in the presence of Jesus and is free from her struggles. We look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.

We will celebrate her life Monday, April 11, 2022, at First Baptist Bryan, 3100 Cambridge Drive, Bryan. Visitation will be at 1:30 with the service to follow at 3:00 in the Worship Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either

Autism Society of Texas
OR Deaf Kids Code


Visitation: April 11, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

First Baptist Church - Bryan
3100 Cambridge Dr
Bryan, TX 77802


Funeral Service: April 11, 2022 3:00 pm

First Baptist Church - Bryan
3100 Cambridge Dr
Bryan, TX 77802


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  1. Jim and family, We are so very saddened about Mary Deane’s leaving. It is a tremendous loss for those who knew and loved her. Praying for you as you go through this time of sorrow, yet knowing where she is and what JOY she is walking in right now.

  2. Dear Jim and family, so sorry for your loss. Deanie was the most pleasant, bubbly and just a sweetheart of a woman. I know you’ll miss her but just remember all the wonderful memories you had together.

  3. Our sincere condolences to all the family. Mary Deane was special to us, as she was to so many. We pray God’s blessing of peace as you endure these times. Robert and Carol Brazier. Ennis, Texas.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I know your family is hurting in a way that can not be expressed by words. She is with the Lord now and has a big smile (as always) on her face. She was one of my best friends in high school and I will miss her.

  5. Sorry for your lost. Prayers for you, your children and grandchildren in this time of lost. She was a special friend. Ed Ritchey

  6. Jim and Family so very sorry for the loss of your beloved wife Mary. Our prayers are with you during this time. I rejoice in the knowledge you and Mary live in Faith and we know she is with the Lord awaiting your reunion. Well done Good and Faithful servant!

  7. We extend our deepest sympathy in this time of loss. She was a dear friend and many will miss her.

    Tom and Lexie Petty

  8. Your smile, wit and the fun we had in choir in Uvalde is what I’ll always remember. You always showed your love for people in all you did. Our family will miss you but we know we will see you again. Don & Dawn Fulton and Kamryn Jackson.

  9. Special memories of this sweet lady…growing up in the same little neighborhood in Ennis. Got to see her on one of her cruises to Roatan and spent a great day catching up on old times. My love and condolences to all the family.

  10. So very sorry for your loss. Mary Deane was a classmate to my husband and me. I will always remember her upbeat spirit and infectious smile. May she rest in sweet peace. Praying for much peace and comfort for you and your family knowing she’s now celebrating with Jesus that she accomplished “well done my good and faithful servant”.

  11. I am so sorry for your incredible loss. I know Mary Dean was such a special lady, an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and obviously a friend to all. I will always remember Mary Deane coming to school, gifting, Laura, myself and other coworkers with much needed coffee, helping us sort papers, and pack up our room for the summer. Not only was she helpful, but she brought joy and laughter to the room. She will be sorely missed. Much love to you and prayers for peace and healing for your family.
    Jill Thalmann

  12. What a privilege it was to grow up from junior high to now with your mom as my second mom, Laura and Jay. Deanie always made me feel accepted just as I was, welcomed, and in a secret little humor club as she’d mutter her funny little asides to me. (Although I know we were all in that club.) Deanie (in partnership with Jim and you, kids) taught me that authenticity is supreme, especially sprinkled liberally with silly jokes. I struggle to imagine this world without such a larger than life human being, yet I yearn for heaven a big bit more, with a huge chunk of peace, knowing that Mary Deane awaits me, along side so many other loved ones, with a big ole’ hug and some sort of a, “Took you long enough to get here!” joke. I imagine her mansion in heaven as a cruise ship and I can’t wait to come aboard for a reunion. Until then, I’ll endeavor to live a life inspired by her service to others and her amazing grit and humor. Thank you for the privilege of knowing and loving your wife, mom and grandmother. Praying for comfort in your time of grief and incredible loss. Love y’all so much, Jackson and Wilson Families! Cara Fountain Kinney and Family from Cedar Park (and Uvalde!)

  13. So sorry for your loss. Praying for my classmate Donna and her family. May you have peace

  14. Jim and family so sorry for your loss. Mary Deane was such a special friend to me growing up and through our school years. We took turns going to each other’s house after church on Sunday’s. So many special memories. We will be praying for y’all.

  15. Bro. Jim,
    This is Steve and Wanda Wood in Panama. We have been praying for you and Mary Dean for a while now. We are so sorry to learn of her passing. You will continue to be in our prayers, sorry we can’t be at the Memorial service there. May God’s blessings and comfort be on you during this time.

    Steve and Wanda

  16. Mary Deanne, You will be missed so much but rejoice that you are with the Lord celebrating now! You are an inspiration to all that you have encountered and will always remember your laughter and smiles. I’m truly so blessed for having known you during our times in Uvalde and will cherish those memories.

    Nell Pratt

  17. Mary Deane was such a great nurse and lady. Always had a smile and kind word. I met her and her family when she worked at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. My condolences to the family.

  18. Jim and family,
    Bruce and I are so very sorry for your loss. We think the world of your family and we ask God to give you strength during this time of sorrow. ,

  19. Dearest Jim, Jay, and Laura,
    Never has my heart hurt so much on behalf of another as it hurts for you now. Deanie’s smile filled a room the way oxygen fills the air. Her personality and presence was all consuming and so very full of love. I will never forget her laugh, her smile, or her ability to show kindness in every situation. You remain in my prayers every day, and I have the greatest faith that Deanie rests now with Jesus.

  20. There are no words that can ease the loss of a loved one. All I know is the world and our families are better off for having been honored by here presence on this earth. Take pride in knowing she changed the world and continues to change it with everything you and Jay’s family do from now on. In our hearts we will remember her and in your actions she will never be forgotten.

  21. Jesus wrap your loving arms around each one of those who are mourning as they go through the coming days, weeks, months, and years wishing for their wife, mom, sister, grandma, friend to share in their moment. Remembering her laughter and light and praying you feel little nudges from heaven to get you through the hard days ahead.

  22. What a joyful time in heaven, but such an earthly loss of Deanie! I will always remember her smile and laughter while we were in Uvalde!

  23. Oh, the fun we had in choir as altos together trying not to laugh when it was ‘serious’ choir rehearsal. Mark & I adopted your sweet kitty, Tucker, when you moved to Bryan. So many wonderful memories @ FBC Uvalde…. sending prayers of peace & comfort to Jim & family. I know you all will continue her legacy filled with humor AND God’s love! Blessings…

  24. I know this is late but I am sorry to hear about Mrs MaryDeane she had a heart of Gold even when the Jackson family knew me and my sister and my mom may God bless the Jackson Family may Mrs Jackson dance with the angels in heaven and be with our lord and savior. “ Tracey “

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