Gretchen Neal Jackson, 78, of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away on Oct. 25, 2022, at Glacier Hills Senior Community. She was born Jan. 20, 1944, in New Orleans, LA to Robert Frazer Neal and Hazel Atkinson Neal who predeceased her. Gretchen married John E. Jackson on Aug. 14, 1965. They have two children: Michael, born in 1968, and a daughter, Carrie, born in 1974. In 1980 she and John moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where she spent the remainder of her life. 

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John E. Jackson; son, J. Michael Neal of Minneapolis, MN; daughter, Carrie Neal Jackson of State College, PA; and a sister Marjorie Neal McCabe of E. Derry, NH. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers we ask that contributions in Gretchen’s name be made to the Gretchen Neal Jackson Scholarship Fund at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance: 

Her full obituary can be found at