Sheriff's Office mourns loss of "Mama"

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Johnnie Mae Jackson was matron and cook

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce the loss of our Matron and Cook. Johnnie Mae Jackson. The woman known as "Mama" to all at the Sheriff's Office and jail went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Jan. 18. She went peacefully while being surrounded by friends and family.

Johnnie Mae “Mama” Jackson, born Oct. 25, 1925, began her career with the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on June 17, 1969, working in maintenance and the jail cook for LCSO.

She quickly became an icon of the jail, making sure all staff and inmates alike were well nourished. Everyone enjoyed “Mama” as she was known throughout our community. Although Mama officially retired on Dec. 31, 1988, she did not end her tenure with the LCSO. She continued to volunteer until her declining health forced her to stay home only a few years ago.

Rest in Peace Mama. You will be missed.

Details on services are forthcoming and will be published when finalized.