What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Friday, July 22, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines


Saturday, July 23, 2011
10:00 am
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens


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Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens

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Shirley Jackson

Shirley J. (Grubb) Jackson, 52, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born February 9, 1959, in Des Moines, the daughter of Clayton and Mary (Finney) Grubb.

Shirley worked for the State of Iowa in the Department of Corrections for ICIW making a difference in many lives. She was a member of AFSME Union 0451. Shirley enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her daughter and nine grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her former husband, Robert Jackson, Sr.; daughter, Kendra Jackson of Altoona, IA; step-daughter, Amy (Shawn) Swope of Wenatchee, WA; step-son, Robert Jackson, Jr. of Ankeny, IA; nine grandchildren; sisters, Mary Gean of Phoenix, AZ; Janet (Charlie) Moen of Pleasantville, IA; Carol Grubb of Lawrence, KS; and Linda (Dan) Busick of Russell, IA; brothers, Clayton (Polly) Grubb, Jr. of Des Moines, IA; George Grubb of Boone, IA; and Larry (Melinda) Grubb of Des Moines, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Kenneth and James Grubb.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 22, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family in loving memory of Shirley.