Dorothy “Dot” Jackson left this world on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 65 years of age. She was born in Dallas, Texas to Charles and Sue Finney. Dot lived life and loved to laugh. She lived most of her life in Mayes County and over 30 years in Boatman. Her home was open to all that came by, there were no strangers. She went out of her way to make children feel special. Dot graduated from Pryor High School in 1975 and continued to Rogers State and NSU with a degree in accounting. She started working at 16 for Larry and Kay Nusz at the Dairy Stop, and never quit working. She worked with the heating and cooling industry for over 30 years. Dot loved helping friends and neighbors fix their appliances and HVAC. She prided herself in knowing her customers and taking care of them.
To Dot, her family was her world. She enjoyed having get togethers around the pool with as many people as she could gather. Her children were her pride and joy. She taught her children how to love and to be adventurous. She loved vacations, although she couldn’t afford many, they made memories anyways. She taught her children to be kind and confident. She would lovingly say that your greatest compliment is your children becoming good adults. She loved the years of coaching soccer and softball and continued the relationships with her players their entire lives. Nothing was more fun for her than taking a carload of players for ice cream after the game. When she found a kid that wanted to play, a sponsor was found to make it happen. She enjoyed all sports and found joy in watching her grandchildren. When it came to grandkids, she came up with adventures for them. She would take Zain and a load of friends to paper yards. She took the great nieces and nephews on trips to see Christmas lights and the nieces and nephews to a cabin on beaver lake. Some of her best times were gathering up kids and taking off. Dot would say to spend your time with the youth, and you will never be sorry for those times.
Trips to Mexico always made her smile, as laying on the beach is good for the soul. Taking the hillbilly cruise was also a favorite and a boathouse on Bull Shoals. Taking her dad on his cruise on the Caribbean was worth all the trouble just to see him smile. Treasure your parents also you only get one shot. The white house, loved mowing my yard and planting flowers. She loved her pool and was much needed to relax her soul and share with everyone. Her house held so many memories, such as senior parties, birthday parties, campouts when the lake had the green slime, and cooking on a grill under the oak tree. She enjoyed music on her patio and had a good time.
Dot leaves us with these words. “Shed no tears for me, I have lived a good life. I packed more in my lifetime than some ever do. Of course, a closing story. As a teen, I would go camping with the Davidson’s on Lake Hudson at Lake Shore. This was every weekend from Memorial Day till Labor Day. Gina and I had to sleep on the lounge chairs and not allowed in the camper. We would wake up to cows leaning over us. Norm would get us up at daylight to go skiing, he wanted to be first on the water. Gina and I swam out into the lake once, I got cramps and Gina had to swim me to shore. It was so scary, but not my time, God had more for me to do.”
Dot is survived by daughters, Kelly Jo and husband Chris Underwood of Pryor, Oklahoma, Misty Johnson of Boatman, Oklahoma, and Kaitlin Jackson of Salina, Oklahoma; son, Dylan Pait of Salina, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Zain Underwood, Rylin Budder, Brantley Pait, and Rosie Jackson; brothers, Bud and Jennifer Finney of Pryor, Oklahoma and Jim Finney of Pryor, Oklahoma; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friend, Gina Sistler. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jackson, grandson, Gage Underwood; and parents, Charles and Sue Finney.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Shipman’s Funeral Home in Pryor. A celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Mayes County Fairgrounds. Lunch will be provided and a time of sharing laughs, pictures, videos, and funny stories. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Gage Underwood Memorial Scholarship Fund at RCB Bank. To leave her family a message, please visit her Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.