Laura Painia Jackson
Laura Painia Jackson passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 11, 2020. Nicknamed “Toots”, Laura was known as a kind, generous, and caring person who would help anyone she could. She treated her friends and neighbors as family, and she loved her pets. She enjoyed traveling as often as she could, taking her family on vacations to various parts of the country. Laura was 91 years of age, a retired educator with Orleans Parish Public Schools, and business manager for her family’s business, the Dew Drop Inn. Laura was the backbone of the family’s business. She took care of all the financial needs, payroll, ordering supplies, etc. She became friends with many of the entertainers that performed at the Dew Drop. She handled her responsibilities with the business until a month before her passing. As a public school teacher, she was well liked by her students and peers. She would go above and beyond the call of duty to steer her students in the right direction. She was predeceased by her parents Frank Painia and Freddie Painia, brother Gerald Painia, and daughter Marcia J. Dunmore. She is survived by her son Kenneth C. Jackson (Virginia), two grandchildren Lauren Jackson and Robin Jackson, and niece Melanie Painia. When her daughter Marcia became ill after Hurricane Katrina, she lovingly took care of her at home until she passed away a year ago on the exact date, September 11, 2019.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Norman Mayer Ave., New Orleans, LA on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM. All in attendance are asked to wear a mask due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.