Juanita Hazel Rose Jackson came to Vineyard Haven from Boston three years ago to stay with her daughter, Joyce Rickson, when it became difficult to manage alone in Boston. She spent some time at the Henrietta Brewer House until she moved to Windemere, where she declined and died on Friday, Nov. 20. She was 96.

Juanita was a quiet, affable lady with a sense of humor. She was born on Dec. 29, 1919, and grew up in New Bedford to a family of whalers and businessmen (movers). She had two older sisters, Virginia and Catherine, and two brothers — one older, Clinton, or Bill, and one younger, Fabe. All are deceased.

Juanita was five years old when her mother, Alice Fabio Rose, died. When she was 16 years old, her grandmother sent her to Boston to join her father, Charles Rose, and her two sisters there. At age 18, she was married to Bertram Jackson, a mariner and a skipper in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was also a musician and played tympani with the Boston Community orchestra. They had two children, Bert of Detroit and Joyce of Vineyard Haven

Juanita, a hard worker, retired from Polaroid in Cambridge, where she maintained clerical storage rooms and copied volumes of research material. Her hobbies were reading and sewing, and she was active in local senior activities. She lived in a high rise in a neighborhood surrounded by medical centers, colleges, music and art institutes. She was a cordial friend to many students and young professionals who moved through the busy Brigham circle.

Juanita is survived by her two children, Bert and his wife Audrey of Michigan and Joyce Jackson Rickson of Vineyard Haven; four grandchildren, Paul M. Norwood, Tali Jackson, Eban Jackson, and Laila Jackson Hanks and her husband Kyle; two great-grandchildren Kyle Hanks and Jackson Hanks; nephew Eric Rose and his wife Deborah Rose and niece Terri Gillum and her husband Jeffrey of Michigan; grandnieces Charnell, Danyelle and Rena; and goddaughter Michelle Branch Lopes and her sons. Benoit and Bradley Brookens.

A graveside service for Mrs. Jackson will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Parker Street in New Bedford. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.