ALBANY - Barbara Ann Noisette Jackson, 92, passed away after
a brief illness on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Albany Medical
Barbara was a lifelong resident of Albany, NY living 91 years in
her childhood home on Myrtle Avenue in the South End Mansion
neighborhood. She was predeceased by her parents John
Noisette, Sr., her mother Queenie Brown, and brother John
Barbara worked in a number of capacities and titles throughout
her life. She was a Supervisor of Housekeeping at Albany Medical
Center and bookkeeper at Whitney M. Young Health Center.
Following a dream of life outside of Albany, she lived for a short
time in Jacksonville, Florida and Augusta, Georgia. However, her
heart remained in Albany where she enjoyed life-long friends and
her beloved family. Barbara was a devout Catholic, a
communicant of the former St. John’s Church, St. John’s-St.
Ann’s Church and now the St. Francis of Assisi Church. She was
a member of the Albany Loyal Temple #148 of the Elks where she
enjoyed the fellowship of her sister Elks and the numerous
conferences across the State and country.
Barbara was an excellent seamstress, sewing beautiful clothes for
her daughters as they grew up and for herself even up to her
death. Notably, she created many a costume for the annual
Masons’ Potentate Balls. She loved crafts and she and her
beloved younger sister, Josephine were often seen at craft shows
at the Empire State Plaza. She had many interests and loved
making and building things. One special interest of late was
researching for photos of Albany’s lost neighborhoods of the
South End. She befriended Albany’s Official Historian Tony
Opalka and attended many of his presentations. In 2015 Paul
Grondahl wrote a TU article about Barbara “On living 87 years in
the same house, in South Mall’s shadow” dated March 26, 2015.
Sadly, four years later, there was a second article about her when
her house was totally destroyed in a fire along with a number of
other properties on Myrtle Avenue in August 2019. Devastated
but not broken, she said; “No moaning and groaning for me, I’m
ready to move on.” And that she did. She started her new life at
the Glenmont Abbey, making new friends and creating new
Barbara is survived by her four children: Dianne Jackson of
Louisa Vir., Joanne Jackson of New Carrollton, Md., Linda
Jackson-Chalmers (Bill) of Albany, NY, and Howard Jackson, Jr.
of Albany, NY. Also, survived by her sister Josephine Traynham,
her children John and Yvonne Noisette, her brother John’s
children Joseph El-Wise Noisette, Leonard and Mark Noisette,
and a host of loving nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great
grandchildren on the Jackson side of the family.
Visitation will be Monday, December 14, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at
SL McLaughlin Funeral Home, 1226 Broadway, Albany, NY. Co-
vid regulations will be strictly enforced. A private family funeral
mass will be held on Tuesday, December 15 at 11 am at St.
Francis of Assisi, 93 Fourth Avenue (at Franklin St,), Albany, NY.
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