"Pure Grace"

"You will show me the path that will bring me life, being with you fills me with joy, and when I am seated at your right hand I will enjoy pleasures forever."  - Psalm 16:11

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Karen Ann Jackson (Engle) 1956-1992
Karen's first and middle names meant "grace" and "pure".  She enjoyed joking about her balance problem by referring to herself as "pure grace".  Yet, there was a lot more to her name than either of us would realize.  Karen lived, and then died, as a testament to the pure grace of God.  To have had the honor of being her husband for almost fifteen years is a thing that I will forever be grateful to God for.

Karen was the best thing next to God that ever happened to my life.  Though it's been just over four years since her death, I still have an emptiness inside that cannot be filled.  I've tried to finish this page since the day that we were able to put the Network online.  I'm afraid that it has been much harder than I realized it would be to share this part of our lives.

It came to me not too long ago that many people other than myself and my son have been blessed by Karen's life.  So, I contacted the Alumni Association at Bob Jones University, and asked that anyone who attended school, student society, or church with her in Greenville would write me and share their memories of Karen with the rest of us, here on this page.  If you are one of those persons, or someone who remembers Karen and the influence that she had on your life, please contact me here, and we can arrange that your thoughts be placed here as a memorial to her faithfulness to God.

It would be a comfort to me to know that she had touched many other lives besides my own.  If your browser allows you to hear the music that accompanies each of these webpages, you may recognize the song that enhances this particular webpage.  I am most grateful to God for leading Karen and I to each other.  It has forever changed my life, I will never be the same man that I was before Karen's presence graced my life.

Goodbye, Dearheart, enjoy the Presence of our Heavenly Daddy, and the comfort of our children who joined Him before you, and the memories of our love.

- Michael

Karen loved rainbows!
Thoughts from Karen's Family, Friends, & Others...
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Karen's Husband, Mike...

I will always treasure the part of my life that Karen spent as my wife.  Most certainly, I miss her smile & laugh, her rumpled beauty in the morning, the way that she made me feel like the most important person in the world, her passion, and that deep "love-look" in her eyes when she would look into mine.  But what I really miss the most is her being part of me.  As Karen's condition progressed to its end, it felt as if part of me was dying with her.  When her body finally gave in to her condition, that part of me which was Karen left with her, and left a great emptiness in her place.  Something Karen said to me before her mind grew clouded from her condition will always remind me of her love and unselfishness.  Karen told me, "If God takes me Home, I want you to think about getting married again.  You and [our son] will need a new wife and mommy." Sometimes, God allows us to share in His treasures.  He gave me that opportunity with Karen.

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Karen's Son, "Mouse"...

I miss you, Mommy! I wish I could have seen you before you got sick.  Please never forget me or Dad.  See you in Heaven.  I love you!

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Karen's BJU Classmate, Debbie Kiser Johnson

I remember Karen for her high, sweet voice and her responsive spirit.  I was the society chaplain and I could always count on an attentive face when my eyes fell on Karen."

Karen loved rainbows!

Karen loved rainbows!

Karen loved rainbows!

Karen loved rainbows!

Karen loved rainbows!

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