Ida Alberta Branson

March 29, 1927 ~ April 14, 2018 (age 91)

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Ida Alberta passed away at home in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Alberta as she preferred to be called was born to Benjamin and Hazel Gutrick on March 29, 1927.  She was raised for a while by Katie Willett and then by Naomi Coates before returning to live with her parents as a teenager. She was educated in the Charles County School system.  She began her career as a domestic worker.  Later working for the Naval Base in Indian Head as a propellant handler until she retired in April 1975.

She met and married Albert Jackson.  Out of this union, she had three children Mary Jackson Hodgson, Albert Jackson Jr. (deceased) and Barbara Jackson Johnson. 

Her hobbies included sewing, fishing, camping, playing the harmonica and board games.  There was always a hot game of dominoes, sequence or cards a couple nights per week with Uncle Walter and Mother Hazel Gutrick.  No grandma was more loved and grandchildren more spoiled.  When Grandma was around there was always someone to play games with or shoot hoops.  Her latest feat was being the Maid-of-Honor for her granddaughter Aimee’s wedding.  She was beautiful in her Red and Gold gown.

Early in life, she met Christ and was baptized and became a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  Alberta later became a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church until she moved to Virginia in 2005.  She served as a member of the Pastor’s Aid Club and sang on the Senior Choir.  She loved the Lord and read the Bible every night.

She leaves to cherish and morn her death: daughters Mary Jackson Hodgson and Barbara Jackson Johnson (John); four grandchildren Kristopher Johnson (Ashante), Eric Johnson (Linnett), Aimee Johnson-Hines (Jonathan), Jon Hodgson (Tisha); five sisters, Annie Warren (Nathaniel), Betty Ross, Shirley Lewis, Geraldine Ward, and Vyria Cobey (James), and 9 Great Grandchildren.  There is a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  Additionally, she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Gutrick; sisters Nellie Washington and Pearl Smith.

Friends will be received at Mount Hope Baptist Church, Nanjemoy, MD on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10 AM until time of funeral services at 11 AM.  Interment Church cemetery.


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