Darryl Patanian Jackson
Of Buffalo Grove, Illinois

In a word, purpose is how Darryl’s life was lived. For her everything had a purpose and that purpose was centered on the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Lord commands us, she made it her life’s mission to simply love anyone she came in contact with. This gift was a result of her ceaselessly pointing back to Christ and what He did in transforming her life. Through many years of study and devotion, work and prayer, Darryl found meaning and purpose in her life that came to full flower in her final years counseling others who found themselves in what she referred to as ‘the brambles’ spending a great deal of time loving them through it all. Her role as wife, mother and friend were also immersed in God’s grace. Her family and friends were the mere beneficiaries of her never ending joy.

Even in the face of her own death Darryl spent her last years teaching what she learned of God to mostly younger women searching for answers to life’s questions. Her intelligence, joy, wit and laugh held up to the end. Never did she complain of her struggles with cancer, the treatments, the pain, the medicines, the innumerable trips to the doctor or the surgeries nor did she allow the disease to distract her from her appointed purpose; teaching and loving others.

Darryl had a special gift to help those who suffer and all who loved and came to know her benefitted immensely from Darryl’s teaching and love of the Lord.

As we are now affectionately calling her, “Our beautiful Darryl” is terribly missed by all who knew her, loved her and came in contact with her. Life is not the same.

As she said in her last months as she continued to teach “All you need do is abide in the Lord.” And with that we leave this verse from John 15 that captures Darryl’s life. John 15:4-5: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Darryl had dedicated and committed her life to Christ and her legacy, because she remained in Christ, will bear fruit for generations to come. May those of us who believe see her again in heaven. Amen.

Additional information:

Darryl Patanian Jackson was born on October 26, 1956 at Cohoes Hospital in Cohoes, New York to Joseph and Myra (nee McOmber) Patanian both of Troy, N.Y. She passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Barrington, Illinois after a three year battle with Uterine Leiomysarcoma.

Darryl earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. and her graduate degree in psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She completed her clinical work at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.

Prior to residing in Chicago, Darryl lived and worked in Washington D.C. Following graduate school she worked for Syd Simons Cosmetics of Chicago helping to grow the company. Her ability to double its sales, eventually earned her to be listed in Who’s Who in marketing. She moved to Long Grove, Illinois, becoming a member of Long Grove Community Church where she served in a number of capacities that have continued to touch many lives even to this day.

Darryl’s work in the Soul Care Biblical Counseling Ministry at Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, IL was her last and most satisfying work. In addition to this she worked tirelessly in various volunteer activities. Prior to death she was attending the Village Church of Barrington in Barrington, IL.

Darryl is survived by her spouse Robert Rea Jackson III, whom she married March 25, 2006 in South Elgin, Illinois; son, Andrew Patanian Lloyd, of Chicago; step-daughter, Molly E. Jackson, and step-son, Evan R. Jackson both of Buffalo Grove; mother Myra Patanian of Troy, N.Y.; siblings, Deb (Michael) Flood of Penn Yan, N.Y.; Dennise (George) Davis of Vienna, VA.; David (Laura) Patanian of Ft. Mill, South Carolina and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Darryl was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Patanian of Troy, N.Y.

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