LORAIN — Family of Fanecia Jackson said her untimely death is heartbreaking, but she will live on in their memories through her one-of-a-kind jokes, funny faces and laughter.
Jackson, 36, of Lorain, died Saturday in a rollover crash on state Route 2. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred just before 12:30 a.m. in the westbound lane of the highway, Amherst police said.
Jackson was in a 2003 Monte Carlo SS with her boyfriend, Delucas Lucas, 37, of Oberlin. Lucas was first taken to Mercy Hospital and later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
A nursing supervisor said Monday evening that Lucas is in fair condition.
Two witnesses told Amherst police that the vehicle was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when it rolled over.
Fanecia Jackson lived in a Fulmer Road apartment complex and her mother, Linda Jackson, lived in a nearby unit within walking distance. Family gathered Monday evening in Linda Jackson’s apartment where they spoke highly of Fanecia Jackson and her unforgettable personality.
Fanecia Jackson was a 1999 graduate of Oberlin High School, studied at Ohio Business College and worked as a paralegal. In her spare time, she enjoyed selling Mary Kay cosmetics, family said, and she always wanted to travel.
Jackson made the most of life and could make a big deal out of something small like a day trip to the shores of Lake Erie, family said. She never took for granted the simple yet beautiful things life offered, they said.
Linda Jackson said her daughter was someone people won’t soon forget.
“She was a good, jolly, loveable person,” Linda Jackson said. “Everyone loved her.”
Jasmine Bortner, 18, Fanecia Jackson’s only child, said her mother was the one in the family who knew how to create happiness out of life’s sad moments.
Bortner said that even if the jokes her mother told weren’t funny, one couldn’t help but laugh because of the way her mother laughed.
“If there was a sad moment, she always brought good vibes,” Bortner said. “If somebody was sad, my mom was there. You could be going through anything and she’d make it right. She was just a loveable person, you know?”
Brandi Atkins, reached by phone, said she and Jackson were friends as teenagers. The two went their separate ways later in life, but Atkins said they always stayed in contact.
Atkins echoed the sentiments of Bortner in describing Jackson.
“She was never ever a negative person,” Atkins said. “You could bring negativity into her life like I did at points in my life when I was sad and wanted to talk to her. She would switch the whole situation around into something that made me forget what I was upset about.”
Police have not indicated if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash; a police report was requested Monday but not released. Jackson’s family members said they were told Delucas was driving, and they doubt he was intoxicated because he doesn’t drink.
A funeral service for Fanecia Jackson is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Carter Funeral Home, 3001 Elyria Ave., Lorain.