Odette Jackson was born in Rock Island, IL. She graduated from Rock Island High School and attended Black Hawk College. She has been married to William Jackson for nearly 53 years and they have two sons Aaron and Scott and six grandchildren. She worked for the US Air Force for 19 years and the US Army for 11 years where she worked as an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Director, Installation Management Command and retired in 2007 with 30 years of distinguished service. After retiring she worked at KCCDD. a community services agency, for seven years. She is of Baptist faith and loves The Lord. She has volunteered with several organizations to include SGAAA, Habitat for Humanity Knox County, Knox Prairie Community Kitchen, secretary at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church and is a Senior Usher at Second Baptist Church, Rock Island where she is a member. She has also mentored a young man for 12 years. She believes we are all here to serve and help others whenever possible. She has lived in Galesburg for the past 24 years.