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Agnes M. Jackson, retired registered nurse and homemaker who as a child made brownies for Einstein, dies

Agnes M. Jackson, raised 9 children in a raucous and athletically oriented home full of her children and their friends.
Agnes M. Jackson, raised 9 children in a raucous and athletically oriented home full of her children and their friends.(handout/HANDOUT)

Agnes M. Jackson, a retired registered nurse who raised a family of nine children, died Friday of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former longtime resident of Baltimore’s Hamilton neighborhood was 89.

The former Agnes Marion Frohling, daughter of Edward Frohling, a banker, and his wife, Agnes Oden’hal Frohling, a registered nurse and homemaker, was born at home in Princeton, New Jersey.

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She was raised in Princeton in a Colonial-era home on Stockton Street across from Morven, which at the time was the official residence of the governor of New Jersey. Morven, built in 1730, was the home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

“She and her six siblings made brownies for their eccentric neighbor, Albert Einstein, in exchange for math tutoring,” a son, Gerry Jackson of Perry Hall who is a Baltimore Sun sports editor, wrote in a biographical profile of his mother.

Mrs. Jackson was a graduate of the Cathedral School in Trenton, New Jersey, and earned her nursing degree from the St. Francis School of Nursing, also in Trenton. She worked at New York University’s hospital before marrying James H. Jackson, a Morristown, New Jersey, sportswriter, in 1955.

The couple moved to Baltimore in 1961 when Mr. Jackson joined The Sun’s sports desk as a reporter. He died in 1992.

Family members say she was a “soccer mom” long before the term became popular. She reveled in shuttling her children to their various sports events, ranging from softball to lacrosse, in her Volkswagen van.

She didn’t mind that her yard was reduced to a dusty playing field, or that sometimes her living room and collection of Hummel figurines and furniture became casualties of her band of overzealous youthful athletes.

Mrs. Jackson echoed her husband’s mantra: “We’re raising kids, not grass.”

After her youngest child reached school age, she returned to nursing and worked at what is now the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She ended her career in the late 1980s as a private-duty nurse.

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Mrs. Jackson was a longtime communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister taking Communion to residents of area nursing homes.

In recent years, Mrs. Jackson was living in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where her two daughters lived. “Two weeks shy of her 90th birthday, she could still recall the birthday of each of her 31 grandchildren,” her son wrote.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at her church, 5309 Harford Road, Hamilton.

In addition to her son and 31 grandchildren, Mrs. Jackson is survived by six other sons, Joseph Jackson of Baldwin, James Jackson of Forest Hill, Thomas Jackson of Parkville, Ed Jackson of Towson, Matt Jackson of Ellicott City and Jack Jackson of Manassas, Virginia, two daughters, Mary Therese Lutz and Bernadette Colburn, both of Hanover; three brothers, John Frohling and Lucien Frohling, both of Montclair, New Jersey, and Edward Frohling of North Carolina; and two sisters, Marie Rawlings of Chatham, Massachusetts, and Betty Curtis of Princeton, New Jersey.

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