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Levon A. Jackman (Kitten O'Day)

September 08, 1924 - February 05, 2016

A memorial service will be held in the spring at Grace Episcopal Church, Galena, IL.


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Levon A. Jackman (Kitten O'Day)

September 08, 1924 - February 05, 2016


Levon A. Jackman (Kitten O’Day)

Levon A Jackman, 91, of Fargo, ND and Galena, IL, died February 5th with her family and husband by her side.  Levon was born on September 8th, 1924 to Charles and Althea Merchant in Elgin, IL.  She spent her early childhood in Dubuque IA. Later moving to Springfield IL where she attended high school.  She graduated from Purdue University in 1946 with a BS in Home Economics.  She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  After graduation, Levon was a women’s ready to wear buyer for Herndon’s Department Store in Springfield, IL.  She married Dan J O’Day in 1947; she made her home in Fargo, ND where she spent the next 33 years raising her family.  An active member of the artist community, she was one of the four founding members of Gallery 4, which was then located in the old DeLendrecie’s building on Main Street in Fargo.  Levon was a member the Junior League and a former president of her PEO chapter.  Levon was a respected and a well-known artist who shared her love of art with her family and friends. She was known for her knitting, being an excellent seamstress and a spectacular cook.

In 1980 Levon moved to Galena, IL and subsequently married Warren A. Jackman where she purchased an historic landmark building on Main Street and opened Riverside Gallery, where she enjoyed showcasing her art as well as local artists. She loved exploring the Galena area, choir and fellowship of her beloved Grace Episcopal Church and her friends at the Galena Territory.

Levon is survived by her husband Warren A. Jackman, brother Dean Merchant, Daniel James O’Day (former husband), her children Susan O’Day, Peggy Heglie-Kilbane, Jim O’Day, Jean Gottenborg and Anne Paton, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in the spring at Grace Episcopal Church, Galena, IL.  Because of her lifetime love of cats, memorials can be sent to Cat’s Cradle Shelter Inc., 9 Ninth Street South, Fargo, ND 58103.  www.catscradleshelter.org


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2 responses to “Levon Althea (Merchant) Jackman”

  1. Elizabeth O'Day Spivey says:

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Kitten’s passing. Such a beautiful legacy of life and love she has shared with family and friends! My thoughts and prayers are with you all that you will find comfort in the wonderful memories she leaves you. May she rest in peace With deepest sympathy, Liz Spivey

  2. Ilana Kelly says:

    Warren, Jim and family,

    Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed getting to know Levon and the great friendship she and I ended up having. We so enjoyed visiting, walking the halls and outside when her and Warren were still living at HighPointe. We talked about everything including the arts, cooking, baking, our families and much, much more. Levon was such a wonderful caring and kind person! I loved her like my own mother. We had many good laughs together. I will cherish my memories of her forever! God’s peace and love be with your entire family.

    Ilana Kelly
    Levons first caregiver from Comfort Keepers

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