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Hyburnia Everett

November 12, 1924 - April 11, 2017

Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area

Hyburnia (Crabbe) Jackson Everett, 92, of Hazel Park, MI and formerly of Madison Heights, passed away on April 11, 2017. She was born in Holland, Missouri to the late Alvin and Olive Crabbe. She is survived by her children Jerry (Barbara) Jackson and Judy (Jeff) Totman, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her mother Olive Bell (1965) and her son James Gary Jackson (1968).

Hyburnia lived in TN as a young child eventually moving to Detroit at age six.  She lived on Bethune & Third Sts and also on Maplewood off Grand River.  At age 14 her step-father, Lawrence DeWitt, taught her to drive his Hudson built "Terra-Plane" car in the alley at the Maplewood address.

She attended Northwestern High School on Woodward Ave.  At age 16 she quit school to go to work. Her first job was as a waitress at the White Tower restaurant (now known as White Castle) located at Grand River and Tireman.

Growing up in Detroit she use to go to the Grande Ballroom where she learned to to do the Jitterbug, Fox Trot, Waltz and the Two Step. She played Croquet on Belle Isle and ate Cream Puffs at Saunders on Woodward Ave for 15 cents. She rode  street cars for 6 cents a ride and a penny for a transfer, shopping at Lerner's, Three Sister's and Hudson's. She also shopped underground entering at the Fisher Bldg to shops located below.

At around age 18 she was employed at the Murray Body Plant (known now as the Russsell Ind'l Center). She was a riveter working on wings for the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber planes for WWII. On March 4, 1944 she married Garlin Jackson in the Chapel at the First Metropolitan Methodist Church. She had three children and continued working as a waitress/bartender until she retired at age 62.

Hyburnia loved country music with Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold being her favorites.  She also enjoyed Englebert Humperdink and her all time favorite song was Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley. She spoke of a time she was at the Grand Ole Opry and with connections through a cousin who worked there she was able to sit near Roy Acuff and she had a conversation with Minnie Pearl in the restroom! 

She loved going to the movies and Susan Hayward, Doris Day & Rock Hudson were her favorite actors. She learned to sew at a very young age and continued to do so over the years making many garments, drapes, dolls and quilts. Crocheting was a favorite pastime along with crafting many different things including wooden bird houses which she constructed and painted herself. She loved anything Victorian and loved shopping garage sales and resale shops, especially Value World.

Dorothy Nims was a very special sister-in-law and loving friend throughout Hyburnia's life. When you marry brothers a very instant and unique bond forms.  A bond that in this case withstood more than 70 years of time.  Even after the sadness and separation that divorces create, they remained close, true and loyal to one another sharing many memories . I thank Dorothy for that, for being so good to her and especially for loving her.

Hyburnia had two dear and faithful friends during her lifetime.  One being Shirlene Welsh - a very close friend for over 65 years. They shared many laughs and heartaches together and were very much like sisters.  The other was a yellow one-eyed stray that stole her heart - He was a cat that loved to be petted on his belly, dropping down and rolling over which is why she named him Roller.  He was always by her side and she cared for and loved him for the past 11 years.




Funeral Information

A private memorial service will be held.

Donations Information

Memorial donations can be made in honor of Mrs. Everett to the Michigan Humane Society.

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