Elizabeth Harriet Montgomery Jackson, the mother of actor Samuel L. Jackson, died Oct. 23 in Rome, Ga., after a long struggle with Alzheimers.

Ms. Jackson lived in Chattanooga, Tenn. During WWII, she and her sister, Frances, were recruited by the Navy to become clerk-typists in Washington, D.C. She subsequently received a Recognition of Service Award from the United States Navy Bureau of Navy Personnel.

She made a career for herself as a buyer for a Chattanooga clothing store and the Moccasin Bend Mental Institute.

In addition her son, Jackson is survived by her daughter-in-law, LaTanya Richardson Jackson; a granddaughter; and two sisters.

Donations may be sent to the Alzheimers Assn. in Ms. Jackson’s name.