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Sad News – Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson, a longtime employee at JR Motorsports and mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has passed away following a battle with cancer. She was 65 years old. Known for her wit, charisma and unparalleled ability to cut to the heart of any matter, Jackson became an instant favorite to her friends and colleagues at JR Motorsports when she joined the company as an accounting specialist in 2004. Her sarcastic musings and straightforward approach injected a brand of humor at JR Motorsports that became part of its fabric as it grew into a full-time NASCAR racing operation in 2006 and a championship-winning organization in 2014. Brenda Gee and Dale Earnhardt were married in 1972 and had two kids – Kelley and Dale Jr. – over the span of their marriage. The couple eventually separated, and the children stayed with their mother as Dale Sr. struggled to get his racing career going. Following a house fire that left the three with no home, Brenda moved back to Virginia to start over. She re-married in 1985 to Willie Jackson, a firefighter in Norfolk. When Willie retired, they moved back to North Carolina with step-daughter Meredith to work with Kelley and Dale Jr. at JRM. Memorial contributions may be sent to Piedmont Animal Rescue or Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell.(JR Motorsports)