Ellen "Nellie" Jackson, matriarch of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and trailblazer in the collector car hobby, died Wednesday, February 10 in Scottsdale, Ariz., of natural causes. She was 90 years old.

Nellie was born on August 7, 1919, in Pontiac, Mich. She is survived by her son, Craig Jackson, and grandchildren, Shelby and Hunter Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Jackson, and son, Brian Jackson.

Throughout her life, Nellie Jackson combined an astute business sense, an open and caring personality, strong personal relationships and an appreciation for collector cars and the hobby to create an ever-growing universe of family, friends, colleagues and associates. She has been a true treasure to everyone who came to know and cherish her spirit, ethics, spunk and dedication.

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In lieu of flowers, the Jackson family requests that donations be made in Nellie's honor to the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund.

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