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Patricia J. Jackson, modeling school owner

April 17, 1929 – Sept. 2, 2015

Patricia J. Jackson, a professional model who went on to start her own businesses, died Sept. 2 in Seneca Health Care Center, West Seneca. She was 86.

Born in Buffalo, she was a 1947 graduate of South Park High School and attended the Empire School at Buffalo State College.

Ms. Jackson was crowned Miss South Buffalo in 1952 and was a John Robert Powers model locally. She appeared in live television commercials here for Queen-O beverages and other area advertisers in the 1950s.

She was a Bubble Girl at the Town Casino, her family noted, and dated several celebrities that she met in the nightclub and through her modeling work, including actors Broderick Crawford and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and singer Johnnie Ray.

She later started her own modeling school and taught classes at Erie Community College in modeling and career and social skills. She went on to establish Distinctive Specialties, which provided business clients with advertising on pens and other promotional items. She retired in 2000.

Survivors include a brother, Paul; and a sister, Judy Biber.

Services were private.

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