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Atlanta reacts to former first lady Bunnie Jackson-Ransom’s passing

Bunnie Hayes Jackson-Ransom (Credit: Special)

Bunnie Hayes Jackson-Ransom.

The wife of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, Jackson-Ransom was known for being a well-respected public relations specialist, entrepreneur and author. 

By Allison Joyner

Atlanta residents are reacting to the passing of their former first lady Burnella “Bunnie” Jackson-Ransom, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, at age 82.

“The City of Atlanta is sending prayers of comfort and peace to the family of Bunnie Jackson-Ransom. The former wife of Mayor Maynard Jackson was an incredible force of her own. She was a PR wiz and marketing pro, an educator and an author. But perhaps most importantly, she was a wife, mother and grandmother. I will forever remember our former First Lady for her lively spirit and the boundless energy she brought to all that she undertook. Bunnie loved this city and we loved her back. Our condolences to the Jackson and Ransom families during this time” Andre Dickens, Mayor of Atlanta

Married to former Mayor Maynard Jackson, Jackson-Ransom became the first Black First Lady of the capital city in 1974. She also spent over 35 years as a public relations agent and handled several major corporate clients, including Waste Management, Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta Life Financial Group and Spelman College. 

Ransom Jackson was an accomplished author as well. She wrote two books: “Getting the Word Out: How to Market Your Ministry,” and “Memoirs of a Life Well Lived: The First “First Lady” from S.W.A.T.S.”   

“Whether in public service or business, her grace and leadership left a lasting impact on not just those she encountered but the entirety of the Atlanta community,” said Brian Kemp, governor of Georgia. 

She also served as the 24th president of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered,” the chapter said in a statement. 

No funeral arrangements have been announced at this time. 


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  1. Karen Krattinger February 3, 2023 7:35 pm

    She was a teacher, a boss, a business woman, a mother-figure, a confidant, a mentor, a friend, a leader, a force! She led an amazing life and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm with the world. Bunnie hired me when I was 17 and gave me opportunities that lead me to a career I loved. She is the reason for so many of my lifelong friendships. I’m blessed to have been a protégé of this exceptional (First) Lady and honored to be mentioned in her Memoir. Rest in Heaven, Bunnie. I love you.Report

  2. Klondike Solitaire February 7, 2023 4:58 am

    Your writing is really great. I’m so glad I read it. It kept me hooked the whole way through.Report

  3. Maynard Eaton February 7, 2023 11:40 am

    Bunnie’s public relations firm was named First Class – arguably because she was a First-Class person & professional!Report


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