Lynn Ann Osland (Jackson), born on Dec. 9, 1957, died peacefully, but way too soon, on the evening of Dec. 12, 2019, with her husband and children by her side. We remember Lynn for the life she lived, the lives she made, and her incredible courage, always.
She spent her childhood all over the world, living in California, New York, Hawaii, Australia, and Japan before settling with her family in Lebanon, IN, where she rode her bike all over town and discovered her musical and academic talents as a top student in her class, flautist, pianist, and swim team cheerleader. She graduated from Depauw University in 1979 with a degree in Economics and worked for Detroit Diesel Allison and General Motors before moving with her husband to Denver, CO, where they welcomed three children. Heaven sent Lynn to be their mother, and yet she still managed to have a successful career, including serving as president of her own custom, luxury home business, and culminating at the historic city of Franklin, TN.
Career moves brought the Osland family to Huntsville, AL for more than a decade, back to Denver for another, and finally, to Nashville, TN, where Lynn shined as the world’s most incredible “YuYu” and best friend to her granddaughter, Harpie, for the past six years. Lynn always put her children and granddaughter before herself and ensured that each of them felt her constant love and support. She instilled in them the qualities of love, kindness, fun, smart decisions, hard work, positive karma, taking care of oneself and others, and always doing the right thing.
Described by her family as “incredibly strong and flawless,” Lynn was young-at-heart, had a gift for kindness and friendship and made everyone around her comfortable and happy. Active all of her life, she loved running, hiking, biking, chocolate, and spending any moment she could with her loved ones. Warm-hearted, stylish, good at anything she set her mind to, exceptionally intelligent, devoted, beautiful, and generous in spirit, she leaves behind many people who love her dearly.
Lynn is preceded in death by her brother Gary Ray Jackson, mother Barbara Jean Jackson (Davies), and father Raymond Clement Jackson, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 40 years John Neal Osland, Jr., children Jennifer Osland Hillen, Kaylee Kristin Osland, and Beau Christian Osland (Ashley Vigil); and granddaughter Harper Hillen.
The family is grateful for Lynn’s caregivers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Aside from her family, Lynn cared most about babies and children in need, so the family invites you to support those causes in her memory, through the charity of your choice.
Her family welcomes people who knew Lynn to join a social gathering in her honor at 5 pm on Fri., Dec. 20, 2019 at Ulen Country Club and as they celebrate Lynn’s life on Sat., Dec. 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, IN with a visitation at 10 am and service at 11 am, which will be followed by a private family ceremony. The family may be reached at 1810 Brentwood Pointe, Franklin, Tennessee 37067.
Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon, has been entrusted with Lynn’s arrangements.