Florence Williams was born November 2, 1922 in Grand Rapids. Her parents, Fred Williams (b. ca. 1891) and Florence L. Nitzal Williams (b. ca. 1897) were married February 8, 1915 in Illinois, and divorced on June 6, 1941. In addition to Florence, they had four other children, Donald F. (1920-2013), Richard Earl (1924-2007), Lois Marie (1916-2003), and Muriel (b. ca 1917).
Florence attended Grand Rapids Central High School during the late 1930s, and was involved in Biology CLub, Home Economics Club, the Girls Reserve Club.
On December 17, 1942, Florence married William Carl Jackson (1920-2004). He was the son of Charles Alfred Jackson (1881-1949) and Marie Lundstrom Jackson (1887-1974) and had two sisters, Anna C. (1912-1993) and Selma Pauline (1915-1996). Jackson joined the U.S. Army in 1943.
Florence and William had one son, Charles William Jackson, Sr. (b. 1947).