Yvonne M. Jackson, 83

Jul 19, 2018

MARION — Yvonne Margarite (Beadsworth) Jackson, 83, of Marion, passed away on June 28, 2018, in Glastonbury, Connecticut surrounded by family after a difficult battle with cancer.  Yvonne was married to Richard Hills Jackson for 61 years. Richard passed away in 2015.

Born Aug. 10, 1934 in Calcutta India during the British Raj, she was a daughter of a British Army captain and a school teacher.  Her parents were also born in India.

Yvonne and her sisters Anita, Jean and Pat moved often in India through her father’s army assignments and had exciting adventures, including tiger hunting, Indian monsoons, owning a pet monkey and other escapades.  Yvonne was very close with her sisters.  One on Yvonne’s most favorite parts of her history was her teacher and later principal at Saint Mary’s High School for Girls, Sister Teresa, later known as Mother Teresa.

Yvonne grew up in Calcutta and became a stewardess with India Airlines where she met Richard Jackson through a blind date while he was in the Navy.  Yvonne and Richard corresponded for two years until Richard proposed marriage via letter.  Yvonne and Richard were married in 1957 on the U.S. Navy Base in Yokosuka, Japan.  They briefly lived on the U.S. Navy base in Sacramento, California before moving to Marion.

Yvonne and Richard was a prominent member of the community, actively involved in many charities and clubs.  Yvonne was one of the founding members of Marion’s first consignment store, Penny Pincher’s Exchange, which has donated more than $500,000 to the First Congregational Church of Marion.  She was active with the Tobey Hospital Guild, Marion Women’s Club, Marion Mothers’ Club, Wareham Garden Club, Marion’s Council for Aging and First Congregational Church of Marion, holding the longest chair position of the White Elephant Table.

Yvonne and Richard’s passion for travel brought them to all corners of the world including Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Europe and Antarctica.  Yvonne was always looking forward to the next trip.

Yvonne is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann Watson, and her husband, Douglas Watson, of Marion, Karen Jackson Milne and her husband, Robert Milne, of Sudbury, Massachusetts and Amy Jackson-Grove and her husband, Wesley "Chopper" Grove of Glastonbury, Connecticut; three sisters, Anita (Beadsworth) Gifford of Alicante, Spain, Jean (Beadsworth) Osborne of Barry, Wales, and Patricia (Beadsworth) Bean of Bath, England; and five loving grandchildren Alex Jackson, and Sonia Boonstra, Lucas and Sarah Grove, and a Brazilian Exchange student/son Cesar Zimmer.

A service to celebrate Yvonne’s life will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2018, at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. A collation reception will follow her memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Penny Pincher's Exchange, Inc. 3 Wells Road, Marion, MA 02738.

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