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Monday, December 12, 2016

Evelyn P. Jackson, 97

Evelyn Palmer Jackson, a lifelong Westport resident, died Dec. 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 97.

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Evelyn P. Jackson: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late John A. Jackson Sr. was born in Westport on Sept. 6, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Jennie (Izzo) Palmer, both from Formicola, Italy. 

She was born and lived on Cross Street and spent her youth with her best friend, Lucille (Dolly) Purcell. Together, they visited the library and the “Y” after school.

She loved swimming her entire life and during the summer she went to Compo Beach every chance she got. The family moved to Main Street in 1931.

Evelyn loved downtown Westport and her first job was as a clerk at Hart’s 5 & 10.  She met her future husband at Compo Beach tossing stones at one another and on Saturday nights attended Gristede Bros. gatherings around bonfires enjoying beer, potato chips and hot dogs with Westport friends, John and his brothers. 

Married in August 1941, Evelyn and John moved to Washington D.C. and then to Philadelphia where John worked for the U.S. Maritime Commission. 

They built a post-war home on Reichert Circle.  Summers she took all the kids in her car to Compo Beach.  Later she worked at various jobs including a prep-cook at Bon Appetit,  a baker for the Westport schools and a clerk at Klein’s. 

She was a lifelong member of Assumption Parish where she received all her sacraments. She was a member and past regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  All who knew Evelyn will always hold a special place in their hearts for her—she was kind, humble, caring, giving and above all loving.

Survivors include one son: John A. Jackson and his wife Deborah of Stratford, two daughters: Rosemary Jackson of Westport, Flora Meilan and her husband Carlos of Westport, and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by four brothers: Benjamin Palmer, Frank Palmer, Peter Palmer and Richard Palmer, two sisters: Mary Cocchia and Theresa DeLallo.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec.14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Thursday, Dec.15 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road. Condolences for the family may be left online at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.


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