Old Lyme - Esther C. Perkins Jackson, 86, of Old Lyme, left this earth on Monday, April 2, 2012. She joins her beloved husband, Stanley C. Jackson; her sisters, Barbara Allwardt and Marion Minkler; parents, Seth A. and Pearl Caldwell in heaven; and her first husband, James A. Perkins.
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She was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Gull Lake, where she sailed avidly for most of her life. She traveled across the United States several times with her faithful dog, Heidi, along with her loving husband, Stanley, embracing all the love and beauty this world has to offer.
She leaves behind her only son, Timothy A. Perkins, who cared for her in the last years of her life, his wife, Barbara C. Perkins, along with several grandchildren, Taylor Perkins, Jessica Perkins, and Courtney Perkins, Heather Harris Miller, John Harris; three great-grandchildren, Grace, Malachi and Jahzara, and two more great-grandchildren on the way; several nieces and nephews and their families; and many caregivers who cared for her and her beloved pets.
Esther was a great lover of music and earned her teaching degree from Connecticut College. She taught music in the Norwich school system as well as many local students in both violin and piano until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, St. Ann's Prayer Group, as well as a steadfast musician at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Old Lyme. She always sponsored children and animals in need and various nonprofit organizations. Her wisdom, spirit, zest for life, and love of music will be missed by many.
Her family invites all to remember her and celebrate her life at 11 a.m. on Friday, April, 20, 2012, at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme. A light lunch will follow.
Published in The Day on April 11, 2012