Yvonne Margarite (Beadsworth) Jackson, 83, of Marion, MA., passed away June 28th surrounded by family after a difficult battle with cancer. Yvonne was married to Richard Hills Jackson for 61 years. Born August 10, 1934 in Calcutta India during the British Raj. Her parents, also born in India, her father was a Captain in the British Army , her mother was a schoolteacher. Yvonne and her sisters Anita, Jean and Pat moved often in India through her fathers 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 Yvonnes most favorite parts of her history was her teacher and later principal at Saint Marys High School for Girls, Sister Teresa (later known as Mother Teresa). She grew up in Calcutta and became a stewardess with India Airlines where she met Richard through a blind date while he was in the Navy. Yvonne & Richard corresponded for two years until Richard proposed marriage via letter. They were married in 1957 on the US Navy Base in Yokosuka, Japan. They briefly lived on the Navy base in Sacramento, California before moving to Marion. Yvonne was a prominent member of the community, actively involved in many charities & clubs. She was one of the founding members of Marions first consignment store, Penny Pinchers Exchange, which donated over $500,000 to the First Congregational Church of Marion. She was active with the Tobey Hospital Guild, Marion Womens Club, Marion Mothers Club, Wareham Garden Club, Marions Council for Aging & First Congregational Church of Marion (holding the longest chair position of the White Elephant Table). Yvonne & Richards passion for travel brought them to all seven continents of the world. Yvonne was always looking forward to the next trip. Yvonne is survived by her three sisters Anita Gifford of Alicante, Spain, Jean Osborne of Barry, Wales & Patricia Bean of Bath, England; her daughters Jo Ann & her husband Douglas Watson of Marion, Karen & her husband Robert Milne of Sudbury and Amy & her husband Wesley (Chopper) Grove of Glastonbury, CT. Also surviving are her five loving grandchildren Alex Boonstra & Fiance Elizabeth Hallinan, Jackson & Sonia Boonstra; Lucas & Sarah Grove & a Brazilian Exchange student/son Cesar Zimmer. A service to celebrate Yvonnes life will be on August 10, 2018 at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion, MA at 10am, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Penny Pinchers Exchange, Inc. 3 Wells Rd, Marion, MA 02738.
Published in The Sentinel - Marion from Jul. 17 to Jul. 26, 2018.