Gwendolyn “Gwennie” Mae Allison Jackson, 88, passed away peacefully at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Friday, July 25th, 2014.
She was born in Wilmington, October 22, 1925, daughter of the late Hannah Mary Cox and John Russell Allison. She graduated from P.S. DuPont High School class of 1944 and enjoyed a career as an executive secretary for the DuPont Company Chestnut Run Division.
In the '60s, Gwennie and her late husband, Steve, relocated to her “Lil Town” of Rehoboth Beach where she enjoyed her new home and later on began another career as office manager for Tunnell and Raysor Rehoboth Avenue location.
Gwennie was quite an avid runner and power walker, but her greatest love was dancing, especially country line dancing at Arizona’s in Dover and Park Place in Milford.
She will be remembered for her love of animals, keen sense of humor, fun spirit, and gift giving. She loved to give “funnie gifts” which were always beautifully gift-wrapped in her trademark “too pretty to open” style.
Gwennie was also a published poet who has written over 400 poems about family, friends, all occasions, holidays, and her beloved “Lil Town” of Rehoboth Beach. Her other creative and artistic talents consisted of playing the organ at Holly Oak Methodist Church, sewing, knitting, gardening, and gourmet cooking and baking. She was also a long-time member of the Village Improvement Association in her community for over 25 years.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. “Cleopatra” Jackson was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stephen “Farouk” Jackson; and her brother, Russell Allison. She is survived by her stepdaughter Barbara Whinnery and her husband Rich and their son Scott of Gig Harbor, Wash.; stepsisters Charmayne Coffren of Kingfield, Maine and Joy Russo and her husband, Michael, of Wilmington; sister-in-law Marion Allison of Wilmington; and several nephews, a niece, and a great-niece and great-nephew.
She had many, many dear and wonderful friends, including Richard and Rosemary Medeiros, Sandra Parker, Terri and Neal Carter, Reenie and Jim Johnson, and John and Marilyn Martin.
A very special and heartfelt thank you to her caregiver, Bertine St. Victor Fils, and to the Delaware Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care.
Services were held. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, and/or Delaware SPCA Sussex Chapter, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.