[CnD] OT Sad News

ellen telker emtelk at optonline.net
Fri Dec 2 10:51:40 EST 2016

I'm sorry to be sending this, but I thought you'd want to know.  Longtime list member Alice Jackson has passed away, and I'm forwarding her obituary.  I am going to miss her very much.  When I got out of law school and had lots of time because I didn't have a job, Alice helped me improve my cooking skills.  But we didn't just do cooking.  Around the holidays I still remember a lesson on wrapping packeages.  But we didn't just do boxes.  She showed me a lovely way to wrap a liquor bottle if it didn't come in a box.  What a special person she was!
Alice B. Jackson, 64, of Hamden was called home to the Lord on Sunday, November 20, 2016 after a brief illness. The daughter of the late Fred and Frances (Barnum) Jackson, Alice was blind from birth, but she did not let it stop her from living a very full and productive life. 

Alice was raised in Norwalk, and was one of the first disabled students to be "mainstreamed" in the public schools. She graduated from Norwalk High School and attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned a master's degree in social work. She had a long career with the state's Services for the Blind, teaching people who had lost their vision how to regain their independence. 

Alice's intelligence, grace, courage, humor and warmth brought her a wide circle of devoted friends. She was a capable advocate for the disabled all her adult life, serving as president of her local Lion's Club, and active at both the state and national level in organizations for the blind. 

Alice was extremely musical. She sang in the children's choir at St. Paul's church, and in her teens she gained widespread recognition for her heartfelt interpretations of folk songs, accompanying herself on the guitar. Later she studied voice and often lent her fine lyric soprano to classical performances in the area. 

Alice was also a talented cook. All of her friends and family looked forward to her Christmas cookies each year. She was an accomplished knitter and crocheter, an avid reader, a technology enthusiast and a lifelong cat lover.

Alice's life was strongly rooted in faith. She was an active member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cheshire where she sang in the choir for many years. She studied faith healing so that she could minister to those in physical or emotional pain, and became a powerful "prayer warrior," praying each day for healing and peace for our troubled world. 

Alice is survived by her three brothers, Fred (Ted) Jackson and his wife Vickie of Lakeland, Florida, Daniel Jackson and his wife Mary of Ridgefield, and John Jackson and his wife Emily of Milford; her sister, June Jackson of Edmonds, Washington; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial service for Alice on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Peters Episcopal Church, Cheshire. Visitation with Alice's family will take place on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, Hamden. Interment will be private. 

Memorial donations in Alice's name may be made to the Lion's Club at www.lcif.org, or the American Federation of the Blind, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10121 or St. Peter's Church, 59 Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410. To share a condolence with Alice's family please visit www.beecherandbennett.com. 

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