Estelle Miller JacksonAugust 30,2014
CORINTH CORNER — Estelle Miller Jackson (1910-2014) died peacefully at the Blue Spruce Home in Bradford, Vermont, on Aug. 28, 2014, at the age of 103.
Born Eleanor Estelle Miller on Sept. 25, 1910, in Plainview, New York, the only daughter and youngest child of Nathaniel Edward Miller and Eleonora Wilhelmina von Peyn Miller, Estelle was raised in Oyster Bay, Little Neck and Centerport, Long Island. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1928 and worked for the Long Island Lighting Co. in Northport, New York. In June of 1934, she married the Rev. Edgar Newman Jackson, who was serving as pastor of the Centerport Methodist Church, and joined him in his lifelong ministry. Together, they served churches in Centerport and Mamaroneck, New York; and Thomaston, New Haven, Winsted and Bridgeport, Connecticut. During their 14-year tenure in Mamaroneck, Estelle worked for the Methodist Board of Missions in New York City. In 1965 they retired to Corinth Corner, Vermont.
In 1937, Estelle and Edgar were one of the seven couples that founded the Chelsea Farm Society, a cooperative retreat in Corinth. They built a cottage where they and their family spent many happy summers on their beloved hillside.
Estelle was a talented musician who sang in the church choirs and played the piano. She studied at New York University and Mansfield College, Oxford.
She loved to travel and accompanied Edgar on many trips to Europe, Australia and throughout North America. Following his death in 1994, she continued her travels to Europe and around the U.S. with her daughter, Lois.
She loved learning and was a constant reader. She was also a master of all of the domestic arts. She was a fabulous cook and seamstress. She also knitted and crocheted. From 1967 to ’72, she and her daughter ran the Stitchin’ Time Shop, a sewing and knitting supply and crafts shop in Chelsea, Vermont. Invitations to her legendary dinner parties were greatly sought-after.
She was active in civil rights and women’s rights organizations and was an ardent progressive Democrat. She will be remembered for her ebullient personality, her positive outlook on life, and her concern for others.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1994 and by her two sons: Edgar D. Jackson, 1935-1936, and James W. Jackson, 1938-1972. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Daniel Edward Miller, of Centerport, New York, and Frederick Miller, of Huntington, New York, and Sanibel, Florida.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois; granddaughters Julie Guenther, of Corinth and Denver, Colorado, and Andrea Mayerson, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and four great-grandchildren.
An interment service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the Corinth Corner Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the East Corinth Congregational Church in East Corinth, Vermont, with the Rev. C. Michael Caldwell officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the aegis of Boardway & Cilley, of Chelsea, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Estelle’s memory to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England or Doctors Without Borders. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
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