Jean Duckworth, 78, beloved wife for 30 years of Robert G. Duckworth, died peacefully at the Norwalk Hospital August 29. She was born March 27, 1935, in Manchester, England, the daughter of Emily and John Leicester. She moved to Canada in 1957, and then came to the United States in 1959.
She was a longtime resident of Newtown, where she raised her six children from her first marriage. While in Newtown, she met and married her second husband, Bob Duckworth. A few years later, the Duckworths moved to the Rowayton section of Norwalk, where they have lived for the past 25 years.
Mrs Duckworth worked as a salesperson in retail businesses, and as a flight dispatcher at Danbury Airport. In 1989 she founded the Children’s Attic consignment shop in the Tokeneke section of Darien, and ran it for the following 12 years. She then retired and did volunteer work.
She volunteered as a member of the Auxiliary Board at Hilltop Homes senior living center in Rowayton, and as a server at the senior luncheons at the United Church of Rowayton. She was also a volunteer at the Turnover Shop, a charitable thrift shop in Wilton. Mrs Duckworth was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rowayton Fire Department.
She enjoyed knitting, boating, camping, and growing flowers. She especially enjoyed visiting with her children, stepchildren, and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, her children Christopher Hodge of Newtown, Stephen Hodge of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Michael Hodge of Bridgewater, N.J., Linda Ritt of Virginia Beach, Va., Beth Basile of Quakertown, Penn., and Jenny Okamoto of Carmel, Indiana; her stepsons Mark Duckworth of Merrimack, N.H., and Lee Duckworth of South Kingstown, R.I; her siblings Andrew Leicester of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sylvia Bowden of Ginestas, France; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews survive Mrs Duckworth.
A memorial service will take place Sunday, September 22, at 2 pm, at the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk, with Pastor John Livingston officiating. Burial will be private, in Newtown, and there are no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Adopt-A-Dog Inc, 23 Cox Avenue, Armonk NY 10504; or Treasure House, 5 Isaacs Street, Norwalk CT 06850.
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