Glenys Jackson, 81, of Palmerston, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Palmerston Hospital.
Glenys was born to Evelyn and Ken Reid on a farm on the 2nd concession near Palmerston. She went to high school at Norwell Secondary School and then went on for nursing training at Grace Maternity Hospital in Toronto.
She married Ken Jackson on Oct. 11, 1958 and moved to a dairy farm near Moorefield. In the 1960s, Glenys had three children: Mary Ellen, Andrea and Bill. She spent a great deal of time ensuring that her children got the most out of their education and opportunities to study music and art or whatever else they were interested in.
In 1972, Glenys went back to school for further training and became a registered nurse. She worked as a nurse and eventually became the director of nurses at the Geri-Care Nursing Home in Palmerston. She also worked as director of nursing at Caressant Care in Arthur. In both of these work places, she trained many young women who would later pursue careers in nursing and caregiving in the community.
When her husband Ken passed away in 1996, she moved to Palmerston. She enjoyed and participated in the community throughout her life, including the Ladies Aid at the Presbyterian Church and in the Red Hat Society. Although she was always a slight woman, she enjoyed attending all of the many dinners held at churches, in the community and all the local restaurants.
Two years ago, she moved into the Royal Terrace and appreciated the care and kindness of the staff there. Near the end of her life, she did have a number of challenging health issues, but received excellent care under the guidance of Dr. Donald and all the excellent health-care professionals in the Palmerston and London hospitals.
Throughout her life, Glenys was surrounded by a large family who got together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Mary Ellen Jackson and Stephen Rigby of Toronto; Andrea and Raymond MacGillivray of Nova Scotia and Bill and Carrie Jackson of Toronto. She had five grandchildren of whom she was very proud: Jackson and Adrian Rigby, and Madeline, Kelly and Ryan MacGillivray.
She is survived by three of her siblings: Grant Reid and his wife Audrey Reid of Elora, Pat and her husband Moon Mullins of Manitoba and Mary Wilford of Selkirk. Her sister, Betty and Betty’s husband Roy Miller, and her brother-in-law Wayne Wilford predeceased her.
Her husband Ken had a very large family. She is also survived by Ken’s sister, Lucy Clarke of Toronto, and Ken’s brother, Allan Jackson and his wife Shirley. Members of her husband’s family who have passed away include Mary Hollowood, Stella Chapman, Alice Hill, Rus Pearson, Jean Jackson, Alex Jackson, Harold Jackson and Jim Jackson.
As it was her way, Glenys requested that arrangements on her death be simple. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private ceremony for family at interment. On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston, there will be a reception for family, friends and members of the community to share memories of Glenys’s life. Brief remarks by several people will be made around 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Palmerston Memorial Hospital and will be directed to projects for the staff, as Glenys always understood how important the staff is to the health and well-being of patients.