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Sylvia Ann Jackson

September 28, 1945 ~ August 7, 2019 (age 73)
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Sylvia Ann Jackson, (Sylvie) age 73, passed away peacefully at her home in Gig Harbor, Washington on the evening of August 7, 2019, surrounded by her husband Geoffrey, and her three children. Sylvie succumbed to cancer after a courageous and dignified fight. We will be forever grateful for the invaluable help & compassion of the Gig Harbor Multicare Oncology and Hospice staffs, who helped us through this dark time.

Sylvie was born September 28, 1945, in Preston, England. After her marriage to Geoffrey they spent three years in Bermuda, & 37 years in Miami, Florida before moving to Gig Harbor, which Sylvie chose as her final resting place.

Immediately after finishing high school, where she was captain of the swim team, and attending college in the UK, Sylvie worked in Preston as a telephone operator. Shortly after her first child was born, she put her own career aspirations on hold to focus on her growing family. When two more babies arrived, both of which Sylvie cherished as precious gifts, never was anyone happier to put her dreams aside. In Miami, Sylvie became a lifetime sister of Beta Sigma Phi and shared many wonderful hours organizing charity affairs and chapter events with her sisters. As her children moved away to college to begin their own successful lives, Sylvie returned to work in the field of travel, a goal she had previously, selflessly long deferred. Sylvie purchased and operated a highly successful international travel agency in Coconut Grove, Florida. She also started and ran a skiing wholesale company and eventually bought a rental property business which she operated with the help of her husband Geoffrey. After traveling all over the world for her own business purposes, and frequently accompanied Geoffrey on his overseas  trips, Sylvie again sacrificed her personal pleasures and business obligations to take on the full-time, and by far Sylvie’s favorite, role as a loving and nurturing grandmother. Nothing could have stopped Sylvie from fulfilling that dream. In 2006, Sylvia exchanged the Southeast for the Pacific Northwest where she threw her heart into her second and third favorite pastimes, gardening and home remodeling. Rarely was Sylvie ever seen thereafter without either a paint roller, sewing needle or trowel in her hand, and a wide smile on her pretty face.

Sylvie’s life was a living example of how to love one’s children, how to set a shining example for her grandchildren to follow and how to cherish her friends and neighbors in a manner sprinkled with qualities too numerous to mention.

Sylvie is survived by Geoffrey, her devoted husband for more than 50 years, son Andrew C. Jackson and his wife Julia, daughter Nichola K. Smith and her husband Gregory and youngest son Gary S. Jackson and his wife Nichole, and by six adorable grandchildren, the lights of Sylvie’s life, Chase and Peyton Smith, Christopher and Emily Jackson and Lauren and Natalie Jackson. Sylvie also left behind her adoring brother James Crewdson, and his wife Mary, a dear sister-in-law Barbara Ball and numerous nephews nieces, great nephews and great-nieces, including; Michael, Tammy, Victoria, Elizabeth, Geoffrey, Mirjam, Gavin, Graham, Alan, Ron, Mei, Dylan, Ryan, and multiple related family members in England and Australia. All of whom Sylvie loved fondly, treasured deeply and hopefully touched with her kindness and adoration.

Please join us celebrating Sylvie’s life on the morning of Friday, September 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park located at 8053 State Route 16, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. A small reception will follow from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the home of Sylvie and Geoffrey, located at 2705 88th Street Court NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. There will be a short private family inurnment at 3:30 p.m. the same day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any Cancer Charity of your choice in Sylvie’s memory.

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