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Jocelyn Clarkson

Jocelyn Clarkson (Manzer)

Tuesday, January 20th, 1931 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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Jocelyn Clarkson, 88, died on March 26, 2019 in Bennington, Vermont.

She was born in Providence, RI, to Vera (Brown) Manzer and Harold Manzer.  She grew up in Worcester and graduated from Bancroft School and Centenary College.

Jocelyn worked for the American Cancer Society for 18 years. In her retirement she volunteered for the English as a Second Language program at the Shrewsbury, MA, library. Also in retirement, Jocelyn explored other interests and uncovered a hidden skill as a painter. She dabbled in watercolors but enjoyed acrylics as her favorite medium. She was also a voracious reader her entire life, played a competitive game of scrabble and enjoyed a good spirited political discussion. She enjoyed many life-long friendships with people of all ages due to her sincere interest in others and lively personality, and continued to make many friends after her move to Bennington five years ago. People from all walks of life were drawn to her, and she reciprocated their affection.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Clarkson-Smith and Bruce Smith of Bennington, VT, and son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Lynn Furler-Clarkson of Rockport, MA; four grandchildren, Caitlin Smith of Georgia, VT, Michael Smith of Napakiak,, Alaska, Benjamin Clarkson and his wife Chelsea of Frederick, MD, and Ethan Clarkson of Brooklyn, NY .  She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Frank E. Clarkson, PhD and her sister, Anita Muchmore of Charlton, MA.

Graveside services will be held at the family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA  01545.
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    Concord, Massachusetts
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Nancy Peers

Posted at 01:28pm
Jen, it was sheer joy to know your mom. Every time I think of her I smile, because she always had a smile for me & everyone around her. I remember coming to the dining room on Tuesday evenings with a bottle of wine in tow to share with her friends, and if you caught her eye, she would give you a wink and a giggle. The raucous discussions at the table, especially about the current political climate, brought much revelry for the surrounding tablemates. Your mom was always sweet and gracious in demeanor and will live forever in my heart. Hugs to you!

Jennifer Clarkson-Smith

Posted at 08:25am
Residents and staff of Brookdale Senior Living and caregivers from Bayada and At Home Senior Care gathered recently to celebrate Jocelyn's life. While enjoying her favorite coconut and lemon flavored snacks and wine, the following thoughts were shared about Jocelyn: * She had a genuine interest in others * Jocelyn was a kind and compassionate person * She was very friendly and had an amazing smile * Jocelyn was a secretly competitive scrabble player * She was a classy, strong lady with fancy patterned compression socks that made people smile * Jocelyn was a best friend who will be greatly missed * She had a great sense of humor * Strong interest in politics and enjoyed lively discussions on the topic * She loved dogs and babies * A stoic, positive person who never complained * Jocelyn had a comforting, calm voice * A great listener * She had a generous spirit * Jocelyn was a great lady who brought out the best in people * Patient * She trusted her inner voice * Loved to read * Jocelyn lit up the room

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