Jan Jacobson

It was an amazing year. Mount Rushmore was completed, Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II were born, and Ben Hur was the most popular movie. But the most significant event of 1925 to our family was the birth of Janice (Jan).

Jan met the love of her life at the beach one day. Jake was a handsome Air Force cadet at Keesler Air Force Base. For the next 49 years Jake and Jan moved 15 times with the DuPont Company and traveled the world. Jan taught Sunday school in churches wherever they moved.

Jan was a Renaissance woman.
She was highly educated.
She taught Latin and English Literature.

Jan was one of the few people who could quote de Tocqueville and Shakespeare - and diagram sentences!

After raising her family she was a guide at the world famous Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jan earned a Master's degree in the Decorative Arts specializing in Pre-Industrial Revolution glass. She guided at Winterthur for 25 years. www.winterthur.org

Jan was an excellent bridge player and accomplished golfer.
She was an avid tennis fan and could recite all the stats and rankings of the men’s ATP tour.She even named her dog after her favorite tennis player Rafa Nadal!

Jan had a quick wit and loved to laugh.
She valued education. Jan actively supported the philanthropic P.E.O. scholarship program.

Jan was preceded in death by her mother and father Eunice and Dewey Price, her sister Katherine Finley, and husband Conrad (Jake) Jacobson.

She is survived by her daughters Dr. Judith Katherine Jacobson and Jamie Lee Cahill; grandchildren Shannon Lee Coffey (Chris) and Cameron Jacobson Brown; great grandchildren Brittin McLain Brown, Melissa Judith Coffey, Christopher Thomas Coffey Jr., and Jacobson Roy Coffey.

She is also survived by her beloved brother-in-law Robert Sterling Finley, niece Lynn Dunstan, nephew Robert (Nancy) and their children.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 11am. 101 Old Kennett Rd. Wilmington, DE, 19807.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous can run to it and be safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Now Jan knows in full what she only knew in part before.

Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566 | www.scotthuskins.com.

11 comments (Add your own)

1. Shannon Coffey wrote:
To our special and most wonderful grandmother. Every day we will remember your sayings. We will play solitaire with the children in your memory. We will continue the talent show for you every Christmas. We will ring the industrial jingle bells. We will teach our children to play tennis and play with them. We will travel and gamble at casinos with every minute being for you! We will give ear sandwiches a plenty. We will miss you every day until we see you again in Heaven. I love you, Grandmom. You are my heart and my biggest encourager. I miss you so much already.
Love your first grand baby, Shannon

Mon, January 22, 2018 @ 7:49 PM

2. CT Coffey wrote:
i mis you grandma. you were the best grandmom in the world I LOVE YOU FROM CT

Mon, January 22, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

3. Vernon and Marcia Brinkley wrote:
One of the most amazing gifted women we’ve ever met. We miss you in Alto already, Jan. Our love and prayers to your sweet family

Vern and Marcie

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

4. Missy webb wrote:
I am currently a care giver for Jan's daughter Jamie Cahill I also assisted Jan sometime with her needs In the time that I have known her , I will remember her love her laugh and her tellin me like it is at any given time lol... Rest well sweet Jan you will be in our hearts and minds for a lifetime I love you . Missy:)

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

5. Bobby ginley wrote:
My dear aunt Jan is even more than the wonderful things said about her . One day in the summer of 1961 she asked me to “take care “ of her rooster . No idea how she got him but I did.
So began a great summer of adventure ....many thanks Jan !

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 5:26 PM

6. Jill Nissen (Finley) wrote:
I remember Aunt Jan very fondly when we would see her in Ruidoso. It’s good to see my kids (her great great niece and nephew) have her love of literature.

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 6:29 PM

7. Cameron Jacobson Brown wrote:
I miss you Grandmom. Thank you for all you did for our family, you taught me so much growing up. I miss drawing chalk on your driveway and eating ice cream, staring at the American flag flying in the wind above. Some of my best memories are with you. I loved being able to play freely outside, play In apple fields and pretend to be a fairy in your sweet garden. I miss the pleasant times at Delaware with swim team and hearing you laugh and be peaceful. You will always be here in our hearts and I hope your dancing with Grandaddy In heaven right now. I love you very much.

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 8:20 PM

8. Melissa Coffey wrote:
To our most cherished and beloved grandmother. I love you so so much, you were the best Molly Lincoln and Martha Washington ever. I miss you so very much and can’t wait to see you soon except with the Lord Jesus Christ. I remember the many days when we spent hours sitting at the kitchen table eager to beat Saul, but we barely ever did. I wish that you were there when we when CT and I beat Saul finally, even though we stayed up late trying to be him. Thanks to you I have now memorized all the states and their capitals of the US and CT has memorized all the presidents of the United States as well and of course since we both listen to each other‘s songs I know the presidents and he knows the states as well. Jakey bubba sings his version of the song about the presidents and the statements which sounds more like jibber jabber gone lyrics. My mother and I were watching fun videos about you GGM, I miss you and can’t wait to see you soon!

Tue, January 23, 2018 @ 9:04 PM

9. Yunuen Ruiz (Junie) wrote:
She was an extraordinary person. I will always remember her with a big smile.
Our prayers for all the family

Wed, January 24, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

10. Suzie Hargett wrote:
As a friend of Jan's daughter, Jamie, I was privileged to get to know Jan, as well. She was sweet (but sometimes prickly), encouraging (yet sometimes critical), and incredibly intelligent and well-informed (even with some blind spots, as we all have), warm, caring, and fun-loving. I loved Jan very much! I'll always be grateful for the many hours spent with Jamie and Jan working on some special project, going shopping, going out to eat, having some crazy adventure, or just sharing ideas. They were wonderful times!

Mon, January 29, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

11. Junghee Lee wrote:
Jan i was very sad that i could not visit you during christmas and new years. I will always remember your smile and your hugs whenever we came to visit.
I will miss you.

Sat, February 10, 2018 @ 9:42 PM

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