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Jean Duckworth, 78, Rowayton Volunteer

Jean Duckworth
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ROWAYTON, Conn. - Jean Duckworth of Norwalk died Thursday, Aug. 29. She was 78.

Duckworth was born March 27, 1935, in Manchester, England, daughter of John and Emily 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. After her second marriage a few years later she moved to the Rowayton section of Norwalk, where she lived with her family for the past 25 years.

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 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. She had also been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rowayton Fire Department.

Duckworth is survived by her husband, Bob Duckworth; children, Stephen Hodge of Dover-Foxcroft, of Maine, Michael Hodge of Bridgewater, N.J., Christopher Hodge of Newtown,  Linda Ritt of Virginia Beach, Va., Beth Basile of Quakertown, Pa., and Jenny Okamoto of Carmel, Ind.; stepsons, Mark Duckworth of Merrimack, N.H., and Lee Duckworth of South Kingstown, R.I.; siblings, Andrew Leicester of Minneapolis, and Sylvia Bowden of Ginestas, France; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, with Pastor John Livingston officiating. Burial will be private, in Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Duckworth’s name may be made to Adopt-A-Dog, Inc , 23 Cox Ave., Armonk, NY 10504; or Treasure House , 5 Isaacs St., Norwalk, CT 06850.

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