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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE TUESDAY, JULY 29- THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014 11 Obituaries )) Gwendolyn 'Gwennie' Jackson, Tunnell and Raysor retiree Gwendolyn "Gwennie" Mae Allison Jackson, 88, passed away peacefully at the Delaware Hos- pice Center in Milford, Friday, July 25, 2014. She was born in Wilmington, Oct. 22,1925, daughter of the late Hannah Mary Cox and John Rus- sell Allison. She graduated from P.S. DuPont High School class of 1944 and enjoyed a career as an executive secretary for the DuPont Company Chestnut Run Division. In the '60s, Gwennie and her late husband, Steve, relocated to her "Lil Town" of Rehoboth Beach where she enjoyed her new home and later on began another career as of- fice manager for Tunnell and Raysor Rehoboth Av- enue location. Gwennie Gwennie Jackson was quite an avid runner and power walker, but her great- est love was dancing, especially country line dancing at Arizona's in Dover and Park Place in Mil- ford. She will be remembered for her love of animals, keen sense of humor, fun spirit, and gift giving. She loved to give "funnie gifts" which were always beautifully gift-wrapped in her trademark "too pretty to open" style. Gwennie was also a published poet who has written over 400 poems about family, friends, all occasions, holidays, and her be- loved "Lil Town" of Rehoboth Beach. Her other creative and ar- tistic talents consisted of playing the organ at Holly Oak Meth- odist Church, sewing, knitting, gardening, and gourmet cook- ing and baking. She was also a longtime member of the Village Improvement Association in her community for over 25 years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. "Cleopatra" Jackson was preceded in death by her lov- ing husband, Stephen "Farouk" ]ackson; and her brother, Russell Allison. She is survived by her stepdaughter Barbara Whinnery and her husband Rich and their son Scott of Gig Harbor, Wash.; stepsisters Charmayne Coffren of King field, Maine, and lay Rus- so and her husband Michael of Wilmington; sister-in-law Mar- ion Allison of Wilmington; and several nephews, a niece, and a great-niece and great-nephew. She had many, many dear and wonderful friends, including Richard and Rosemary Medeiros, Sandra Parker, Terri and Neal Carter, Reenie and Jim Johnson, and ]ohn and Marilyn Martin. A very special and heartfelt thank you to her caregiver, Ber- tine St. Victor Fils, and to the Delaware Hospice for their out- standing and compassionate care. Services were held. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, and/or Delaware SPCA Sussex Chapter, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Sophia D. 6agen, avid golfer Sophia Dorothy Gagen, 95, passed away at the Milford Cen- ter in Milford Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Sophie was born on her fam- ily's farm in Cutchogue, Long Island, N.Y., Feb. 18, 1919, the eighth of 10 children of the late John and Anna Alec, immigrants from Russia and Poland. So- phie graduated from Southold High School on Long Island in 1937. She was a star forward and captain of the girls' basketball team. She then graduated from Southold Business Academy and became a bookkeeper for Eastern Oil Distributor Co. In 1940, she married Eugene Gagen, a potato farmer from Southold, and raised her fam- ily on their family farm. During her early mar- riage, Sophie was one of the first comput- er operators at IBM. She became a full-time homemaker with the birth Sophie Gagen of their chil- dren. In 1957, Sophie and family moved to Dover to their newly purchased potato farm and set up their busi- ness, Del Best Potatoes, where she acted as bookkeeper. She also attended classes at Wesley College, owned and managed several properties in Rehoboth and Lewes most of her life, and was a volunteer at Holy Cross Church and School. Sophie was an avid golfer. She started as a teenage caddy on Long Island and played into her mid-80s. She was ladies cham- pion at Maple Dale Country Club in 1969, and at Shawnee Country Club, she hit her first and only hole in one at the age of 75. Sophie was artistic, as evi- denced by her paintings, floral arrangements and the design and decorating of her various homes. In 1980, she and Gene moved to Milford, where she stayed in- volved in golf, bridge, babysitting her grandchildren, volunteering at Milford Hospital, and men- taring at LuLu Ross Elementary School in Milford. In addition to her parents, Sophie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Eu- gene Gagen in 1988; her second husband of three years, Curt Callahan in 2001; six brothers and three sisters. Sophie is sur- vived by her three daughters, Continued on page 12 ins Fall 2014. to register ! or y" Losing weight does not have to be a challenge! Healthy Outcomes MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS