Born Patricia Joan Roberts, on May 10 ,1928, in Troon, Cornwall, England, to parents Helen (Francis) Roberts of Canonstown, and Charles Nelson Roberts of Troon, after a long and active life ending in a sad decline of her physical and cognitive abilities died in Hospice care on November 24, 2021.
During her long life, she worked as a hairdresser, goat handler, kindergarten teacher and nurse, became an accomplished amateur actress, a busy gardener, prolific knitter, a fine cook (yea, even making pork pies and sundry traditional Christmas cakes and puddings of blessed memory) raised three children, and found time to drive for Meals on Wheels in Wilmington DE and Provincetown MA. She was devoted to her Provincetown connections. From about 1967 or so, Pat gradually spent more of the summer in Provincetown, eventually owning a house there. A diligent churchgoer wherever she lived, she loved to sing hymns----remembering the words and keeping her good voice long after the growing dementia of her final years made this seem unlikely.
During her long summers in Provincetown, Pat was active in several charitable organizations---the Art Association, the library, The Swim for Life event, and especially for CASAS---the small animal care group, for which she topped the list several times for collecting donations and knitted many “Cat Carpets” for sale.
Pat met her husband Roy Jackson in 1952 in Lyme Regis in Dorset, where she was working for a boarding-kindergarten. They were married at Treslothan church (Near Troon) in 1953, and moved to Cheshire after his demob, where Roy’s work as a chemical engineer took him.
In 1955, Roy and Pat moved to the USA where he began working for DuPont. During the following years, they lived in Parkersburg West Virginia, Wilmington Delaware then to Londonderry Northern Ireland and back to Wilmington again. Off again, this time for three years in Luxembourg, followed by a final few years in Wilmington DE., before Roy’s retirement in 1992. All this time, Pat kept up the wide-spread friendships, Cornish and international realized through her travels.
Although she was still vigorous even in her eighties, recognising that neither the Wilmington nor the Provincetown house was suitable for elderly folk, in 2015 in search of warmer climes Pat and Roy moved to Southport N.C. to live with son Jonathan and his wife Melanie. However, Pat’s mental deterioration eventually became so marked that she needed close attendance and had to be placed in the dementia unit of a retirement home. Recently, a series of serious fall incidents sapped her waning strength, and she finally gave up the long fight.
Pat’s immediate surviving family members are: -Husband Roy Jackson of Southport, N.C.; Son Jonathan Jackson and his wife Melanie, of Southport N.C.; Jonathan’s daughter Jocelyn Pagel and husband David. Their children, Adelaide, and Asher, of Winston Salem, NC Jonathan’s son, Dr. Trevor Jackson of Miami, FL, Daughter, Penelope Parker and husband Peter along with their son Ross, all of Uckfield, East Sussex, UK Daughter Margot Page and husband Peter, along with her daughter, Hazel Everett, all of Provincetown, MA.
Pat’s ashes will be scattered in her beloved Troon, and in Provincetown.
Already missed, she will dwell large and long in our memories.
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