Jean Wilson Tharp, a long-time resident of Darien and a former resident of Rowayton where she was raised and spent her early years, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23 at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton. Born Aug. 5, 1930 in New York City, NY, she was the daughter of the late John Marion and Mary (Rooney) Wilson. She was 84.

Ms. Tharp received her bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle and her master’s degree from Teachers College Columbia University. She was a former teacher with the Weston Board of Education. Ms. Tharp was a long-time parishioner of St. Thomas More R.C. Church and attended Bible studies and taught CCD. She was very active with the Darien Community Association and was a former President in 1999 and 2000. She was also very involved in the Darien Community Association’s Garden Club.

Ms. Tharp is survived by her husband of 57 years, Carey E. Tharp, Jr. of Darien; a son, Carey E. Tharp, III of New Haven, CT; a daughter, Janet T. Lucas of Darien and two grandchildren, Brian A. Lucas and Andrew T. Lucas also of Darien. She is also survived by a sister, Janet (Sister Stephanie O.S.U.) Wilson of the Bronx, New York. She was predeceased by a brother, John M. Wilson, Jr.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More R.C. Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820.

— by The Darien Times