Obituary: Jane Jackson Edgerton, 89
Jane Jackson Edgerton died at the age of 89 on July 26.
She was born in the Philippine Islands on October 2, 1925 to Col. Percy S. Lowe and Esther Hall Lowe. Mrs. Edgerton grew up in Cambridge, Massachuetts, Washington D.C. and New York City. She graduated from the Brearley and Ethel Walker Schools, and attended Smith College. Her first marriage was to Thurman Arnold, Jr., with whom she had a daughter, Frances. This marriage ended in divorce and she subsequently married Anthony Jackson, whom she met while working together at Life Magazine.
They raised their daughter, Diana, and son, Patten, and also Frances, in Darien. Mrs. Edgerton was an at home mother until the 1960’s, when she began her successful real estate career, at a time when many mothers remained at home. She had a gifted talent for design, architecture and real estate and went on to found Jane Jackson Associates, in Darien. With her friend and collaborator, Ted Graves, she designed, built and sold a number of exquisite homes, her final project being her home at Wallach’s Point, Stamford, which she co-created with her third husband, Malcolm Edgerton.
Mrs. Edgerton had boundless energy, curiosity and ambition, and while she faced many obstacles throughout her life, she always met them head on, overcoming them with dignity, determination, and grace.
Mrs. Edgerton had a large network of wonderful friends whom she maintained throughout her life and where social gatherings were a constant fixture. Most importantly, Mrs. Edgerton new the importance of “family” and would work tirelessly to gather her children, grandchildren, siblings, cousins and friends together with the intent of ensuring loving ties that would last a lifetime.
To her children, Mrs. Edgerton was a source of strength and a challenger of the status quo, her family said. She was their provider and inspiration whom they viewed as a force of nature. Right up to her final day’s with them, Mrs. Edgerton had nearly all facets of her persona in tact — strength, wit, stubbornness, determination and, most importantly, her love of family and to the loving attendants at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living who cared for her in final hours and to whom her children are so grateful, they said. For most of their years, her children would often call her “Jane,” not only out of respect and admiration, but because she was their role model and “Rock.” But forever, "Jane" will be remembered most for being their “Mom.”
Mrs. Edgerton is survived by her two daughters, Dr. Frances Lowe Arnold (Robert Stern), Diana Jackson Funchion (Matthew), and her son Patten Jackson (Shaun). She is also survived by seven grandchildren Laura (Daniel Shribman) and Diana Stern, Nicholas, Katharine (Ryan Purvis), Caroline Funchion and Ella and Nicholas Jackson and two great grandchildren, Harry and Ben Shribman. She is also survived by a brother James B. Alley, Jr of Santa Fe, New Mexico and a sister Cynthia Andrews of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was predeceased by a brother, Harrison Alley.
— by The Darien Times