Ethel Perry

Obituary of Ethel Perry


Ethel “Jean” Perry, 90 , of Jacksonville IL, passed away November 11, 2017, at Heritage Health Nursing Home in Jacksonville IL. Jean was born on January 31, 1927, in Webster, New York, the daughter of Charles Elmer and Mamie Close.  She was united in marriage to Marshall Perry on May 5, 1951, and he preceded her in death February 9, 1998.


Surviving are her sister, Marjorie DePauw of Fairport NY; her children, Janice Briggs (husband, Steve) of Jacksonville, IL, Jacqueline Gray ( George) of Crawfordville FL, Gregory Perry (Cheryl) of Jacksonville, IL, and Gail Olson (Tim) of Jacksonville, IL; her grandchildren, John Magnuson and Jason Magnuson of Orlando, FL, Justin Doolin (Katie) of Springfield IL, Jeffrey Olson (Rachel) of Springfield IL and Patrick Olson of Jacksonville IL, Nicholas Gray (Heather)  of Crawfordville FL,  Christopher Gray of Gulfport MS,  Julie Zemanick of Selkirk NY, Shad Gray of Selkirk NY, George Junior of Leesburg FL and several nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Helen Risk, her brothers, Howard Close, Lawrence Close, and Milford Close, all of Webster NY, and grandchildren Eric Olson and Brandon Perry of Jacksonville IL.


Jean graduated from Webster High School in Webster, New York.  She was the youngest of six children growing up on a busy orchard farm in Webster New York.  She attended classes at the Rochester Business Institute, University of Rochester, Illinois College and MacMurray College.  She was a member of the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School Director and Nursery School volunteer.  She was a member of the Homemakers Extension, a Board Member of the League of Women Voters, a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, and an Emergency Medical Technician on the Ambulance Squad.  She was a volunteer to the Morgan County Health Department, Meals on Wheels, Hospice, the Crisis Helpline Intervention Center, Prison Visitation, Norris and Passavant Hospitals, 4-H Clubs, Brownie Scouts, PTA and Band Parents.  She also worked as a stenographer, secretary and bookkeeper, all in New York.  Jean loved her board and volunteer work with the American Red Cross and helped on the site of Hurricane Andrew in Florida.  She was always interested in health care and after raising her children, she went back to school to become a nurse and worked at Passavant Hospital and nursing homes.


Jean loved spending vacations with her family in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.  She was an avid gardener and Bridge player.  Jean moved many times in her adulthood due to her husband’s career with Mobile Chemical and managed several homes in New York, New Jersey and Illinois.  Being an ice skater in her youth, she loved to watch ice skating competitions.  She enjoyed travel and visited many countries including Holland, Spain, France, Japan and Italy.  Jean loved helping take care of her grandchildren.


There will be a private service and burial at a future date at the Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL.  The Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials can be made to the JASA/Eric Olson Memorial Hockey Rink, Jacksonville Saints  Special Olympics, or Jacksonville First Presbyterian church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home at 1405 Lincoln Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650..  Condolences may be sent to the family at  

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