Longtime teacher Clary M. Jackson passes away at 68

Clary Moore Jackson, 68, died on April 3, 2020, at Stansell House in Ocean Pines as the result of a stroke suffered in February. She had previously been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-related dementia in 2015.

Clary Moore Jackson.

​Born on May 11, 1951, in Salisbury, her parents were the late Marshall Whitfield Moore and Ruth Baldwin Moore.

She attended the Campus Demonstration School at Salisbury State Teachers College, before graduating from James M. Bennett High School in 1969. From there, she went onto Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) before transferring to Salisbury University, from which she graduated in 1973.

She became a school teacher, first at Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin, and later at The Salisbury School, Salisbury Middle School, Wicomico Middle School, Westside Intermediate School and Pemberton Elementary School.

While a teacher, she earned a master’s degree in Reading at Salisbury University in 1991 and became a reading specialist. During holiday seasons, she worked at Kuhn’s Jewelers in Downtown Salisbury.

​As a child, she spent many summers at the Moore family cottage on Brannock Bay in the Neck District of Dorchester County. She enjoyed being on the water, although she later said that her constant exposure to crabbing and fishing made her dislike seafood.

Nevertheless, she was a skillful cook. More importantly, she was an energetic and outgoing woman who exuded good cheer, wit  and humor with everyone she met.

For over a year before her death, she became close friends with her daytime companion, Wendi Dashiell Ward, who took her shopping, to dental and doctors’ appointments, and to lunch.

She previously served as a board member for the Life Crisis Center and for The Salisbury School. She was once a volunteer for Coastal Hospice.

She is survived by her husband, Judge W. Newton Jackson III, whom she married in 1991; a daughter, Lauren Holland Duffy; a son, Devin Burnett Holland of Berlin; granddaughters, Alana Duffy, Ava Holland and Lila Holland; and a grandson, Carter Duffy.

She is also survived by her stepdaughters, Jennifer L. Jackson of Alexandria, Va.,and Kate C. Jackson of Irving, Texas; and a brother David W. Moore of Salisbury.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marshall B. Moore, in 2010.

​Interment at Spedden Cemetery in Dorchester County will be private due to the current health crisis. A memorial service will take place at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury on a later date.

Donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD, 21802.

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