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In loving memory of
Jacqulyn Lu (Ferry) Kessler
  • September 08, 1934
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  • November 06, 2022

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Born September 8,1934 in Quincy, MI.  Died peacefully at age 88 on November 6, 2022, under the wonderful care of Reflections Memory Care in Port Orange, FL.

From Quincy, Jackie moved to a family-owned farm in Litchfield, MI where she lived until graduating from Litchfield High School (1952). She earned a BA Degree from Albion College (1956) and worked as a Social Worker in Detroit, MI (2 yrs) before earning a teaching degree from Michigan State University.  She taught in Royal Oak, MI. for 10 yrs before moving to Daytona Beach, FL where she taught elementary and gifted and talented students. Jackie earned her MS Degree from Nova University (1985) before retiring in 1997.

Preceding her in death were her parents Clarence and Mildred (VanPatten) Ferry, only daughter Lisa Ann Kessler (1990), ex-husband Ray Kessler (2010), brother and sister-in-law Harold Ferry (2008) and Marcia (Branstetter) Ferry (2022), sister-in-law Betty (Anson) Ferry (2022), and daughter-in-law Inga Kessler (2022).

Survived by 3 sons, Gary Kessler (Mary) La Quinta, CA, Mark Kessler, Boca Raton, FL, and Randy Kessler (Linda) Ypsilanti, MI. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Ronald Ferry, Litchfield, MI, Alton Ferry (Kay) Jackson, MI. Many beloved nieces, nephews and (great) nieces and nephews.  Many would call her a cherished friend, often meeting on Friday nights at Stavro’s.  But especially her best friends Ann Oakley, Barb deVignier, and more recently her best friend/nurse Carol Comerate, RN.

Jackie loved to travel, whether back to Michigan to visit family, friends, and the family farm in Litchfield, or family/extended family in California, Montana and beautiful memories traveling all over the world.  She loved music, especially Mozart and Beethoven, enjoyed flowers, birds, and working outdoors.  Jackie is especially remembered for her sense of humor, spontaneous songs, sarcasm and beautiful smile.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Jackie Kessler, to Halifax Humane Society, Daytona Beach Salvation Army, and First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2:00 at First United Methodist Church, 336 S Halifax Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32176.  The Memorial Service will also be available to be viewed through a livestream provided by First United Methodist Church, firstunited.org. A memorial service will also be held in Litchfield, MI at a later date.


Service

Location:
First United Methodist Church
336 S Halifax Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32176
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Date & Time:
November 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM


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  1. Terica Charles says:
    14 Nov 2022
    Mrs. Kessler, you always told me I was a gifted writer but words fail me in expressing the hurt that comes with your transition. I am so grateful for my time with you. You taught me things that not only got me through your 5th grade gifted class, but also prepared me for life. You were never more than a phone call away and even on my darkest days, you were my ray of sunlight. Thank you for checking on me, always encouraging me, always reminding me that you were so proud of me. I love you so very much and I am comforted in knowing that you genuinely loved me too. Thank you for the gift of YOU. ❤️

  2. Jan Campbell says:
    12 Nov 2022
    Dear Jackie,
    It’s hard to say goodbye to my best friend. I will always cherish my memories of being together…. college friends, sorority sisters, maid of honor at my wedding. Gone but not forgotten. You will always have a special place in my heart.
    Love,
    Jan Campbell.

  3. Daniel Kessler says:
    09 Nov 2022
    Dear Jackie,

    I'm so grateful for all of the joyful memories I have of spending time with you. Your kindness and warmth paired with your sharp wit always made you one of my favorite people to talk to, and even when I was a child you always treated me with respect and thoughtfulness. I'll miss you.

    Love,
    Daniel

  4. gary kessler says:
    09 Nov 2022
    My Dear Jackie, words cannot begin to tell the story of how grateful I am for all the years I had the good fortune of having you in my life. I, my family and the world are so blessed to have you as a mother, friend, teacher, confidant and so much more. Your thoughtfulness and kindness to and for others was nothing short of amazing, even in the darkest of times. You have changed our lives in wonderful and immeasurable ways...forever!

    I love you, Jackie. I always will.

    Gary

  5. Kristen Kessler-Henry says:
    09 Nov 2022
    I will be grateful for eternity that Jackie found her way to our family and I was able to live my life alongside hers. She was a model to us all; embodying compassion and optimism where there should be none. Selfishly I also morn the person inside of me that only she saw.

    I will miss our stolen conversations on couches in quiet spaces during our busy visits; I find myself now wishing I had spoken less and listened more.

    I love you, Jack.

  6. Daniel Zawacki Sr says:
    09 Nov 2022
    Farewell sweet lady. You were and will always be a person I always looked up to. Thank you for your kindness and love over the years. I will think of you fondly and remember the positive impact you had on my life.

    Love,

    Dan Zawacki

  7. Jenny says:
    09 Nov 2022
    I will always remember her singing!

  8. Mary Kessler says:
    09 Nov 2022
    We miss you Jackie, but you left us with constant reminders of your spirit. We know you are finally in the loving arms of your dear Lisa, Harold and Marcia. Everyone of us you have touched will always have a special place in our hearts forever. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life, your spunky personality, your generosity, your love of music and your forever wit that many times included a song. I love you, Jackie. ❤️

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