GLOUCESTER, MA - Jeraldine Anne (Kyrouz) Dexter passed away peacefully on March 2, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late H. Clark Dexter Jr., whom she had shared 54 years of marriage until his death in May, 2017.
Jeri was born on June 20, 1942, in Gloucester, Mass. She was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude (White) Kyrouz. She graduated from GHS, class of 1960. She was also a graduate of LaSalle Junior College, class of 1979, where she received her degree in nursing (R.N.).
Jeri and Clark operated the very successful and beloved Dexter's Hearthside Restaurant in Essex from 1974-1989. After retiring, they spent many years traveling. They enjoyed yearly visits to the Cayman Islands, cruised through the Panama Canal twice, and drove an RV across the U.S. to Alaska.
Throughout her life, Jeri helped others. She was a member of the Rape Crisis Hotline in the 1970s, which was affiliated with Addison Gilbert Hospital's mental health center. She loved to read and was always up on the latest news and health information. For three years, she donated her time tutoring elementary school children through the program America Reads.
She adored wildlife, especially birds, spending hours watching them at the many bird feeders hanging throughout her property. She also had a great fondness for elephants and dogs, especially Grace the greyhound.
For many years, she was an ardent cheerleader for her oldest granddaughter Samantha's ice hockey and softball games, logging many miles up and down the East Coast. "Gram" was one of Sam's biggest fans. They were very close.
Her youngest granddaughters, Jerry and Aimee were true lights in her life. They always made her laugh and their visits never failed to lift her spirits. They gave her tremendous joy.
Her grandsons Harold IV and Nicholas were a great source of pride to her. Jeri loved to talk about their latest adventures and how they were growing up to be the sweetest young men.
She cherished her time with and remained close to her Kyrouz cousins; Judy Bouchie, Linda Burns, Joanie Fugalli and Jane Muise, all of Gloucester, and Joanne Caissie, of Minn.
The family would like to sincerely thank Care Dimensions and all their dedicated hospice nurses and caregivers, esp. Hannah, Richard, Karen, Kelly, and the Rev. Rona Tyndall, who guided Jeri during this most trying time.
Jeri is survived by three children, Stacey Dexter of Gloucester, Harold Clark Dexter III and his wife Nichole of Fairhaven, Vt., and Maureen Dexter of Gloucester.
She is also survived by her dear brother, William Kyrouz Jr. and his wife Catherine (Parisi) of Gloucester and their three children, William III (Stephanie) of Beverly, Mass., David (Erica) of Malden, Mass., and Melissa (Scott) Arnold, of Wakefield, Mass.
She has five grandchildren, Samantha Dexter and her wife Kimberly of Milford, Mass., Jerry Yvonne Dexter of Wilmington, N.C., Aimee Dexter and her fiancé Jake Hassell of Rutland, Vt., and Harold IV and Nicholas Dexter of Rutland, Vt.
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Judith Dexter of Calif., Rebecca (Fran) Aliberte, of Calif./Mass., Susan (Thomas) Sullivan, Christine (Dick) Rhodes, Kathy Hurlburt, and Robbie Dexter, all of Gloucester; and brother-in-law, Steve (Dawn) Dexter of Hamilton. She also leaves behind over 20 nieces and nephews and their children.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her former in-laws, Harold Sr. and Eleanor (Perkins) Dexter; her sister-in-law, Norma Dexter; her brothers-in-law, Paul Dexter and Artie Hurlburt; and her beloved sister, Peggy Kyrouz.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please omit flowers. Donations in Jeri's memory can be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 4, 2018