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Jennifer Wilkins "Jeffie" Chapin

Jennifer Wilkins "Jeffie" Chapin
  • April 27, 1987 - August 11, 2019
  • Wenham, Massachusetts

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“Sarah and Steve:Debbie and I were saddened to hear of Jeffie's passing and offer our condolences to you and your family. It's been a long time since...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie and Michael Sorkin - IL

“I was so sorry to hear about the death of your daughter. From our similar experience many years ago, I believe the awful sadness will diminish...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Steve Blumstein

“Our deepest sympathy to the Wilkins family from your colleagues and friends at Commonwealth Learning Center. We are thinking of you at this...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Brooks - Needham, MA

“Steve, Sarah and Family Our hearts are broken...tears ran down our faces when we heard the news...Jeffie was Madi's math teacher at Carroll - she...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Maria, Ray, Kristen and Madi Haarstick - MA

“To the Wilkins and Chapin Families - We are deeply saddened to learn of Jeffie's passing at an all-too-early age. As a math teacher to our daughter...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm sooo very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jeffie but, this story really saddens me.My Condolences to all her friends and family and fur babies. ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Lori Dervan - Whitefield, NH

“Sending you prayers and love during these terrible days of sadness! ”
7 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara and Jerry Wolf/Fine - MD

“Steve, Sarah, and familyWhile it has been many years since we have been able to connect, I have fond memories of Jeffie, Nick, and Susannah toddling...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Martin Davis - Parkton, MD

“Dear Sarah and Steve,We are saddened by the loss of your beautiful Jeffie. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Ellen Samet - Pikesville, MD

“We only knew Jeffe as a small child, but given the knowledge we have of the parents she had to be an amazing adult. As a life long equestrian I can...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Vic & Flo Hencken - Prescott, AZ

“So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you. ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: John Fitzsimmons

“Jeffie was my grandson's math teacher at the Bentley School and he loved her for her kindness. My daughter is part of the XC community, and the...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Charlotte Fyfe - Nottingham, NH

“I did not know Jeffie but she sounds like a wonderful person. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Beth Perkins - Rutherfordton, NC

“Steve, Sarah, Nick and Susannah,Your words about Jeffie's love for her horses and living her dream caused tears to roll down my cheeks. This "love"...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Gordon - Brookline, MA

“I've Volunteered for GMHA. There are no words. Just know I understand doing what she loved. I too rode hunters & jumpers when Jeffie's age. Just...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Pat Grove - Fairlee, VT - Teacher

“Our community is holding you and your family in our hearts. The Lab School of Washington ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: katherine Schantz - Washington, DC

“Peace, love, and hope from my heart to yours. ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Brad Rogers - South Wales, NY

“Jeffie and her family were a big part of my riding family while I was at Seery Hill and I will always treasure our time together during those years....Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Stefanie Breton - Pembroke, NH

“Steve, Sarah, and family,All of us on the Jemicy School board of trustees send sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Jeffie. May your...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Pete Ward - Owings Mills, MD

“Steve, Sarah, Nick, and Susanna,Words cannot express our sorrow at Jeffie's unfathomable loss. We are with you in spirit at this most difficult time...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Ben Shifrin - Owings Mills, MD

“So heartbroken at the loss of this amazing woman. My daughter have the privilege of working with Jeffie as her math tutor for several years. She...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Melissa & Tom Kerins - Arlington, MA

“I'm so very sorry and I send heartfelt condolences to Steve and Sarah and the whole family. I remember that Jeffie always liked horses even when she...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Fran Fisher - Denver, CO

“Steve, Sarah and family,I was so saddened to have heard the news from Nance. I sat and reflected on the Jeffie I remembered as a young girl. Today...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Jeanne Barrett - Andover, NH

“So heartbroken at the loss of this amazing young women. Our daughter had the great fortune to work with Jeffie at Brookwood and as a private tutor in...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Tracey Paine - Ipswich, MA

“Wilkins Family.Janice and I are parents of two Proctor students, one of whom, Brandon who graduated in 1995, is also sadly passed. Reading this...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Michael Barker - Los Angeles, CA

“To Jeffie's Family and Friends:Please accept our deepest sympathies. We fondly remember Jeffie from our Carroll Schools days, she cared immensely...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA

“There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss of Jeffie. Her obituary was beautiful as was she. She was such a great friend to my...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Cooper - Framingham

“So sorry for such a loss. My condolences. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Courtney Beaton - Acquaintance

“From one eventer to another...I hope that wherever you are it's a great ride. While I did not know Jeffie, her loss is felt in our community. I am so...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Brynna Gang - Chicago, IL

“Our deepest sympathy to the Wilkins Family. May you find comfort in the support of each other and Jeffie's horses/animals at this most challenging...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Melissa Loura - Newton, MA, MA

“Dear Steve, Sarah, Nick and Susanna,We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your dear, sweet daughter and sister. Clearly, she was a wonderful...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie and Michael Reid - MT


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Jennifer Wilkins Chapin, known to all as Jeffie, died from injuries sustained in an equestrian accident on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Woodstock, Vermont. Jeffie was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27, 1987 to Sarah and Stephen Wilkins. She attended Garrison Forest School in Maryland, Andover NH Elementary/Middle School, and Proctor Academy. Jeffie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience from Skidmore College in 2009 and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Lesley University in 2012. At Skidmore, she was also captain of the intercollegiate riding team during her senior year. In 2009, she was the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national champion in Open Equitation Flat Class Team Competition. Jeffie is survived by her husband, Deacon Howard Chapin of Wenham MA, her parents, her brother Nicholas Wilkins, her sister Susannah Barry, and her grandparents Linette French of Annisquam MA, and Angela and Herbert Wilkins of Concord MA.

What is most important to understand is that Jeffie lived her dream, a dream she had from her earliest days, to be surrounded by horses. She had her own horses, she lived on a beautiful horse farm in Wenham MA, she worked hard every day for her horses, donkey, dogs, and cats, and she found a husband in Deacon who shared these loves with her. Few of us actually know our life dream. From her earliest days as a child, she actually knew precisely what her dream was, and she achieved it. On her last day, Jeffie was doing exactly what her life dream had in store: she was in an equestrian competition with her horses alongside of her husband and her dogs. Jeffie's dream has now become eternal.

Jeffie was a teacher. She possessed deep insights into her students in the classroom and in the riding ring. Her humility, kindness, tenacity, honesty, love, and intelligence caused her to be remarkably successful helping children. She taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln MA, Brookwood School in Manchester MA, and Bentley Academy Charter School in Salem MA. Additionally, she helped hundreds of young children acquire a love of horses and all the work and satisfaction that derives from helping animals. Deacon's father, David Chapin, and step mother, Lauren Norton, and Jeffie's parents have established the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation so that Jeffie's legacy will endure as the foundation seeks to make the equestrian world accessible to young people who need financial support to pursue their dreams. Tax-exempt contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 110 Larch Row Wenham, MA 01984

Services will be held on Friday August 16th at 11am at The Myopia Hunt Club 435 Bay Road in South Hamilton, MA. Attire is informal (coat and tie not necessary). Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield.