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PEABODY, MA - Jo Anne Borek, 84, of Swampscott, Mass., passed away on February 15, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Gordon, of 64 years; and sons, William (Evelyn), James (Laureen), and Scott (Jill). Jo Anne was a devoted grandmother of twelve. She was preceded in death by her father Roland Reid, mother Helen Reid, sisters Judith Cassidy and Jane Whittier, and grandson Gordon R. Borek.
Jo Anne graduated from Swampscott High School in 1950, and from Katherine Gibbs School in 1951. She was active in local youth and charitable organizations, and held various local, state, and national political positions. For many years she served as Trustee and Executive Director of the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund. She also served as Trustee and the Director of the Ruby W. Linn Foundation.
In 1967, Jo Anne was named the Swampscott Woman of the Year by the Lynn Daily Item. In 1970, the Marblehead-Swampscott YMCA presented her with their Service to Youth Award.
A memorial service will be held on Friday February 23, 2018, at 10 a.m at the First Congressional Church, located at 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott, MA. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her memory to Angell Animal Medical Center - 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America - 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. For more information, or online guestbook, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com, or call 978-744-0497.
Published on February 19, 2018
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