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Jacquelin "Jackie" (Gilbert)'s Story

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Surrounded by the love of her family, Jacquelin G. Jackson, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Born on June 4, 1930, Jackie was a true Marbleheader, spending almost her entire lifetime within its borders. She grew up on Lafayette Street and Sagamore Road, where she made many happy memories with her siblings, cousins, and friends.
A proud graduate of Marblehead High School in 1948, Jackie went on to the Chandler School for Women, Class of 1950. In 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Bob Jackson, and together they spent many happy years participating in Marblehead life.
During her professional life, she worked at Lumbermen’s Mutual Casualty Company in Boston and at the Registry of Deeds in Salem. When her children were born, she devoted herself to raising her family and supporting them in their activities. Once they were grown, she returned to work. She then spent 10 very happy years working in the office at the Marblehead Middle School, but when she was blessed with grandchildren, she retired so she could be a guiding light in their lives as well.
She served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary of Marblehead Little League and she was also a member of the Marblehead Hospital Aid. She was both a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She taught Sunday School at St. Michael’s Church in Marblehead. Jackie spent many years as an active member of the Boston Yacht Club and enjoyed volunteering for special events such as the Marblehead to Halifax race and work on the Binnacle.
She loved sports and participated in activities such as cross-country skiing, badminton, tennis, and bike riding. Most recently, she enjoyed the camaraderie of her friends at her daily workouts at the Marblehead Council on Aging. She was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, and spent many idyllic hours enjoying their successes.
The true joy of her life was her family. Jackie devoted her life to her children, her husband, her parents, her siblings, her in-laws, and all the friends she considered part of her family. She reveled in the joys and successes of her family and she lent a kind and listening ear to the those who relied on her for guidance. As her brother John said, “she loved life and life loved her." She lived a life driven by kindness and thoughtfulness of others. Even in illness, she would be polite to a fault and was forever inquiring as to the well-being of others.
Jackie leaves behind her three children, Bob Jackson (and Lisa Dooley) of Marblehead, Diane (and Glenn Gow) of Portola Valley, Calif., and Lianne (and Mike) Ivers of Marblehead. Her adoring and devoted grandchildren are Brad, Britney and Brett Jackson, Christopher and Alex Gow and Emily, Nick and Jackson Ivers. Her brothers, John Gilbert and Elbridge Gilbert, also survive her. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews who considered her a central figure in their lives. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert F. Jackson, and her sister, Helen Gilbert Jones.
The Eucharist Service in memory of Jackie will be celebrated on Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in Marblehead. Burial will immediately follow the service at Waterside Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem. For additional information or online guest book, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  June 13, 2017
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