PEMBROKE – On the morning of Oct. 21, 2012, during a beautiful fall sunrise over Lubec, Jacqueline “Jackie” Bennett Brown passed from this world, peacefully and with her family at her side. She faced her final battle with cancer with her usual dignity and grace, and by always showing more concern for others than for herself. She was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Lubec, to George and Frances (Mulholland) Bennett.
Jackie grew up and attended schools in Lubec and later St. Joseph’s College. She worked for the telephone company and at Project Lodestone. She loved children and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother to nine children, 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. With a keen mind and sharp wit, she was an avid reader, historian and story teller who really enjoyed countless hours reading to children, telling stories, reciting and teaching nursery rhymes. At 88 years old, while having cancer treatments, her mind was sharp and her memory strong as she continued her tradition of reciting the same nursery rhymes and stories to her youngest grandchild, as she had for her children. Her radiant smile was an inspiration to many. She spent her life caring for and encouraging others and was always able to point out the bright side to any situation.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, James A. Brown Sr., in 2005; her daughters, Mary Isabelle Brown, in 1968, and Margaret Jane (Brown) Reynolds, in 1996; and granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth Reynolds, in 1999. She was also predeceased by her brother, James Bennett; and special cousin, Patricia Mulholland. She is survived by children, Janice and Robert Lilley of Belvedere, N.J., Patrica and George Fallon of Trescott, James A. Brown Jr. and Dwight Dissinger of Harrisburg, Pa., William Brown of Dennysville, Donald and Terri Brown of Bucksport, Catherine and David Townsend of Calais and Nancy and Donald Veader of Pembroke; grandchildren, Jason, Jacob, Lindsay, Andrea, Jim, Molly, Sara, Adam, Nick, Ben, Katie, Susan, James, Timothy and Walter; and great-grandchildren, Tristan, Haley, Emma, Marcus, Devan, Brayden, Nora and Cormac. She is also survived by her brother, Charles and Tina Bennett of Lee, N.H.; special cousin, Jill Mulholland; and friends, Maureen, Sharon, Ethel, Cathy and Vicki. Heartfelt and sincere thanks to all of the staff at Oceanview Nursing Home for the incredible care they provided for our mother and especially for making her feel so loved.
Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at St. John Catholic Church, Pembroke. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at St. John Catholic Church, Pembroke, with a reception afterward at the home of James A. Brown Jr. in Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, Jackie requested donations to Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association, P.O. Box 194, Lubec, ME 04652. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Brown family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.