Jeanette J. Stuart

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Jeanette J. Stuart, 95, of Machias passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019, after a long and fulfilling life.

Jeanette was born in Franklin, New Hampshire, on March 4th, 1924.  She was a 1942 graduate of Tilton-Northfield High School in Tilton, New Hampshire.

After high school, Jeanette worked at Scott Williams in Laconia, New Hampshire until she married Harold J. Stuart of Machias; they were married for 63 years before Harold passed away in 2009.

In the fall of 1962, she went to work at Machias Memorial High School before embarking on a twenty-year career at the Machias Savings Bank.

Jeanette was a very kind and caring person, who spent many years volunteering for the Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary.  Her faith in God was very strong and beautiful and she was a devout communicant of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Machias, devoting countless hours to the church she loved, in any capacity for which she was needed.

She was an avid reader and a competitive crossword puzzle solver.  She always had a craft going, loved to bake and garden, and enjoyed attending nearly all her children and grandchildren’s activities.  Time spent at Orange Lake, Fulton Lake, and Silver Lake in New Hampshire was cherished by her, where she was always surrounded by her family.  Whatever she did throughout her life, she was the true definition of a lady – a class act.

Jeanette is survived by her five children:  Philip J. Stuart of Machias; Gail Jordan-Stuart of Biddeford; Stephen J. Stuart and his wife, Jeanne, of Marshfield; Mary Stuart-Hillman and her husband, Thomas, of South Portland; and Nancy Davis and her husband, Randy, of Marshfield.  She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Ed Weathersbee of Holden, Massachusetts, and a sister-in-law, Joanne Jordan of Tilton, New Hampshire.

She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Lance Stuart, Jason, Joseph and Jonathan Asbury; Lucas Stuart, Bradford and Jameson Hillman; Jesse Davis and Meredith Harmon; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Besides her husband, Harold, Jeanette was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Lumina Jordan; two brothers, Roy and Robert Jordan; a sister, Joyce Lessard Halvorson; a sister-in-law, Wanda Jordan; and two brothers-in-law, Joseph Lessard and John Halvorson.

Jeanette was also predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Stuart, and three grandchildren:  Joshua Asbury, Heather Stuart, and Matthew Stuart.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the staff at Changing Tides in Harrington, and the Down East Community Hospital in Machias for the loving care given to Jeanette, and for the many courtesies extended to her family.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jeanette may be made to the Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary.

A service for Jeanette will be held at the Holy Name Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 19th at 1:00 pm.  A reception to celebrate her life will be held at the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant directly after the service.

A private interment will be in the spring.


5 Responses to Jeanette J. Stuart

  1. Sherry Preston says:

    So sorry to hear about Jeanette. She sure was a sweet lady and I always enjoyed checking her out at the store. I will miss seeing her at Fulton Lake sitting in the shade enjoying her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your friends, Chris, Sherry, and Michael Preston

  2. Pat Brightly says:

    I got to meet Jeanette when she became a patron of the Whitneyville Library. It was a joy to see her when she would come to get something to read. She always had a smile on her face and I enjoyed her short visits. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. Jeanette was truly one of a kind.

  3. Diane Elizabeth Jordan says:

    Dear sweet Aunt Jeanette. I will miss you my beautiful Godmother. You were such a wonderful & loving presence in my life. You can spread your angel wings now, of course you always had them. Mom will be happy to have you with her. Bless your sweet soul. I love you, Diane.

  4. B. J. Hylton says:

    Sending sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is heartbreaking and I want to share a comforting scripture with your family. It is found at Isaiah 41:10, 13 where it says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” Verse 13 continues, “For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, The One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’” We are assured of God’s love and how he will be there to help you through this difficult time.

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