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.