Jacqueline Elaine Gilliam, aged 78, of Gardner, Massachusetts, ascended peacefully into rest on January 12, 2024. Born on September 29, 1945, in Winchendon, MA, Jackie was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, who filled the lives of those around her with warmth, love, and the most delightful tales of her favorite team, the New England Patriots. Her love for her family and Tom Brady was only rivaled by her passion for crafts, road trips, and the music of Clearance Clearwater Rival.
Jackie graduated from Murdock High School in 1963 and dedicated her professional life to serving others as a secretary and customer service representative for National Grid until her retirement. She was an esteemed member of the Utilities Workers Union of America, and her work ethic and commitment to service were admired by all who knew her. Jackie was widowed and is survived by her loving daughter Jill Lemire and her husband Tom, her loving son Richard Jr, her sister Marilyn Parks, and her cherished granddaughters Karli Gilliam-Ledford, Victoria and Nicole Lemire, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Florence Maliska, her husband Richard Sr, and her siblings Phyllis Demaura, Arlene Tenney, Jean Woodard, Anthony Maliska, William Maliska, and Joseph Maliska.
Jackie lived her life with grace, resilience, and an infectious spirit. In the words of Tom Brady, whom she admired greatly, "I didn't come this far to only come this far, so we've still got further to go." Jackie indeed has further to go, as her memory and legacy will live on in the hearts of those she has left behind.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon, MA
If you wish to make a memorial contribution in Jacqueline's name please do so to, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 252 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN38105
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The Stone Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475, has been entrusted with Jacqueline's services.