WINCHENDON – Jean (Murphy) Priestley, 82, of 114 Ipswich Drive, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, February 26, 2021.
She was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England on September 14, 1938, daughter of the late James E. and Mary Elizabeth (Massey) Murphy and had been a long-time resident of Winchendon for over 50 years.
Before moving to this country at the age of 27, Jean worked at Dean Clough Mills for Crossley Carpets as a carpet mender. After first coming to America, Jean managed the former Homewood Guest House, owned by Simplex Time recorder for several years. She later worked in the cafeteria at Memorial School for over 20 years until her retirement in 1998. She enjoyed bowling, sewing and knitting.
Jean was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Jean relished in the happiness of sharing daily life with her family, as well as trips with them to the Marginal Way and to Cape Cod. She also enjoyed playing bingo and cards with her friends. Jean found enjoyment socializing with people and gratification in helping her friends.
Her husband of 56 years, Leonard Priestley, died in 2014. She leaves a daughter, Nicole Humphrey and her husband Tom of New Ipswich, NH; a grandson Scott Leonard Humphrey of New Ipswich and a step grandson, Eric Humphrey of Peterborough. A brother, Alan Murphy, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.