Methuen, Ma — Jacqueline Marie Gill Anderson, 71, daughter of the late Mae Sheehan Gill, both of Methuen, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 5, 2014, after a very long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jackie graduated from St. Mary's High School in Lawrence and later received her registered nurse degree from Northern Essex Community College. She had a long and satisfying career in nursing, retiring in 2003.
Jackie is survived by her beloved children, of whom she was very proud, son, Jay Savinelli of Methuen, and daughter, Gabrielle Salisbury Bernardini (Steven) of Londonderry, N.H. She was a passionately devoted grandmother to grandsons, Dylan and Sammy Bernardini. She is also survived by aunts Barbara Sheehan Waterhouse of Hampton, N.H., and Eleanor Sheehan of Salem, N.H.; and many cousins and friends, including cousins Elaine Syddall Clancy of South Berwick, Maine, and Mya Hay Bannard of Miami, Fla.
She lived to spend every possible second with her grandsons, and spent most of her time in educational and fun activities (Disneyworld) and lots of sleep-overs, which she adored. One way she demonstrated her limitless love was by attending each and every sporting event, rain or shine, sick or well.
As anyone who met her could attest, she had a sparkle in her eye and a zest for living to the fullest. She had exceptional charm, intelligence and wit. She was always interested in trying new things, easily mastering them. She was also an exceptional artist and cook and loved making meals and special treats for family, friends and neighbors.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call on Monday, January 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence, Mass. For condolences and other information, please visit us at www.breenfuneralhome.com.
Her funeral service will take place immediately following the calling hours at 12 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to her favorite charity, St. Jude's.