Gloucester - Jacqueline Elaine (Oliver) Doucette of Gloucester, Mass., passed away peacefully in her sleep while surrounded by family. Jackie passed one year to the day after her husband, Fred.
Jacqueline, better known as Jackie, was born in Gloucester, Mass., to Gilbert and Estelle (Sears) Oliver. The Oliver home was always open to friends and family. Despite having seven children, there “was always room at the table and food for one or two more.” The Oliver’s hosted many friends and family who came over from “the old country”—Portugal—so they could pursue the American Dream. Throughout her life, Jackie continued in this spirit of caretaking and looking out for others; she found true joy in making others happy.
Bothered that she couldn’t follow the lead of her four older brothers and enlist for military service, Jackie would regularly organize the other kids in the neighborhood and lead them through extensive marching drills.
After graduating Gloucester High School in 1948, Jackie took employment at the A&P Market. During this period of time, she and a girlfriend decided to enter an unknown parked car outside the Busy Bee to listen to the radio. When the owner of the car returned shortly later, he admonished her and her friend and warned them of the dangers of getting into a stranger’s car. And thus, the French prince first met his Portagee princess.
Fred and Jackie married in 1953…their love carried them for the next 64 years. They remained in Gloucester, enjoyed good times with friends and family, and raised three children.
Jackie thrived in her interactions with others, often in service jobs, a true people person; albeit one that took no guff. While working in the cafeteria at O’Maley Middle School she enlisted the support of several football players to help her deal with any conflicts with disrespectful students; the players’ dedication to assist strengthened by her practice of being extra-generous with potato puffs, sloppy joes, and desserts.
Jackie is survived by her brother Kenneth (Nookie) Oliver; her daughter Gailyn E. Doucette-Coons, her husband Damon, their daughters Danielle, Jannika, and Hannah and her son, Camden Renaud. She is also survived by son Frederick (Rick) H. Doucette Jr., and his step-son Andrew Widtfeldt; as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws—including her godchild Michelle Goodwin. Jackie was predeceased by her parents (above); her loving husband Frederick Sr.; her brothers, Gilbert (Buddy), Donny, Gerard (John), and Randolph (Sonny); and her sister Estelle (Sis). Also her eldest daughter, Lynne Ann Doucette.
Over the years Jackie enjoyed attending Mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, bowling, bingo, ceramics classes, square dancing, collecting hundreds of Beanie Babies, and handing out mints from the seemingly endless supply in her coat pocket…but nothing matched her zeal for her family.
Like her husband, Jackie lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary manner. Known for her humor, quick wit, generosity and infectious enthusiasm; Jackie was a caretaker extraordinaire who was nourished by helping people and making them laugh. Right up through her last days with her beloved friends at Gloucester Healthcare, she could light up a room by simply being herself.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, July 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester. Jackie’s funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., Gloucester. A combined Celebration of Life for Jackie and Fred will be scheduled for the last week of August. Friends and family are encouraged to make a gift in memory of Jackie to either the Cape Ann YMCA, ATTN: "JP's Adventure Village at Spindrift," 71 Middle Street, Gloucester, or Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown PA 18901. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  July 11, 2018