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GLOUCESTER, MA: Jean S. (Carter) Maciel, 75, of Gloucester, passed away with her loving family at her side on Saturday morning, January 30, 2016. Jean was born in Gloucester on August 30, 1940, the daughter of the late James H. and Lillian E. (Rose) Carter. She graduated from Gloucester High School. An extremely hard working woman, she raised five sons, while working at various jobs. She worked as a stitcher at Mighty Mac, continued on with Strong Leather, and had been a waitress for quite a few restaurants in the area. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, needlepoint, embroidery, and even sewed a wedding dress for her daughter-in-law, Melinda. All her handiwork was made and given with love to her family and friends. Jean loved living in the woods of West Gloucester, and she could be seen right alongside her sons working in the yard, gardening, mowing and planting flowers. A home handywoman, she would try to fix everything herself and as a last resort would call her sons. Her most precious and valuable time was spent with her grand and great-grandchildren and her family. On December 5, 2015, in the house that her dad had built, there was a violent gas explosion that started a fire. Jean was not there at the time, but the lasting effects were felt in her heart. She put up a valiant and courageous battle with stage 4 lung cancer for one and a half years, doing everything she possibly could with chemo and radiation therapies. She did anything that would prolong her life. She fought with everything she had, with the help of her extraordinary family and friends at her side, until nothing more could be done. She was on exceptional lady and will be loved and missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her three sons, Bruce Maciel and his wife, Melinda of Albion, Maine, Kenneth Maciel and his wife, Bonnie of Gloucester, Richard Maciel Jr. of Florida; grandchildren, Branden Maciel and his fiancée, Jessica Serrin of Rockport, Mass., Maranda Maciel and her significant other, Nareth Say of Augusta, Maine, Daniel Maciel of Gloucester, and Raven and Kyle Maciel of Florida; and two great-grandchildren, Branden Maciel Jr. and Cameron Say. She was predeceased by her two sons, James and Ronald Maciel. The family would also like to thank the nurses in the Oncology Unit at Addison Gilbert Hospital and Lahey Health Home Care for their wonderful care and compassion that was given to Jean.

In keeping with her wishes, Jean requested no services and her burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
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