Jacqueline J. Watts
Lincolnville — Jacqueline June (Young) Watts was born June 4, 1945, and was the daughter of Bernice (Lermond) and Ivan Young of Millertown, Lincolnville.
In 1952, the family moved to the Youngtown Corner Farmhouse.
Jackie attended grades 1 through 8 at Lincolnville Central School. Her mother, father, and sister, Judy moved to 3 Alden St. in Camden in 1959 with great-great aunt Edith Lermond. She enjoyed playing saxophone and taking field trips with the high school band and graduated in the class of 1963 Camden High School.
Jackie married Maurice R. Watts of Rockport Dec. 25, 1965. After Maurice served three years in the Army including a year in Vietnam, they moved to the Center in October of 1971.
Jackie’s employment included cashier for the A&P Grocery Store in Camden and First National Stores in Camden and Rockland; a typesetter for the Camden Herald and the Free Press; secretary for Knox County Head Start; secretary/librarian for the Lincolnville Central School; Activities aide for the Camden Health Care Center; and office manager for the local chamber of commerce; and executive assistant for Ray and Ann Williamson of Maine Windjammer Cruises in Camden from 1994-2008.
Jackie was a baptized member of the United Christian Church and at one time taught Sunday School there. She enjoyed working with children and had several teen clubs over the years entering floats in the Lobster Festival and organizing Halloween parties. She was den mother and also was proud to serve as Cub master of Boy Cub Scout Pack 244 in order to keep the troop from disbanding.
In 1976, Jackie organized the first canoe race from Barrett’s Cove to Nortons Pond, which continued yearly by Camden Parks & Rec. She volunteered on the Community Birthday Calendar from the '70s through 2004.
In 1975, Jackie founded the Lincolnville Historical Society with the assistance of a dozen dedicated other townspeople. She served as president from 1975-1985, and during that time, published four-scrapbook histories for LHS and initiated a town museum first in the old telephone dial office building in the center and later the Schoolhouse Museum at the beach with her good friend Diane O’Brien.
Jackie and her cousin, Isabel Morse Maresh, published Camden-Rockport and Lincolnville Births, Deaths and Marriages; Camden Herald News clippings; and with Isabel and Don Young the “Young Family Genealogical Workbook.”
She was a member of the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department from 1979 to January 1994 while her husband Maurice served as fire chief. She served as radio operator and provided fire prevention materials for the school.
Jackie thought education was important and continually took classes to improve her personal or work related life in CPR, First Aid, First Responder Course, and attended college from 1992-1994 at UMA, Thomaston.
In 1987 the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce honored her at the annual dinner with a plaque “Special Recognition Award to Jackie Watts for her Outstanding Service to the Town of Lincolnville.” She helped with Lincolnville’s 2002 Bicentennial and was honored by her peers as parade marshal.
From 1970-1980, she enjoyed the family pets, Debbie the horse and the long-time family dog, “Poopsie." Jackie also enjoyed camping with her family, making it an annual family tradition to go to the White Mountains and Fryeburg Fair since 1979. Since the early 1990s she was a regular in the YMCA pool exercise classes until 2008. She believed strongly in family commitment, often having Sunday dinner gatherings on non-occasions and celebrating holidays and family occasions.
On April 3, 2008, Jackie was diagnosed with stage four peritoneal/ovarian cancer. Her husband, Maurice was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in February 2008. They were both overwhelmed by the help and support of the fire department members, community, family and friends, individually and collectively at a town fundraiser.
She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; and a brother, Lewis A. Young and his wife, Candy; and a brother-in-law, Peter Rolerson. Surviving are her son Christopher and wife Tammy, daughter Susan & husband Brandon Allen, daughter Sally, sons Bentley and wife Aimee, Jay and wife Stacy and daughter Sherrie and husband Rob Messier of Franklin, N.H.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her brother, Bernard Young and his wife, Rachel, and two sisters, Rosemary Winslow and her husband, George, and Judith Rolerson.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lincolnville Historical Society, P.O. Box 204, Lincolnville, ME 04849 or the United Christian Church, P.O. Box 288, Lincolnville Center, ME 04850.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at United Christian Church in Lincolnville with The Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet officiating.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Watts family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.