ROCKLAND — Julia Etta Mealey Brackett, age 96, passed away peacefully June 6, 2021, at Quarry Hill, where she was lovingly cared for by the staff.

She was the daughter of Joseph Frederick Mealey and Marietta Gray Mealey. of Rockland. Julia was born in her great aunt’s home on Tea Kettle Hill, which is now called Rocky Hill Avenue in Rockland, just two doors away from where she lived most of her life.

She was educated in Rockland schools and a graduate from Rockland High School.

Being extremely independent, she stacked three cords of wood each summer for the coming winter, up until several years ago. She was a giver and a worrier, and always had our best interest in making our lives better. Upon losing her, there is a mix of sadness and tears. She truly exemplified The Greatest Generation’s hallmark of work ethics and morals.

The North End of Rockland was her playground as she was growing up. She had several close friends that she called “the Gang.” They were Ruth, Barbara, Doris, Elaine, Lunetta and Florance, aka Babe. We have many photos to prove they knew how to have fun. She and her friends would ride their bikes to Glen Cove and behind Sam Grays store to swim.

She was a beautiful swimmer and diver. She loved to dance and roller skate and later went to a new rink in Augusta to roller skate. She was proud of her ability to dance well, and we would sometimes find her in the kitchen dancing the hula or the Charleston.

She also had a lifelong friend, Jane Packard Johnston, with whom she shared the joys of raising children, going to the beach and making a home. Julia was baptized, but didn’t always attend church services, however she considered herself a lifelong member of the Littlefield Baptist Church.

She had several jobs when she was young. She worked at J.J. Newberrys and Goodnows Pharmacy as a teenager. Later on, she worked in the lab at the Algin Corporation (widely known as Marine Colloids) until a fire which burned the plant almost completely to the ground. She ended her working career as a legal secretary for the firm of Grossman- Faber, attorneys-at-law, where she worked for many years well into her 70s until her retirement.

Julia married Donald Hinkley Brackett in 1947 in a double wedding ceremony with two of their dear friends, Vince Alley and Lunetta Gray, in Bangor. Julia and Donald made their home on Philbrick Avenue in Rockland until their final days and raised their family there.

Among their favorite times were relaxing vacations together camping in their Moss tent in the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. They enjoyed visiting art galleries, museums and historical sites. It was a wonderful time for them to get away and to relax together.

Our mother was always active in the home and outside of the home. She was an avid knitter and made many beautiful Irish knit sweaters for us all. She also sewed doll clothes for our dolls and dressed us in mother and daughter dresses and skirts which she made.

She rode horses, went on hikes, visited waterfronts in nearby towns and would often play dodge ball with the neighborhood kids. Julia was an air-raid warden, a nurse’s-aid at Knox Hospital and volunteered for The Red Cross.

Always stylishly dressed. Julia had a flare for style and fashion. She had quite a collection of necklaces, shoes and purses to match. She loved to shop to adorn her trim figure.

Julia was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Donald H. Brackett, and sister Barbara Mealey Sawyer of Rockland.

She is survived by daughters Sheryl Overlock and her husband, Dwight, of Owls Head, Jacquelyn Lawrence and her husband, Glenn, of Owls Head; grandchildren Peter Overlock of Owls Head, with whom she had a special relationship, Aaron Overlock of Rockland, Kesh Parent and her husband Jason of Owls Head, and Annika and her husband Murat Yazici, of Victoria, British Columbia; great-grandchildren Taylor Overlock, Andrew Overlock, Laiken Parent and Lorielei Parent, all of Owls Head, and Wolf Yazici of Victoria, British Columbia.

Julia also had a special relationship with her nieces Dena Rogers of Warren, Tammy Campbell of Auburn and Sonia Voegtlin of West Ossipee, N.H., who always treated her with love and care.

Julia had special neighbors who always looked out for her and helped her out were Todd Eaton, Bob Vanorse and Jamie and Karen, who informed her of neighborhood comings and goings when she couldn’t get around as she once could. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, one brother-in-law Gerald Brackett and his wife, Nellie Brackett.

There will be a private family gathering later in the summer to honor Julia. Her ashes will be spread by the Rockland Breakwater aboard the Double Eagle, where her husband is also laid to rest.