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Janet L. (Miller) Thackeray, 94, of Marion died April 27, 2016 peacefully at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Dementia.
She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Robert R. Thackeray, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.
Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Earl C. and Lillian (Healey) Miller, she lived in Marion since 1951.
Mrs. Thackeray was a woman of strong Christian faith. She was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Marion. She sang in the church choir for over 50 years, was a Sunday School teacher and served on many committees. She was a founding member of the Friendship Table at The First Congregational Church.
Mrs. Thackeray worked at home as a secretary for her late husband who was a sales representative for the Acushnet Company.
She was a founding board member of the Marion Council On Aging, original member of the Sippican Choral Society, volunteer and board member of the Marion Visiting Nurse Association and volunteer at the soup kitchen in New Bedford.
Her lifelong love was music. She maintained her beautiful alto voice until her death.
Mrs. Thackeray loved nature, especially watching birds and backyard animals, and observing the everchanging sky.
Survivors include her son, Douglas Thackeray and his wife Monique of Marion; a daughter, Dale Thackeray and and her beloved friend Lee Dougall of Marion; her former son-in-law, Lee Gunschel; her former daughter-in-law, Debby Briggs; 4 grandchildren, Casey Gunschel and her partner Ray Holtz, Joshua Gunschel and his wife Michelle, Jody Spark and her husband Seth and Kary Krochko and her husband Mark; 8 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and a nephew.
She was the sister of the late Jean C. Norman.
Her Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, May 3rd in The First Congregational Church of Marion. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours were omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 326, Marion, MA 02738 or the the Marion Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 114, Marion, MA 02738. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Alexandra "Xani" Coleman, July 5, 1988 - April 22, 2016
"Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another." -Xani
"I hope my best friends meet boys who love them as much as I love them, because sometimes I think they forget how well they deserve to be treated." -Xani
I didn't go anywhere, I'm still around all of you.
I'll be present at my homes in Greenland, NH and Rochester, MA on a regular basis, and at my favorite work locations at the Beach Plum and Bruno's Pizza.
Don't forget to dance.
My Style: "Think a ghetto-ish Richard Simmons. I'm a white gurl from NH that grew up watching MTV; I don't know what I'm doing. My background in Ace of Base routines and a healthy Spice Girls obsession (along with Girl Power) keeps me from disgracing myself completely."
Even though I'll be in your lives daily, I'll miss the physical contact with everyone, especially my fam. Parents, Sheri & Jack McCaughey, and Jaime & Kathie Coleman; Sibs, John Coleman, Will Coleman, Melissa McCaughey and Amanda McCaughey; Grandparents, Nelda Englehart, Beverly Coleman, Joe & Mary McCaughey, and Stephen Chmiel; and too many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in the Coleman, Englehart, Chmiel and McCaughey families to list here.
I left you all so early. I'm predeceased by Granddads Jack Englehart and Jim Coleman; Grandmom Emily Chmiel; and my beloved cat, Pepsi.
There was a celebration of my life at The Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH on Saturday April 30th.
My family requests that flowers please be omitted and suggests donations for a bench to be placed in a remembrance garden in my name to be located on Ocean Road in Greenland. Donations may be made to Sheri McCaughey, 2 Fairway Drive, Greenland, NH 04840 or to the charity, Kitty Angels, P.O. Box 638, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 online at www.kittyangels.org or call 978-649-4681. Please visit www.Remickgendron.com to view my memorial website, sign my tribute wall or for directions.

Elizabeth A. "Bette" Roberts, 88, of Mattapoisett died May 2, 2016 peacefully at home after a brief illness.
Born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Lloyd V. and Jane (Thomas) Roberts, and was a graduate of the University of New York at Potsdam. She lived in Mattapoisett for the last 40 years.
She was an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church where she was the choir director for over 25 years.
Bette was the curator of the Mattapoisett Historical Society for over 20 years.
She was a trustee of the Mattapoisett Library and served as a docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She was a member of the Sippican Choral Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.
Bette was also formerly employed by the Girl Scouts of America in New York for over 35 years.
Survivors include her friend of 42 years, Jo Pannell of Mattapoisett; a niece, Pam Burlingame and her husband Ron of Fulton, NY; 4 nephews, Lloyd Roberts of Gaston, SC, Kenneth Roberts of Paris Green, NY, Terry Roberts and his wife Teresa of Englewood, CO and Jan Roberts and his wife Patty of Columbia, TN.
She was the sister of the late Kenneth Roberts and John Roberts.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 11 AM in the Mattappoisett Congregational Church. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, P.O. Box 284. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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