Janet L. (Miller) Thackeray

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 will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10 AM in The First Congregational Church of Marion. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours are 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.

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