Jacqueline “Jackie” O’Brien Elsmore of Winthrop passed away on Friday, November 9,2018, at the remarkable age of 95.
Jackie O’Brien Elsmore, formally of Derry, NH and Saugus, MA. passed peacefully surrounded by her immediate family at The PACE Elder Services Hospital of Winthrop. She was the loving wife of the late James Elsmore. She survived her four siblings, the late Paul O’Brien, Dick O’Brien, Patsy O’Brien and Elenore Scanlon. Jackie is survived by her three sons and daughter in laws, Walter and his wife Carol of Harpswell, ME; Gary and his wife Paula of Scituate, MA; Mark and his wife Susan of Melrose, MA. Adored Nana of five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jackie was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary O’Brien.
Jackie filled her life with love, laughter, and music, always giving of herself, as an Entertainer, Comedian, Singer, Volunteer and Teacher.
Jackie grew up in East Lynn, MA. She graduated from Lynn English High School in 1941 where she received a scholarship to Curry College School of Expression. During her long and fascinating life, she was a regular on stage with many musical comedy theatre groups She was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s and Barbershops Quartet for over thirty years. She went on and performed fifty-seven years as a member of the “USO Variety Entertainment Group” entertaining troops during World War 2 where she met her husband. At a special musical event, she personally sang to John F. Kennedy. JFK was so impressed, he wrote a thank you letter back to Jackie.
Jackie was an avid athlete, playing basketball at Lynn English and playing Goalie in pond hockey “with the boys” being the only girl, but her true passion was swimming. She received numerous medals in swimming and diving competitions. Jackie joined The General Electric GLEE Club, and in 1945 she was an entrant in the GE 3-mile swim from “Egg Rock” to Nahant Beach, MA. She was the only woman amongst all the men competitors. Jackie finished 5th after swimming ½ mile off course. She would have finished 2nd. Her time was 1 hour; 24 minutes.
The pinnacle of her career after moving to New Hampshire was her selection as Ms. New Hampshire Senior America. 2000-2001. She greeted the younger George Bush at the Manchester airport when he was campaigning for president. Jackie traveled to Las Vegas where she participated for the National Crown. Jackie finished runner up and received 1st place for the Talent part of the competition .
Internment and celebration of life is planned in the spring with the immediate family at the New Hampshire Veterans cemetery in Boscawen, NH with her Husband Jim.
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