TOPSHAM - Jessie Jacques aged 91 of Topsham, Maine died peacefully with family at her bedside on August 19, 2020. \r\n\r\nJessie was born October 15, 1928 in Monticello, New York. She was the daughter of Elizabeth and Llewellyn Beedle of Sargentville, Maine. Jessie grew up in Maine and Massachusetts, graduating from Murdock High School in Winchendon, MA in 1946 and Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing in 1949. She was married to William A. Jacques, (deceased), of Northborough, MA in 1949 and they had three children. \r\n\r\nShe is survived by her dear friend Lynne McCarthy of Florida, daughter Kathy Jacques and her partner Linda Mallard of Topsham, sons Butch Jacques and wife Mary of Ellsworth, and Stephen Jacques and wife Maria of Chelsea. Jessie was the loving sister of William Beedle of Woolwich, and Warren Beedle now deceased. She was the beloved grandmother of Michael Jacques of New Hampshire, and granddaughters Licia Jacques of Minnesota, Libby Jacques of Alaska, Maggie Laracy and her husband Michael and great-granddaughter Penny Laracy of Massachusetts. She is also survived by many friends, cousins, and nieces whom she dearly loved.\r\n\r\nJessie was active in her church. She had an adventurous spirit, loved people and life, her dogs, the Red Sox and politics and especially the coast of Maine. When there was music she had to dance. Her laugh and smile were as big as her heart.\r\n\r\nJessie loved being a nurse. Her career spanned 60 years in Massachusetts and Maine. During WWII as a schoolgirl Jessie worked as a Nurse’s Aide. After graduating from Nursing school, she raised her family and worked part time in acute care facilities. In the 1970’s Jessie began her distinguished career in Long Term Care Administration. In 1988 she was recruited as the director of the Alzheimer’s Care Center in Gardiner, Maine, a residential care center for persons with dementia. Of Jessie’s time at the Center a friend and colleague wrote that “Jessie Jacques was a firecracker lit at both ends. She was creative, energetic, caring and a wonderful role model for anyone who had the pleasure of working with her. She has the ability to engage with an International Alzheimer’s expert as well as the woman who cleans the Center. She was a leader and she led from something deep in her heart-love, humor and graciousness”. \r\nIn 2001 Jessie received the Yankee Community Partners Barn Raiser Award honoring her service to her community and was a runner up for The Jefferson award. \r\n\r\nOne of Jessie’s last wishes was to go home and Vote. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers you may consider a donation in Jessie’s memory to the National Alzheimer’s Association of Maine.\r\n\r\nDue to Covid concerns there will be a Celebration of a Life Well Lived at a later time. \r\n\r\nArrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.