Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Fleming of West Peabody passed away, with her daughter Pamela by her side, on September 1, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Peabody Police Captain Joseph H. Fleming.
She was the daughter of Prentiss "Jack" and Sophia (Robrecht) Downey. She was born and raised in Wray, Colorado. After graduating high school in 1951 she moved to Denver, Colorado where she was employed by the Catholic Register and married Sidney W. Wood of Leominster, MA. She moved from Colorado and lived in West Peabody since 1963, where she raised her five children.
In the early 1960's Jackie was active in city politics and in Oct 1966 was a co-organizer of Peabody's "International Night" which was heralded by then-Mayor Edward T. Meaney as the highlight of the Golden Jubilee in Peabody. She enjoyed gardening and took great pride in caring for her home, dining out, camping, playing the slots at Foxwoods and travel which included many trips to Colorado, New Hampshire and Maine, Germany, Austria and Ireland.
She was also a foster parent in the 1950's to two babies. She was an avid Patriots Fan.
She leaves behind four children, Steven C. Wood of Peabody, Jeffrey S. Wood of Lynnfield, Patricia L. Paciulli and husband Anthony of Marblehead and Pamela J. Wood of Peabody. Favorite niece Karen Wade of Colorado. Granddaughters Kerri Wear of Salem, Lindsey Paciulli of Buxton, Maine. Brothers Donald Downey of Texas and Wallace Downey of Utah. Sisters Bernice Muller and Jeanne Oakley both of Colorado and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her youngest son Mark C. Wood of Pepperell, husband Joseph H. Fleming, former husband Sidney W. Wood, beloved sister Louise Wade and brothers Ivan, Frank, Allen and Norbert Downey.
She will be remembered, loved and missed forever.
In Lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a donation in Jackie's memory to Rescue Road Trips...the organization that brought our little dog Matt to us. He made Jackie laugh every day.
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