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Jacqueline Peters

December 16, 1940 — December 1, 2023

Jacqueline (Ashworth) Peters, 82, originally of Reading, MA passed away peacefully at her home on December 1, 2023 after a long tough battle with breast cancer.

Jackie was born in Reading, MA on December 16th, 1940. She was preceded by her late parents Alberta (Black) Ashworth and J. Raymond Ashworth and her late sisters Jeanne Ashworth and Debra (Ashworth) Pena; was a loving mother to Douglas Peters of Wilmington, N.Y., Scott Peters of Barnstead, N.H., Kimberly (Peters) Gitschier of Methuen, MA., and Kellie Peters of Winthrop, MA. She is the former wife of the late Joseph Peters. She is also survived by her niece Robin Ashworth, preceded by 1 grandchild and survived by 11 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, and friends.

Jackie attended High School in Wilmington, MA. After high school, she attended Burdette School in Boston, MA. where she studied secretarial skills and later went on to work as a secretary in the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Jackie was a life long artist and loved art so much that she went back to college in her adult life and studied the arts at Bradford College in Massachusetts. She worked for many years as a Graphic Artist, at Analog Devices and DRI McGraw Hill. She loved the ocean and watching it at sunrise, sunset, and when the seas were rough during a hurricane. She collected many ocean rocks and sea shells and used them to create collages with pictures of ocean scenery.

She also enjoyed oil painting, as did her mom. There are many of her oil paintings around the house. She wrote many poems expressing herself and her healing/recovery process, including a very special poem book that will be cherished by her family/friends for many years to come.

She had a love for growing plants and flowers. Every spring/early summer she planted beautiful flowers in her vases and flower holders on the porch. She watered them and took care of them so that they were bright and beautiful all season long.

In her later years she enjoyed doing puzzles, watching murder mystery shows and other TV shows to pass the time.

Jackie always worked hard for her family and children. She was a single parent for many years, working full-time to provide for her family.

She was a very loving, caring, thoughtful person who will be deeply missed.

A celebration of her life will be held with her family and friends at a future time when all can attend.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: High Peaks Hospice or American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer.

Services were entrusted to Heidrick-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, Au Sable Forks, NY. Online condolences may be left at

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