Jacqueline M. (Graves) Williams, of Marblehead passed away peacefully on August 8, 2021 at her son, Davids, home. Born on April 20, 1924 to Emerson A. and Hazel (Ohman) Graves, she was a life-long resident of Marblehead. She was predeceased by her husband Donald R. Williams in 1969 and her brother Fred Graves. She is survived by her four sons, Donald Jr. (Cynthia), Eric (Patricia), and Kent, all of Marblehead and David (Sharon) of Salem as well as grandsons Michael (Margaret), Nathaniel (Gretchen) and Dylan. She is also survived by her brother Emerson A. Graves, Jr. of Marblehead. Jacqui lived a very active life with a variety of jobs from working in the Town Treasurers and Harbormasters Offices to doing disaster relief for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Working well into her 80s at the Massachusetts Department of Health, she traveled the state promoting childrens health care with the DPH Youth at Risk program. A congregant at St. Michaels Episcopal Church her entire life, she was active in the St. Catherines Guild and the guilds thrift shop. A stalwart of the Massachusetts Republican Party she was active in a number of political entities. First elected in 1972, she served 16 years representing the 1st Essex District on the Republican State Committee of Massachusetts and was a primary candidate for state representative. She was appointed to two terms on the Trustees of Danvers State Hospital by Governor Frank Sargent. One of her proudest political accomplishments was serving as a Presidential Elector for Ronald Reagan in 1980. Locally she served on the Marblehead Board of Registrars; she was elected to the Marblehead Housing Authority and served as the Authoritys Chairman. She served in several leadership positions in the Essex County Womens Republican Club and was a dedicated member of the Marblehead Republican Town Committee up until her passing. A funeral service will be held at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead on Saturday, August 28 at 11:00 A.M. followed by collation at the church. The service will be streamed on St. Michaels You Tube channel. A private burial service will follow later. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Shriners Hospital for Children
. The family wants to thank the staff at Care Dimensions for their support to our family over the course of the past several months. For more information or online guestbook, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com
or please call 978-744-0497.
Published by The Marblehead Reporter from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2021.