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Marr (Smith)

January 11, 1934 – May 24, 2021

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Jacqueline Marr
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Obituary for Jacqueline Marr (Smith)

Loving Mother, Nana, Sister

Jacqueline A. Smith Marr was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 11, 1934 to Arthur A. Smith Sr. and Mary Courtemarche, and passed away on Monday evening, May 24, 2021, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by a son, James R. Marr Jr., and two daughters, Debra Gauvin and Robin Gagnon. Seven grandchildren, James R. Marr III, Jeanie Underwood, Julieanne Tanguay, Scott Gauvin, Tiffany Smith, Didrick (DJ) Hall and Joseph Hall, and twelve great-grandchildren, Courtney Miller, Julia Tanguay, James R. Marr IV, David Underwood, Matthew Smith, Keith Tanguay, Adriana Porter-Marr, Morghan Smith, Alexis Hall, Jariya Hall, Alec Gauvin and Belén Gauvin, and five great-great-grandchildren, Jaxon Miller, Aubrey Miller, Chase Miller, Maverick Miller and Troy Tanguay. A sister, Margaret Goodwin, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, James Raymond Marr, and three siblings, Eileen Enger, Terry Morning, and Arthur A. Smith Jr.

Unlike many women of her generation, Jacqueline, or Nana as she was known by her grandchildren, joined the workforce at 18. Her husband suffered a debilitating injury a couple of years later which catapulted her into what would be an over 30-year fabrication career that began at the Lowell Mills as a button hole operator, and ended at Raytheon soldering missile components, while also managing to have three children along the way.

Despite the decidedly unglamorous conditions of her working environment, she was probably the most elegantly put together assembly line worker in the country, showing up for work every day with perfect hair and makeup and beautifully dressed in the latest styles.

She loved for everything to look nice, so to balance the toll of her work life, she found solace in building collections of beautiful things and enjoyed carefully decorating her home in ways that would bring comfort to her family. Resourceful and creative, she always found ways to work her magic, especially for the holidays, making Easter and Christmas big celebrations full of abundance, on what was often a tight budget. Nana had a knack for creating a sense of occasion whatever the gathering. A simple backyard barbeque got the same level of attention as a baptism.

Though her Irish temper, pride, and work ethic were ever present, so was her concern that everyone had what they needed - especially her grandchildren. She always wanted to make sure that everyone had new clothes and supplies for school and ensured they had plenty of presents to make for special birthdays, Christmases, and important events. Providing was how she showed her love, and she was keen on providing for her family - determined to give her children what she didn’t have, with the grit to make it so, no matter what.

The importance she placed on gatherings, ritual, and tradition is why we’ll remember Sunday dinners, childhood trips to Canobie Lake on the fourth of July, and Chinese food on Easter. We’ll remember her every time we put up our Christmas decorations or set a special table. Every time we make an effort to make a get-together memorable, she’ll be there.

We love you Nana, we’ll miss you, and know that you’ll be a part of our celebrations for generations to come.

Jacqueline was laid to rest beside her beloved husband in a private family service in Lowell Cemetery. Arrangements in the care of the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy. Please visit Jacqueline’s life tribute page at

Interment Information

Lowell Cemetery
77 Knapp Ave.
Lowell, MA 01852
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