Obituary: Jean (Maker) Ackley –


Jean (Manufacturer) Ackley

WATERVILLE – Jean (Maker) Ackley died on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022, following a stroke. Born October 4, 1935 in Lubec, Jean was the daughter of Marjorie Foley Maker and Newell Maker. Jean grew up in West Lubec and graduated valedictorian from Lubec High School in 1954. After graduation, she worked at the Lubec Water District in billing and accounting, in various factories sardine-packing premises and at Cutler Naval Base as secretary to the resident officer in charge. It was while working at Cutler Naval Base that she met Les Ackley at a Wesley dance on July 3 which continued with the Spruces dance that night. She often said that they danced that night until “the dances ran out of music and ran out of steam.” Jean and Les married in 1959 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. After three years in Massachusetts, Jean and Leslie resided in Fairfield and Waterville throughout their marriage. In Fairfield, Jean was a traffic policeman at a school and often joked that she had been trained in traffic control by Chief Gould and “Sargent” Judy Poulliot. Jean enjoyed playing in the Women’s Softball League at Fairfield for the short time it lasted. His deer hunting adventures with Les and his brother, Ken, were inevitably followed by tall tales after November. Many of the stories were about Daniel, Rebecca and Israel – code names for those who stayed a certain number of nights at “Skunk’s Den”. Jean’s memories include her love of crows, adopting every stray cat that came her way, donating her many calendars and stickers to the Kindergarten team at Mitchell School, teaching her daughters to making “doughnuts” in snowy parking lots so they know how to manage their cars in the snow, naming her roses and flowering bushes after family members, and, of course, the songs of merry terribly offbeat but beautiful birthday sung by her and Les for those they loved. Jean is survived by her husband, Les; and her children Kelli DuBose and her husband Mike of Falmouth, and Marjie McKenzie of Waterville; his grandchildren Trevor Perry of Waterville and Naples, Florida, Lesli DuBose of Salem, Mass., Nicholas DuBose and his wife Julia of Arlington, Va., Corey McKenzie and his wife Allison of Fairfield. She was very fond of her great-grandson, Blake McKenzie. Jean is also survived by her brothers Jay and Marvin Maker; and his many beloved nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jean has requested that donations be made to: The Ark Shelter, 60 Barber Lane, Cherryfield, ME 04622, or Cutler UnitedMethodist Church2718 Cutler Rd.Cutler, ME 04626

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