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Jean C. (Place) Gosbee

Jean C. (Place) Gosbee, 89, formerly of Ipswich and wife of the late Merrill Gosbee, died January 7, 2015 in the Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center, Beverly.

Born in Stoneham July 10, 1925, one of four children of the late Carl C. and Mabel (Stewart) Place, she was raised in Malden where she attended Malden Public Schools, a 1944 graduate of Malden High School. She spent the summers with her family in West Gloucester and as a young woman was employed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Boston.

Married in November of 1945 at the Universalist Church in Malden, the Gosbees soon made their home and raised family in North Reading. Throughout the years she had been employed with American Mutual Insurance Co. in Wakefield, Varian Associates in Beverly and had served as a teacherís aid in North Reading.

Jean was a devoted wife and mother. She was an active leader in both Bluebirds and Campfire Girls. She also served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and as a Rainbow Worthy Advisor. She supported the local Little League, DeMolay organizations and all the interests and pursuits of her family. She loved spending time in Wolfeboro, NH, where she and her family began vacationing at Boulderbrook Lodges in the late 1950's and continued for many decades, forging many long-lasting friendships. She also enjoyed her hours gardening, knitting and tole painting.

Jean was very proud of her Scottish heritage, which, on her mother's side, included both the Stewart and McPherson lineage. Spending time with Jean always meant fun, warmth and laughter. Even in her last months, she loved to joke and get others to smile.

She was a past member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading and attended the Topsfield Congregational Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Carlene M. Gosbee of Ipswich; two sons, Merrill L. Gosbee, Jr. of Woodbury, VT, and Gary B. Gosbee and his wife Judith of Wolfeboro, NH; three grandchildren, Beth (Gosbee) Javier of Rowley, Mark Gosbee of Jamestown, CO and Dain Gosbee of Woodbury, VT; five great grandchildren; a brother, Bruce Place and his wife Cynthia of Bonita Springs, FL and several nephews and nieces.

She was the sister of the late Stewart Place formerly of Orrs Isl., ME and Carl C. Place, Jr. formerly of Malden.

Her funeral service was held graveside on Tuesday, May 5 in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. The service was officiated by a family friend, the Rev. Judy Proctor of the Union Congregational Church, North Reading. Richard Cairns of Essex, another family friend, played songs which included "As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams" and "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. A post-service dinner was held at the Windward Grille in Essex, one of Jean's favorite restaurants. Memorial contributions in her name may  be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street Suite B-102,   Danvers, MA  01923 and, or  Spectrum Adult Day Care Program,  600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X,  Beverly, MA  01915. 

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