Jean L. (MacBurnie)'s Story
Jean L. (MacBurnie) Palumbo, age 88, longtime resident of Newbury, passed quietly in her sleep early Monday morning, February 20, 2017, at the Ft. Lauderdale Health and Rehab Center in Florida. She was the devoted wife of Gene Palumbo, to whom she had been married 69 years.
Born in Newburyport, October 20, 1928, she was one of nine children of the late Fred W. and Jean (Malcolm) MacBurnie and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1946.
From devoted wife to loving mother to dedicated bookkeeper with the family metal fabricating business, Jean was always there helping with whatever needed to be done. She was the one who could keep everything going in the right direction, never missing a beat. Her greatest joy came from taking care of her family and being an integral part of their lives.
For the past 40 years, Jean and her husband enjoyed wintering in Ft. Lauderdale along with their children and dear friends.
Jean was a lifelong active member of the People’s United Methodist Church of Newburyport, having gladly served on various committees throughout her life. She was also a member of the Plum Island Mother's Club and the Newburyport Boosters.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Gene; her two children, Douglas Palumbo and wife, Diana of Coral Springs, Fla., and Anne Webber and husband, Kenneth of Newburyport; her daughter-in-law, Brenda A. (McDonald) Palumbo of Salisbury; her grandson, Daniel Palumbo and wife, Tiffany of Florida; and two great-grandsons, Lane Daniel Palumbo and Bentley Gene Palumbo. She also leaves her sister and her five brothers, A. Patricia Sayward, Fred M. MacBurnie and wife, Helen, Richard D. MacBurnie and wife, Christine, A. Douglas MacBurnie and wife, Sandra, Robert W. MacBurnie and wife, Beverly, and Duncan A. MacBurnie and wife, Barbara; along with countless nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends from near and far. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas G. Palumbo; her brother, Everett; her sister, Martha; and her brother-in-law, Donald A. Sayward. Her life was an inspiration to many and her memories are priceless treasures of the heart to all who knew and loved her.
Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be Friday, February 24, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the People’s United Methodist Church, Purchase Street, Newburyport, will be Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial at Thomas Parker Cemetery in Newbury.