Jean C. Acton, 92, of Manchester, NH died peacefully, surrounded by her family on February 19, 2022 after a period of declining health.
Born in Worcester, MA on October 13, 1929, she was the daughter of John and Marion (Nally) Manning. She was a 1951 graduate of the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.
Jean and her husband Joe moved to Manchester in 1962 where they raised five children. She had a 32-year nursing career as a RN at the VA Medical Center in Manchester where she was, among other roles, the nursing supervisor for their busy medical/surgical floor.
Jean was a longtime active communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church and a former president of the parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was a member of the first class of Granite State Ambassadors and was very active with the organization for over 20 years. She was also a member of the National Association of Federal Employees (NAFE).
Following her retirement, Jean travelled extensively, often with her tight knit group of fellow retired nurses and made frequent visits to her beloved sister Marion in Florida. She loved the ocean and spent many summer days at the beach, especially when her children were growing up. She was an avid shopper who took pride in locating the perfect outfit or the perfect gift. Always a stylish dresser, she took pleasure in having the latest styles and had a knack of putting together just the right outfit for any occasion.
Most of all, Jean was devoted to her family. She was a loving and supportive mother and grandmother who maintained a unique and special bond with each of her children and grandchildren. Nothing brought her greater joy than time spent in the company of her family and she will be greatly missed.
She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Joseph Acton in 2008 and her sister, Marion in 2006.
Family members include her children, Mary McCarthy and husband Timothy of Hampton, Karen Rallis and Brian Hall of Hampton, Owen Acton and wife Nancy of Franklin, MA, Kevin Acton of Manchester, Kathleen Auger and husband Tom of Hampton; her grandchildren, Brooke, James, Timothy, Meera, Daniel, Michael, Elaine and Madeline; her great-granddaughter, Chloe; many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, will be Sunday, February 27th from 2 to 5 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 am in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Manchester. Burial will be private at a later date.
Donations may be made in her memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Care of St. Catherine Church, 207 Hemlock St, Manchester, NH 03104 or to Shriners Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/locations/philadelphia.
To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.