Marblehead — Jessie F. Gordon passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013, in Newbury, Mass., with family and her beloved granddaughter, Salina Lee Chandler, at her side. She was born in Marblehead, and was the daughter of late Harris E. Roads of Marblehead and the late Lizzie Howe Roads, formerly of Ipswich, Mass. She was raised in Marblehead and attended the Marblehead School System.
Following high school, she married Alfred J. Gordon Sr. of Lowell, Mass., before he shipped out for Europe and WWII. They were married for over 52 years, until his death in 1993.
Jessie was many things to many people; a daughter, a sibling, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Gordon was very creative and artistic. She had taught leaded stained glass classes in Beverly, Mass., but her real passion was teaching Japanese Bunka at the Senior Center in Lynn, Mass., which she retired from at the age of 90.
Mrs. Gordon belonged to the White Shrine, the Eastern Star, the Pithyeon Sisters, and the Daughters of Nova Scotia. She was a past officer in the White Shrine and Eastern Star as well.
Surviving her is her daughter, Joanne Gordon of Ipswich, Mass.; granddaughter, Salina Lee Chandler of Newbury, Mass.; and her two great-grandchildren, Tyler S. Morgan of Marblehead, and Bronwin Lee Chandler of Newbury. She was predeceased by her son, Alfred J. Gordon, Jr. (Buddy); and her brothers, Emerson L. Roads of Salem, Mass., and Daniel W. Roads of Marblehead; and sister, Mary L. Roads of Marblehead.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held in the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead, on Friday, December 27, at 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.
Please visit the guest book for Mrs. Gordon at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.