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Jean A. Waugh; Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend.

ASHBURNHAM Jean Agnes (Donaldson) Waugh, 73, entered into eternal life as graciously and peacefully as she had always lived on January 25, 2008 at the home of her daughter Heather in Groton. Mrs. Waugh was a survivor of breast cancer since 1998, and from that time forward, faced several major health challenges. She never wavered in her solid faith that "God has a plan." Her steadfast determination to always give "her British best" to each hurdle earned her the family nickname "Braveheart." Jeans final fifteen-week confrontation with cancer was simply the last chapter in a valiant and faith-filled journey which left all who knew and loved her in awe.

Born on February 12, 1934 in Bannockburn, Scotland, Jean was the daughter of Alexander and Christina (Aitken) Donaldson. Her only sibling, Alexander, died in early childhood. Growing up in Scotland, Jean became an accomplished pianist, receiving training at the Falkirk Centre of the London College of Music. She played as a church pianist, and developed a lifelong love of music. Married in 1955, Mr. & Mrs. Waugh emigrated from Scotland to America in 1960, and became citizens of the United States in 1971. Mrs. Waugh is survived by her husband of 52 years, Andrew W. Waugh, of Ashburnham, and three children: daughter Sandra of Leominster and her former husband George Hudson of Lunenburg, daughter Heather and her husband David Bee of Groton, and son Donald and his wife Paula Waugh of Winchendon.

Mrs. Waugh had diverse interests and talents, including a passion for the piano, organ, and keyboard. She also found great joy in flowers, gardening (especially with rocks and rock walls), penmanship and calligraphy, knitting, traveling, and spending time with friends. She was an avid reader, and a beautiful ballroom and Scottish country dancer. Professionally, she was an exceptionally savvy business manager for Waugh Bandsaw Service, and was a devoted caregiver to several friends and family members over the years.

Though never officially "retired," when asked her profession, Jean would always reply, "Professional Grandma." Most near and dear to her heart were her seven beloved grandchildren: Jeffrey, Victoria and Catherine Bee, Bethany and Jonathan Hudson, and Alexander and Hollie Waugh. She was an active and constant presence in the lives of her grandchildren and her last gift to them personalized Bibles was her way to forge a link between her faith and them, her legacy.

Mrs. Waugh was a faithful Christian and an active member of Ashburnham Community Church. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to a time of visitation from 5:00 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at Bosk Funeral Home, 85 Blossom Street, Fitchburg. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2 at Ashburnham Community Church, on the corner of Chapel and Main Street. Rev. Russell Grant and Rev. Philip Goff will co-officiate. Interment of ashes will take place at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to either the Ashburnham Community Church (Music Fund), 6 Chapel Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430, or to the faith-based organization of your choice.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 29, 2008
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