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BRISTOL -- Jackie Wardell died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
Born in Basingstoke, Eng-
land, on April 2, 1952, Jackie was the daughter of Eric and Dori Wardell. She attended high school at Rosebery School in Epsom, Surrey, England. She subsequently earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from University College, London University, an M.Phil.
Business Management from Nuffield College, Oxford University, and an M.A. in Law from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She took additional studies in accounting at New York University and law at the University of Maine School of Law. She was a member of the Maine Bar and a Certified Public Accountant.
Jackie began a career in financial management with Unilever plc in London in 1974, and went on to hold positions with international businesses such as National Westminster Bank, Coopers & Lybrand and Grant Thornton International, New York. In 1999 she began work with Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) located in Wiscasset, Maine, as Chief Operating Officer, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2007. Endowed with diverse skills and a sharp mind, she carried out the most difficult and complex organizational tasks with ease and unassuming manner, often with a touch of humor and wit, helping to build one of the largest community development finance entities in the U.S. Her thoughtful and contemplative manner, combined with her kind and generous spirit, instilled in her colleagues the confidence to carry on with their mission, no matter how daunting the challenge might be.
She loved travel, literature, music, and theater, living in London, New York and San Francisco before settling in Maine. Work and personal interests took her to more than 50 countries. She was married for 30 years, and lived in Bristol.
Jackie is survived by her loving younger brother, Richard Wardell; and nephews Ian and Eric Wardell. Her beloved companion English setter, Nicky, recently predeceased her. She is also survived by many colleagues and friends from a life of meaningful work, community engagement, and thoughtful companionship.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Hodge Street, Wiscasset.
Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Condolences may be made online at www.DaigleFuneralHome.com.
Special thanks to all who attended to Jackie, and otherwise reached out to offer support at the end of her life's journey. May she rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to:
The Lincoln County Animal Shelter PO Box 7
Edgecomb, Maine 04556
or to an organization or
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 12, 2013