Jacqueline Marie Bourque (Blanchard) of Framingham, MA died on June 28, 2019 at the age of 95.
Jacqueline was born on September 20, 1923 in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France to Suzanne (Priot) and
Maurice Blanchard. She was predeceased by her brother, Georges Blanchard, and her sister-in-law,
Rolande Blanchard (Boisnard). Under the tutelage of her mother and special schooling in Paris, France,
Jacqueline became proficient in the unique skills of haute couture design and dressmaking. From 1940
to 1945, she lived with her family in Rouen, Normandy, survived the starvation, horrors and terrors of
war during the Occupation of France by the Germans and the Allied Invasion that devastated the region.
In November 1945, she married the late Joseph E Maxwell, becoming a war bride. In October 1948 she
was finally able to immigrate to the United States to be reunited with her husband. She would reside
for most of her remaining life in Framingham Massachusetts, raising her family of five children.
Jacqueline became a widow after the death of Joseph Maxwell in 1965. Using her exceptional haute
couture skills she supported her family by working at several exclusive stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue
and Nieman Marcus. It was at Saks that she met Leo Paul Bourque, a man of French Canadian ancestry,
who she married in 1975. Leo and Jacqueline enjoyed many happy years together, seeing their families
grow, traveling the world and speaking their beloved French language.
Jacqueline is survived by her husband Leo Bourque, son Ronald Maxwell & his wife Nancy, daughter
Susan Riley (Maxwell) & her husband Wes, son Daniel Maxwell & his wife Martha, daughter Patricia
Maxwell, daughter Kathleen Maier (Maxwell) & her husband Don and step-daughter Theresa Leatart
(Bourque) plus 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Following her wishes, Jacqueline will be cremated with no services. Her ashes will be returned to
France. The family appreciates wishes of condolences but askes that any donations in lieu of flowers to
be made to the charity of your choice.