Jesse Stone (1932-2020)


Carole Louise “Jesse” Stone

Jesse lived an exuberant and adventurous life, well loved by family, friends and animals. Jesse was a beloved member of the Leicester Unitarian Church.

She played the trumpet in high school and was a member of the Leicester Marching Band. In high school, a dear friend died. Jesse brought her trumpet to school and, unexpected to the teachers, stood in class and played Taps in her honor. Her trumpet playing was so good she was invited to go on a national tour with a band, but because she was still a teenager, her father refused.

Jesse possessed an extraordinary beauty, so good-looking that people walking by her would stop and stare. She was married for 20 years to Charlie Entwistle and had four children. She co-founded Entwistle’s Garage in Leicester and helped run the business. She actively helped care for the family’s three race horses who were stabled at the Spencer Fairgrounds and who competed at Hinsdale Raceway in New Hampshire, some in the winners’ circle. She learned to fly their Beechcraft Bonanza and was very proficient at flight navigation.

In 1960, she met her best friend, Kay Gleason, and began a friendship that lasted six decades. Kay and Jesse spent many joyful days searching for well-made crafts and furniture that could be restored to beauty. Their friendship was filled with a laugh every minute.In 1973,

Jesse moved to Nantucket where she opened her antique shop called “Cobblestones.” A few years later she returned to Leicester to care for her parents. In 1979, on a visit to southern California to see daughter Jenna, Jesse decided to stay. She took up roller skating and became quite good at it, a picture of health. Daughter Darlene needed help with Jesse’s granddaughter Sadie Jade, so Jesse stepped in and raised Jade.

Jesse moved between Leicester and Santa Monica over the next decades. In 2003, her daughter Jacqueline and her husband Joseph Freeman invited Jesse to stay with them at their organic farm in Washington state. She helped Joseph build a chicken coop for 20 hens and a rooster, wielding a hammer like an expert.

Jesse learned she had late stage cancer in 2001. Her doctors said she had a 3% chance of survival. When asked how she managed to heal from such a devastating illness, she said, “Even terrible odds leave room for a few to be in the 3%.”

In 2005, her son Charlie and daughter-in-law Deborah invited Jesse back to Leicester. Together with Jade, they cared for Jesse until she retired to St Francis Long Term Care in Worcester, where she was remembered for her kindness to others. All her days Jesse was committed to loving her family. She had a ready smile, a delightful laugh, and she remained a true beauty, inside and out.

Jesse was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Evelyn (Darling) Stone, brother Forrest Jr. of Burlingame, CA, and her two daughters, Jenna Entwistle and Darlene Entwistle, both of CA. She is survived by her sister Barabar Hoff of Shillington, PA, daughter Jacqueline (and Joseph) Freeman in Battle Ground, WA and her son Charles (and Deborah) Entwistle in Leicester, MA. Grandchildren include Jade (and Jim) Field and Charles (and Krystal) Entwistle Jr. in Leicester, MA, Dakota Grecco in Santa Monica, CA, Elizabeth Entwistle (and Michael Gray) in Birmingham, AL. Her great-grandchildren include Faith Stone, Ethan and Lilith Field, and Stella and Scarlett Entwistle of Leicester, MA. 

Due to the pandemic, services will be held online on Zoom. If you would like to tell a Jesse story, please do! Contact her minister, Sue at 508-335-2270   or   SusanLMallard@aol.comand she will put you on the list.

Jesse Stone’s Bring-Your-Smile Life Celebration

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