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Jacqueline Carson

Jacqueline D. "Jacquie" Carson (Carson)

Friday, November 11th, 1960 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Jacqueline D. “Jacquie” Carson, 58, a resident of Bank St. in Bennington, VT died unexpectedly Friday January 11, 2019 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.
She was born in Saratoga, New York November 11, 1960. She was the daughter of the late Donald Carson and Beverly (Bruno) Squires who survives. Jacquie received her education in Greenwich, New York where she graduated from Greenwich High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce College and her Master’s from (SUNY) Sage College in Albany, NY.
For more than 20 years, Jacquie was CEO of Sanborn Place Health and Homecare, an innovative senior housing residence in Reading, MA. She was a fierce advocate for seniors having access to supportive services that allowed them to live independently. She was committed to seniors enjoying rich and fulfilled lives even after facing age-related health challenges. She battled through regulatory barriers to ensure that Sanborn residents could remain in their homes even after medical conditions required more expensive and restrictive settings. Jacquie was instrumental in Sanborn launching its own home care company, and adult day services company; the three entities worked together to ensure that Sanborn residents had access to the medical care required to eliminate the need to move to a nursing home or hospice near the end of their lives.
Jacquie’s work at Sanborn Place was featured in the bestselling book Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande, with whom she shared a friendship. As part of his research for his book on end of life medical choices, Gawande visited Sanborn Place and interviewed residents and staff. He found that Sanborn’s approach, which Jacquie and embodied, ensured that residents could age safely in their homes, with necessary services delivered by caring professionals. This approach is now being adopted by senior housing organizations around the country.
Jacquie was active with LeadingAge, a national advocacy organization for non- profit senior living communities. She was a board member of LeadingAge, Massachusetts, and served on various committees at the national level. She was a regular participant at the organization’s annual conferences, where she engaged in passionate debates on the future of affordable senior living communities and the importance of breaking down regulatory barriers. She will be missed by her colleagues in the Boston area and around the country.
Jacquie was passionately committed to elders spending their final months and days in their homes, surrounded by friends and loved ones. She often used the knowledge of the health system to help local friends navigate this system and find the best setting possible for their aging parents and loved ones.
Prior to working at Sanborn, Jacquie was employed for 11 years at United Counseling Service in Bennington. Jacquie along with her husband Brian own and operate J.C.’s Tavern in Bennington.
Jacquie was well known for volunteering her time and efforts. She was instrumental in helping raise money for those in need throughout Bennington County. She enjoyed playing golf, skiing, spending time with her nephews and traveling.
Survivors include her husband Brian Johansen of Bennington. Her mother, Beverly Squires of Greenwich, New York. A brother Jerry Squires and his wife Karen of Greenwich, NY, a sister Tonya Grimes and her husband Michael of Greenwich, her father in law and mother in law, Donald and Roberta Johansen of Medford, MA, a brother in law and sister in law, Robert and Pina Johansen of Haverhill, MA along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours.The funeral mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington on Thursday January 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow the Mass at JC’s Tavern in Bennington.
If friends desire contributions in memory of Jacqueline D. “Jacquie” Carson may be made to the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at
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    Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Linda McMahan

Posted at 11:08am
I just found out about Jacquie's passing and am shocked and saddened. I met her when I first started working in affordable housing and will always remember her great energy and generosity. She will be missed...


Posted at 01:13am
Hello, I recently checked out Gawande’s “Being Mortal,” from the library and tonight reached the part about Sanborn Place. It was so intriguing that I wanted to look up more about it and her. I was shocked to read of Jacque’s recent passing. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. What an amazing and determined woman, I would have truly liked to meet her. I hope her legacy carries on and we start to see a shift very soon in our country towards more compassionate and dignified care for our elderly. I hope it is comforting to know the reach and impression she left left on so many - including this reader from CA.

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Posted at 06:38pm
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Jamie Steffen

Posted at 09:15pm
I was stunned to hear of the loss of Jacquie. Just so unexpected. I am glad I did get to see her and spend time with her over my H.S. Reunion weekend in October just didn't think it would be the last time. I was just getting reacquainted with her and had enjoyed keeping in touch with her thru her Facebook posts. She did so much for so many people and touched so many lives. Always fun to be with and reminisce about old times. My deepest condolences to Brian and family. Love, Jamie

Elaine Lambert

Posted at 04:20pm
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Jacquie’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) Lean on Him in the days to follow. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit

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