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“So sad to hear this news.I have fond memories of chatting and laughing with Lisa when she checked my books out at the library. She was friendly to...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Maria P. - Lincoln, MA

“I just heard of Lisa's death. I am so sorry Jeanne, Ray and Molly. I remember Lisa so fondly as a student in Littleton.Please accept our sincere...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Whitcomb - Littleton, MA

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of dear Lisa's passing. She was such a bright light and I enjoyed every interaction I've ever had with her at the...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“I am touched and saddened to have not known the trials that Lisa endured. She was such a wonderful presence at the Library and I always enjoyed...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“We were so sorry to hear about Lisa. I will always remember her as the adorable little munchkin in the first grade group photo, with a never-ending...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Joyce Dressel - Littleton, MA

“Please accept my condolences. The Bible offers much comfort, such as at Jeremiah 29:11, 'For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,'...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort knowing that those who die, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: - MA

“Deepest condolences to Jeanne, Ray, Mollie, family, and the wonderful menagerie.We will miss Lisa's rye wit, infectious smile, and kindness even when...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Kyle & Patti Martin - Waltham, MA

“My sincerest condolences. It must be so hard to suffer a tragedy like this. May "the God of all comfort" comfort you during this difficult time....Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Bracken Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Joanne Cone - Devens, MA

“Lisa was a shining light, always cheerful, caring, helpful to others and optimistic, despite all she had been/was going through. I miss seeing her...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Anita Harris - Cambridge, MA

“Jeanne and Family, I an heartbroken to read this. Lisa was lovely, kind, funny, and the youngest looking 40 year old I've ever met! I always...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Lisa was always kind, helpful and creative. I especially enjoyed chatting with her about film and literature and hunting for obscure titles. Her...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Garrick Niemiec - Lincoln, MA

“Those we love don't go away. They will always be in our hearts and walk by our side everyday. May the love and prayers of family and friends comfort...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Penny Prentice - Upperco, MD

“Will miss her a lot. Always enjoyed her company, and our rides together. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Kathie Brobeck - Lincoln, MA



            Lisa Jeanne Bracken, 40, of Acton, formerly of Littleton, died at her parent’s home in Littleton after a life-long battle with cancer.  She was born in Concord, MA on August 12, 1976, daughter of Raymond and Jeanne (Munn) Bracken.  She grew up in Littleton and was a graduate of Acton Boxborough Regional High School in 1994. She attended Lesley University in Cambridge for a year before her health forced her to drop out.

            Lisa touched many families through her work at the Tiger’s Den afterschool program, where she worked for several years, as well as with Camp Tahattawan as a junior counselor. Subsequently she worked in an afterschool program in Acton as well. Working at Blockbuster in Westford fed her passion for movies, and she became the “resident expert” in film wherever she went. She and her family were also familiar to readers of the local newspapers through her mother’s weekly columns reporting their antics for many years.

            For nearly 20 years she worked as a Senior Library Technician at the Lincoln Public Library, where the supportive staff and community carried her through several serious illnesses, two periods of dialysis, a kidney transplant, and a subsequent new cancer diagnosis. Lisa’s creativity shone through at a young age as she wrote poetry and developed her artistic talent, especially in mixed media with quirky and brilliantly colorful works. She loved horror movies, horror books, Monty Python, pop music, reading in general and Disney in particular, especially Alice in Wonderland. She had a wicked sense of humor and a passion for fairness and justice. She played a series of mean games on her ubiquitous cell phone.

            Her survivors include her parents Raymond and Jeanne Bracken of Littleton and a sister, Mollie Bracken of Acton, and she is also survived by several beloved cats in Acton and Littleton. Other family members include aunts, uncles and cousins across the country and her dear friends Anissa Woodsum and Melissa Cunliffe-Nelson, both of New Hampshire.

            Lisa was a long-time supporter of Plan International (, an organization that helped children around the world; she was especially passionate about their work with girls and she would have appreciated memorial donations to them.

            A memorial Survive will be held at the Littleton Congregational Church, 330 King Street, on Sunday November 20 at 3:00 pm. She was privately buried at Westlawn Cemetery in Littleton.