At service, family and friends recall Juliet Macchi’s tenacity, generosity, and love

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For an hour Saturday, Juliet Noel Macchi’s family and friends tried to squeeze into a memorial service a life that was too brief, but so full.

“Let Juliet give you a gift in her death,” the Rev. Ann Stevenson told those who gathered in Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. “Life is fragile and very precious,” Stevenson added, and “it is not to be lived fearfully, not following our dreams.”

Through the example of her 23 years, Macchi taught that lesson over and over, and did so again Saturday through the recollections of others.

Juliet and her mother, Susan R. Macchi, were killed in a head-on collision in Plymouth on Sept. 22 while returning home to Carver. The other driver has been cited for drunken driving.

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