OBITUARY

Jacquelyn Forde LaMonte

February 9, 1931January 2, 2019

Jacquelyn (Jackie) Forde LaMonte

Services for Jacquelyn (Jackie) Forde LaMonte will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove on Friday, February 1st at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Jackie, 87, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

She was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York on February 9, 1931 to Olive Rockwell (Sweezy) Forde and Jack Reginald Forde. She was raised in Northport. At a young age she cultivated a love of the water through growing up in a seaside community. While in Northport, she enjoyed singing, street hockey, sailing, swimming, playing the cornet and attending church at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. After graduating from Northport High School in 1950, she attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where she studied to be a Physical Education teacher. In November of 1952, she married her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert (Bob) LaMonte, of Huntington, New York. Accompanying Bob she became an Army wife supporting Bob’s career and devoting her life to her family. As she followed her ever-loving sweetheart to various duty stations and while he served three tours in Vietnam, she became active in many clubs including The Geographical Wives Club and The Polka Dots singing club in Ft. Benning, GA. One of her fondest memories was traveling with The Polka Dots to Florida where they performed on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. Also at Ft. Benning she became a volunteer life guard at the community pool and continued to grow her love of sports through golfing and sailing her Sunfish sailboat. Jackie and Bob moved to Copperas Cove/Ft. Hood in December of 1969 for their final duty station. They quickly settled into the Greater Ft. Hood Community where Jackie became very active in many community volunteer organizations including the Officers Wives Club, Central Texas Mended Hearts, American Heart Association, Coryell County Republicans, a State of Texas Republican Convention Delegate, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, and Copperas Cove Military Affairs. She was also the first Republican female to run for a public office in Coryell County and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For 20 years, she served as an election judge for the City of Copperas Cove. Another big part of Jackie’s life at Ft. Hood was spent in league bowling where she made lifelong friends as they traveled to compete in tournaments at military installations around Texas and neighboring states. She was a founding member and the first Chairman of the Copperas Cove Rabbit Fest. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was most happy and at peace when she was in the sun either at the beach or the lake enjoying activities with family and friends while camping, boating, slalom skiing, sailing, tubing, jet skiing, swimming, playing tennis or golfing. All of the children and grandchildren cherished their time with Jackie while spending every summer at the beach or the lake. Finally, Jackie had many endearing qualities, but what stood out best was treating everyone like family and she never, ever met a stranger.

Jackie is survived by a son Larremore (Larry) LaMonte, 3 daughters Jacquelyn (Lyn) Cox, Jeanette (Jan) Adkins and her husband Gary, and Michaelle Pitrucha and her husband Jeff; 7 grandchildren - Courtney Cox Waters, her husband Clayton and their children Atticus and August; Matthew and Michael Adkins, Alicia Pitrucha Casstetter, her husband Robby and their children, Derrick, Mazi and Dakota; Lauren and Jacquelyn (Ellie) LaMonte, Teresa Pitrucha Smith and her husband Brandon; Brother Alan LaMonte; nephews Robert, Larry and John and his wife Brenda LaMonte and their children John Jr. and Katelynn; nieces Debbie Joseph and her children David and Lizzy LaMonte; Gabi LaMonte and her daughter Presley Weeks, Cousins Richard and Camille Sweezy; John, Samantha, Michael (McClain), Taylor and Hannah Sweezy; Tandy, Michael and Brooke Price; Rebecca, Andy and Conner Foster; and adopted children Jeff and Feri Abravesh and their children Ali and Arash; and Mehrdad Andisheh.

Memorial contributions may be made to

Grace United Methodist Church

United Methodist Women

101 West Ave F

Copperas Cove, Tx 76522

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Services

1 February

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Grace United Methodist Church

101 W Ave F
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

1 February

Graveside Service

12:00 pm

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 State Highway 195
Killeen, Texas 76542

REMEMBERING

Jacquelyn Forde LaMonte

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Billy MacDonald

January 19, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to the Lamonte Family.

Brenda Lucas

January 18, 2019

From the first time that I met her it was Mom. She just embraced me as her own. The last time that I saw her, Lynnie and I got to sing Happy Birthday to her. What a precious gift to me. I love you forever Mom! You and Dad changed my life forever. I have so many memories from camping and (over packing)....lol to riding on the jet skis....Love you! I'll see you both again!

Eileen Walcik

January 13, 2019

Jackie was a vital part of the Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She served three terms as Regent of the chapter and loved the participating in the presentation of awards to Ft. Hood soldiers and the area high school JROTC outstanding cadets. She was an inspiration to all of us. We miss you Jackie.

FROM THE FAMILY