OBITUARY

"Jacky" Sadie Jacquelyn Waller

February 6, 1941March 15, 2021

Jacky Waller February 6, 1941 – March 15, 2021 Ellicott City, Maryland

Jacky is now enjoying a new mind, body, and heavenly home with her Lord. After battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years, she died of natural causes in her home surrounded by those who loved her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William “Bill” Waller III; her 4 children and their spouses, Billy (Gwen), Troy (Cindy), Wendy (Keith), and Jonathan (Stephanie); her 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Trav (Cate), Brooke (Jake), Carla, Trenae, Amy (Matthew), Tressa (Nick), Lauren, Emily, Trenton “TJ”, Lincoln, Sadie, Duke, and Levi; her great-grandson, Logan; her sister, Sanan Brazzeal; her brother-in-law, David Brazzeal; and her sister-in-law, Rosemary Hamilton, previously married to Jacky’s late brother, Layton Rogers.

Sadie Jacquelyn was born in Birmingham, Alabama to John and Mary Elizabeth Rogers. She grew up in South Roebuck attending Woodlawn High School, then Auburn University. After graduation, she and Bill married at Ruhama Baptist Church in June 1963 and moved to Laurel, Maryland. They quickly started a family and with two young sons, Billy and Troy, transferred to Camp Zama, Japan for a 3-year tour. In Japan, their daughter Wendy arrived. Upon returning, Jonathan was born. She raised her children in a Christian home and gave them the gift of a wonderful childhood. When grandchildren began arriving, she became affectionately known as “Grammy.” All 13 grandchildren loved to visit and play with Grammy whenever they could.

She loved and was especially active in her church, the First Baptist Church of Savage. She lived to serve others and point them to Jesus, her Savior. She taught younger girls in the church’s GA program, initiated an International Student Fellowship Ministry for local university students, taught ESL classes, and actively shared the Good News of Jesus with those she interacted with as part of the Howard County Jail Ministry and the Jessup Truck Stop Ministry. Having served as a Board Member of the Baptist Family and Children’s Services of Maryland for 10 years, she encouraged volunteer support for families and children with exceptional needs. She volunteered in the Howard County School system, traveled to Mississippi to help with hurricane recovery, and spent several weeks ministering to the Choctaw Indians in Oklahoma. God truly blessed her with many gifts which she used to honor Him and serve His church. She played the piano, sang in the family quartet and church choir, used her gift of writing to edit the church and Maryland Baptist newsletters, continually advocated for local and foreign missionary work, and later started the Bread of Life Food Pantry which continues today. Jacky reached out and touched countless lives in the community, providing those around her an example of how to sacrificially love others. Jacky loved to plan and publicize events for her church family and to share God’s message with those in the community. She was known for inventing games and silly activities everyone could enjoy, laughing a lot, and was sometimes even accused of instigating practical jokes. People were drawn to her because of her quick wit and the love she freely shared.

Anyone who met Jacky quickly found she was a very sweet and special lady. Driven by her love for God and others, she consistently invested her life in others. She lived out her values, always encouraging her children, caring for her family, and becoming a foster mother to 21 children who needed a family. She and Bill regularly provided food and shelter to those in need. She opened her home to all peoples and cultures, her hospitality was unmatched, and she continually invited others to her home for meals and conversation.

A Visitation with the family will be held on the 25th of March from 6 to 8PM at the Gary Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park. The Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Savage on the 26th of March at 12 noon following a final viewing at 11AM. Please come “Sing-Along with Jacky” at a memorial service at the First Baptist Church on the 18th of April at 6PM - bring your singing voice and favorite memories of this amazing lady. The First Baptist Church of Savage requests that those who attend the funeral service sit in social and family groups to enable effective social distancing within the facility. Masks should also be worn during the service. Thank you. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry she founded. Please make checks out to First Baptist Church of Savage with Food Pantry in the memo line.

  • DONATIONS

  • Bread of Life Food Pantry

Services

18 April

SING-ALONG with JACKY SERVICE

6:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Savage


Savage, MD

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Committal Service & Interment

    Friday, March 26, 2021

Memories

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Stanley McCluskey

March 21, 2021

I will NEVER forget the first time I met Jacky Waller- & I will NEVER forget her smile.

On Oct 19 1985 I moved from Alabama to Maryland. My job put me up at the Holiday Inn on Rt 1 & 175.
My knowledge of MD was limited, but I knew that MD was “up North” and people were not very godly.
Growing up in AL I felt like I had to make two choices 1) attend church 2) pick a college football team - I chose Auburn over Alabama.
I woke up Sunday, Oct 27 with plans to find a church. I drove down Rt 1 looking for a church and to my dismay ALL were closed. Eventually I learned clocks had been set back an hour.
I had discovered the First Baptist Church of Savage. I pulled into the parking lot looking like a homeless man with hopes of finding a few Godly people.
I walked into the church & met Jacky Waller who welcomed me with a warm & welcoming smile. I told her I was from AL & she replied that her & her husband were from AL. Then she looked me in the eyes and asked, “Alabama or Auburn?” I replied, “Auburn” and she smiled and said, “So are we! Welcome home son. Welcome home.”
After church, she invited me to lunch at her house with her family. Over the years I have learned that I wasn’t the first nor the last son of a worrying mother that she took into her care. Since that day I have never felt alone while living in Maryland. I don’t know if she was an answer to my prayer or the prayer of a mother whose 25 year old son was 800 miles away from his mom.
J. Douglas Holladay said, "All of us seek to live lives that count. The big question that gnaws at us is: 'How can our lives truly make a difference?'" Jacky made a difference in the lives of others by showing there are Godly people “up North”.
I know that professing faith in Jesus Christ is how to get to heaven. But I like to think that when Jacky met Jesus on Monday, 15 March 2021 that she looked at Jesus and said, “Auburn” and Jesus said, “So are we! Welcome home daughter! Welcome home!"

Sandra Wright

March 19, 2021

My dearest Bill and the Waller family. I feel such sadness to know that the love of your life has departed for her next journey in a much better place. I think that I personally knew Jacky just by your sharing of so many details of her life with me and on so many occasions. Your garden, singing, the kids, home, church, and so much more, are only a glimpse of what I wished I experienced with her personally. Remember her jolly spirit, personality, faith, gracefulness, and beautiful smile; you have our deepest sympathies. Forever in our prayers; love always! Sandra "Sandy", husband Sherman, and the Wright family!

Jan and Mike Lawson

March 19, 2021

There is no way I can describe the JOY AND BLESSING I've been gifted with since the LORD paired us up 49 years ago! Like she put on a birthday card once: "We're partners in Christ and Crime".. see you Forever Buddy...Love to ALL of Your-and Kevin-youtoo. Jan+Mike

Ken Brown

March 18, 2021

Waller Family,

My sincerest condolences. Ms. Waller was always into something when I was a kid going to the Baptist Church in Savage. The mischief we couldn't think of she was always there to offer her input - while looking totally innocent at the same time.

She was always there when you needed her. She was genuinely a kid at heart and at the same time an incredible woman. That innocent expression managed to fool many people over the years.

Ms. Waller was loved by many and left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered. She was always fun to be around.

Ms. Waller, you are finally going to get the peace you so much deserve.

Ken Brown

Kevin Tengesdal

March 18, 2021

Blessed be the memory forever of the great Jacky Waller, my favorite "other" Mom when I lived in Maryland. Thank you for all the laughter, encouragement, and prayers, Mama Jacky! Such great memories of mission trips, gospel hymn sing-alongs, and many, many meals shared. You are truly a most remarkable woman of God Almighty. This pic is from way, way back in 1990 when my parents came to visit.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY