January 31, 1927 – March 22, 2014
Jacqueline (Jackie) Fisher Runyan, 87, passed away in Kingwood, Texas on March 22 following an illness. She was born on January 31, 1927 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to John P. and Madge Fisher.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, William M. Runyan II, of Kingwood, her five children: sons Michael Runyan of Montgomery, and John Runyan (Ruth) of Alexandria, VA,, daughters Lucinda Anderson (David) of Kingwood, Janet Runyan of Boulder, Colo., Amy Asofsky (Douglas) of Houston, five grandchildren; Jackie Anderson Owens (Ford), Brian Anderson, Caitlin Runyan, Margaret Runyan, and Hannah Asofsky, and one great grandchild, Charlotte Owens. Raised on a farm in Saverton, Missouri, Jackie attended Park College in Missouri and The University of Illinois before graduating from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City in 1947.
She was head nurse at Sharpstown Hospital in Houston, and retired as Director of Nursing from Park Plaza Hospital in Houston in 1978.
An avid seamstress and quilter, she was active for many years in the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild where she received the Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Achievement. She was especially active in creating beautiful quilts for children through many years of service to the Ronald McDonald Foundation.
Jackie was a longtime member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) and in 2002 received the organization’s prestigious Golden Girl Award for 50 years of service promoting educational opportunities for women.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 5 at Kingwood Funeral Home, followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association.
- Memorial Service Saturday, April 5, 2014
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April 8, 2014
Jackie was a great friend and mentor. She made me laugh about problems, gave advice that was short and to the point (and right on), and supported all of my efforts. I admired her more than I can say.
We would go to Quilt Festival together and walk the exhibits. Her perspective was always enlightening, accepting, and fun. She was always ready to learn and try something new and had the most wonderful way with color.
Her priority was family but friends were right up there too. She was a great communicator, keeping track of what was happening in all of our lives. She knew just what to do and say to make people feel better. But she would also tell you when to pull up your socks and get on with it.
I will miss her.
April 6, 2014
I knew Jackie through P.E.O. Whenever she spoke I wanted to listen because I knew it would be something interesting or something that would make me laugh! She was just a delightful person and I am blest to have known her.Murph Edmonson
April 4, 2014
I knew Jackie through the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild and our Crazy Quilters group that met every Friday for a number of years. She was a very dear lady that I so enjoyed knowing! My sincere sympathies to all her family.
April 2, 2014
Jackie will be missed by her quilting friends. She was a talented lady with a feisty personality. I really liked Jacke and enjoyed her company. I am so sorry for your loss and send you my condolences.. Anita Hayes
April 1, 2014
My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2. Again my deepest sympathy.
March 31, 2014
We will miss our P.E.O. Sister. She was a gift to our chapter.
Chapter HG Kingwood, Texas
March 31, 2014
Our hearts go out to the Runyan family as they say farewell to Mrs. Runyan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Envelope Manufacturers Association and staff.
March 31, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Runyan family on your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all over the past several weeks.