Jacqueline G. Houlihan

March 23, 1930April 5, 2018
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Jacqueline “Jackie” Houlihan (1930-2018) passed away on April 5, 2018, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe, Illinois, surrounded by her loving family.

Jackie was born to Roy and Olive (Evans) Lowman in Pekin, Illinois on March 23, 1930. She loved life and having a good time. In her younger years, she was an avid water skier and would ski up and down the Illinois River for miles. If you knew her, you would have heard the skiing stories! She also had a passion for music. She couldn’t read music, but she taught herself how to play the piano by listening. She enjoyed listening and singing along to Frank Sinatra. Above all, she loved her family, and there was no better place to have holiday dinners. Jackie was an excellent cook and was always “forcing” people to eat, even if they had too much already. Those meals will be missed! During her heyday, she held many pool parties, and frequented Agatuccci’s, and Pizza Inn.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Olive Lowman and her husband Robert Houlihan. She is survived by her children, Pat (Velvet) Magarity, Tom (Cindi) Magarity, Lauri (Joe) House, Jay (Beth) Houlihan, Grandchildren Craig (Michelle) Magarity, Jill (Andy) Garrison, Tyler Magarity, Travis (Anne) Magarity, Amy (Brian) Johnson, Juli (Taylor) Yelnick, Jason Lanzotti, Kellie (Jason) Gerber, Rachel (Jason) Passini, Bobby Houlihan, 19 great grandchildren. Two Nephews Jim (Linda) Price, Jim (Joanne) Toothman and a niece Jolynn (Jerry) Slane, and special friend Jim Ingels.

Words cannot describe the impact that Jackie had on so many lives, and she will be greatly missed by many. Her family would like to thank the generous and kind nurses, CNAs and staff at Heritage Health in Chillicothe and OSF Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, IL with a visitation held an hour prior. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials can be made out to the family for the Heritage Health Activity Fund or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. For more information please visit


  • Roy Lowman, Father
  • Olive (Evans) Lowman, Mother
  • Robert Houlihan, Husband
  • Pat (Velvet) Magarity, Son
  • Tom (Cindi) Magarity, Son
  • Lauri (Joe) House, Daughter
  • Jay (Beth) Houlihan, Son
  • Craig (Michelle) Magarity, Grandson
  • Jill (Andy) Garrison, Granddaughter
  • Tyler Magarity, Grandson
  • Travis (Anne) Magarity, Grandson
  • Amy (Brian) Johnson, Granddaughter
  • Juli (Taylor) Yelnick, Granddaughter
  • Jason Lanzotti, Grandson
  • Kellie (Jason) Gerber, Granddaughter
  • Rachel (Jason) Passini, Granddaughter
  • Bobby Houlihan, Grandson
  • ~ 19, Great-grandchildren
  • Jim (Linda) Price, Nephew
  • Jim (Joanne) Toothman, Nephew
  • Jolynn (Jerry) Slane, Niece
  • Jim Ingels, Special friend

  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Heritage Health Activity Fund


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jacqueline G. Houlihan

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Anthony Brody

April 28, 2018

Jackie started caring for my daughter Rachel when she was 5 years old. She was a wonderful role model for her for many years, and gave her the greatest care and love. Later on, as my life changed with expanded family, she remained a very important part of all of our lives. I have so many happy memories of time visiting her and Houli, and all the laughs we shared!!
She was a very special person, and I will miss her.
Tony Brody

Carol Brody

April 28, 2018

Jackie has been a very special friend over many years. She took such wonderful care of our home and kids while we were away, and I so appreciated her help each week, keeping it meticulously clean. We had such fun shopping and often going out for lunch. We both especially loved Von Maur, and we had great conversations and laughs during our drives to and from Bloomington. I treasure all of my memories with her, and will miss her greatly.
Carol Brody

Lauri House

April 20, 2018

I don’t have enough kind words to express how much this man meant to my mom . They met at the perfect time in their lives and enjoyed many rides to kewanee and wherever Mom would want to go . Their friendship meant the world to each of them and I will forever be grateful for Jim . And will always remember the two words at the end of every conversation that I would hear! “Me Too”God bless you Jim❤️❤️

Scott Price

April 19, 2018

Aunt Jackie,

I have so many fond memories of time spent with you. Though we didn't live in the same city, our wonderful mother Carol always made sure to bring me and my brother Steve down to your house in Peoria for family gatherings growing up. As everyone has already said, your pool parties were the best and the food was always plentiful and delicious. Even as a college student in Champaign, and after moving down to Nashville, I always made sure to make a special stop on my way back home to Sterling to visit with you, and it never ceased to amaze me how, even with no advance notice, you turned my "pit stop" into a five course meal, with leftovers on top of that to take home! I will miss those times but will cherish them always in my heart. I am also so glad you got to know my wife Keely during recent years, and that she got to know how special you were.


Craig Magarity

April 14, 2018

Grandma- I will never forget summers around the pool, all of your great cooking, and trips to Isaac Walton. You will be missed.

Jason Lanzotti

April 14, 2018

My childhood will always be the fondest of memories with our family gatherings, and you were the pulse of it all. The entertainer, gracious host, incredible cook, and songbird of your generation. Cheers to you and Frank Sinatra!
Much love and THANK YOU

Patrick Magarity

April 14, 2018

Mom, you will be missed. I like to remember the days when we were kids. Four 7 and under. But we endured and enjoyed life. As we grew older the balance of being taken care of shifted to taking care of. And now that has shifted again to letting the Lord taking care of you.

Beth Houlihan

April 13, 2018

You welcomed everyone you knew into your home and family with open arms. You filled us with food, laughter, and love. Thank you for your love and kindness over the years. I'll always remember your wonderful smile, laugh, and our shared love of music. Sing pretty.

With Love,
Beth Houlihan

Juli Yelnick

April 12, 2018

Grandma Jackie was the best grandma a kid could want. You made our childhood so special and kept us all together and happy! My first memory is your German Shepherd Britz letting us ride him horseback and of course me eating ham fried rice from egg roll express on your pool patio. Thank God you had a daughter who you passed your cooking & hosting skills down to, or I don’t know how this family would keep it together! I will never forget our childhood shopping trips and all the fun at Isaac Walton. Love you forever! ❤️❤️❤️

Tyler Magarity

April 11, 2018


You were the cornerstone of our family. You always provided such a loving, warm and welcoming environment for all of us; we never left your house hungry. I will always be grateful to you for your love and kindness. I will never forget all the memories of our family gatherings and all the years swimming in your pool.

Love you,
Tyler Magarity