OBITUARY

Jacquelyn Marie Leader

June 21, 1987September 4, 2020

After a lifetime of chronic illness, Jacky’s heart couldn't fight the pain and the system any longer. The world lost a shining star. She wanted to be normal but it was impossible because she was extraordinary.

Jacky spent her life making the world a better place. She was fluent in ASL and was on the Dean's List. She filled our home with beautiful pottery, and healthy food. She started sewing when she heard that girls in Africa were missing school because they needed personal hygiene products. She made and sent 50 pads to Mighty Girls. Her friends saw what she was doing and insisted that they, too, needed her quality, unique pads. Her business, Leader Seaming, ( which she referred to as her ‘baby’ ) blossomed and grew into reusable bags of all types and sizes. She felt she was making an ecological difference one bag at a time and all the while being 99% waste free.

Her business supported her love of quilting. She was self taught and knew no fear when it came to mixing bright colors and patterns. She created a method of English Paper Piecing which allows sewists to quilt without hand stitching. Her talent attracted several fabric companies and she became their design consultant and social media influencer.

The entire time she was creating art, she was collecting friends from all over the world. She was a very active member of Quilting Unites Us, being everyone’s cheerleader and mentor. She sprinkled love like fairydust.

Jacky loved her family most of all. She is survived by her parents, Mark & Gayl Leader, her brother, Michael, whom she fiercely loved, and his wife Kristina. Jacky’s niece and nephews were the light of her life. Marcus, Charlotte and Mitchell will forever miss their sweet Aunt Jacky. Like everyone whose life she touched, they will be better people for having loved her. Jacky was always accompanied on her ventures by her fur friends, Casey Jo and Emma Joy. There is rarely a picture of her quilts that doesn’t include one of her quilt inspectors. Jacky has left us with many words of wisdom; she wanted us to love others without judgment, try new things, and eat healthy, Most of all, remember that neon is a neutral color.

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Laura Clem

September 24, 2020

I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Jacky in person, but she’s been an online friend through a FB quilting group. She was a kind, thoughtful, encouraging friend who always left a loving comment for everyone. She never failed to ooh and ahh over someone else’s project, and had a master’s eye for fabric design and color. We were all very blessed to have her friendship and she will be dearly missed. I know she has inspired a lot of people to pick up a new skill, which we will proudly do in her honor and memory. Rest east, beautiful girl.

Halie Locke

September 24, 2020

Seems like just the other day she was a sweet baby and everyone was so excited to see her cute little face.

She had such talent and all will certainly miss her creativity.

The family will have many many good memories of her and she will be our hearts forever. Heaven will be happy to have such a lovely girl.

Manda Cashman

September 24, 2020

I have never "met" Jacky in person, however, I knew her very well. Jacky was part of the fabric that makes up our online quilting family. She was the neon threads. She had the brightest personality and would go out of her way to leave a nice comment or word of encouragement for everyone. I would pictures of my projects and refresh the page just to see her comment, as she was always just as excited about what I was working on as I was. She had a unique eye for color combinations, unlike anyone else. She would show us fabrics that she planned to use in a project and I would think she was nuts because nothing "went" together. But when the project was complete it would be a beautiful masterpiece. She spoke often of the love she had for her family, it was evident they were all very close. It makes me feel good to know that she was surrounded by loving people and her doggy companion, Emma (the cutest quilt inspector ever!). Jacky - you are so missed but I am happy for you that you are in a better place, free of pain.

Gaylynn Norman

September 24, 2020

Jacky was a big part of my life; introduced to me years ago by my daughter, Hannah, who was Jacky's friend. It didn't matter that I was so much older - age meant nothing to her. Her smile, infectious laugh, and kind heart immediately drew me into her circle. Over the years I've always been able to message Jacky with sewing questions, or Color Street questions, or just share the latest fabric line that was going to be released. I've purchased some of her sewing projects. One being an amazing Star Wars tote for my daughter-in-law, Rebekah. I have to admit, I have coveted many of Jacky's quilting projects, as her eye for fabric selection/combining was stellar. I was swooning over her recent vintage-inspired Christmas stockings. I still am having a difficult time adjusting to the fact that she is no longer a Messenger message away. That I'm no longer going to place an order and have it arrive with all the love she would infuse into the little details; like the tissue paper, notes, and gift - like a bag of tea. I'd like to think that Jacky and my sister, Carla (who passed in August), have hooked up in heaven - and that they are having a grand time creating and sprinkling their love around.

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