Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA


Jacqueline Eloise Talley

March 5, 1927March 25, 2020

Jacqueline Eloise Talley

Born in the old St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington on March 5, 1927 to Farrol and Genevieve (Rucker) DeFord, died in Lakewood, Washington on March 25, 2020. She grew up in Olympia and graduated from Olympia High School in 1945. She and many classmates from that OHS class met for lunch regularly in Olympia, enjoying and revisiting high school memories especially of WWII, which affected their lives so profoundly during those years.

Jackie was employed by the Clover Park School District for over 30 years. She was a secretary and was instrumental in uniting classified employees in the school district in the early 70s forming a union. Jackie treasured the many friendships made during her years in the school district and community. Many met regularly for weekly bridge games.

She was a member at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor and Little Church on the Prairie in Lakewood. She was a long-time member of Tacoma Country and Golf Club and Retired Women in Education. She was the official birthday cake baker for all members of the family, her decorated sugar cookies were a must for the holidays. Grandchildren and great grandchildren loved her tea parties and her family cherished their time together.

Jackie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Darold, and sister Beverly Fant. She is survived by her children Gary (Marlene) Hughes of Prosser, Rebecca Hughes of Lakewood, Kathryn (Edwin) Schuler of Puyallup, brother-in-law Del (Marilyn) Talley and their families in Chelan, stepson Drew (Betty) Talley of New Hampshire, 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity or the Centralia College Darold Talley Athletic Scholarship Fund.


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Sharon Larsgaard

April 4, 2020

I worked with Jackie at Lakes High School. She was so talented, professional, friendly and intelligent. She was a delight to work with! She will be missed!