Jacquelyn Ann Lester Long
Passed away on June 22, 2020
Jacquelyn Ann Lester Long passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020, just a week short of her 90th birthday, in New Braunfels, Texas. She was well cared for at Edenhill Communities by loving staff, Hope Hospice and her dedicated caregivers.
Jackie was born and raised in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the border of Canada, and she loved staying connected to her “U-per roots”! She graduated from Michigan State prepared for life as a teacher, and promptly married Richard Long. They began their journey in the US Air Force and Jackie loved their experiences living in Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, the Philippines, California, Maine and Pakistan. They settled in Universal City, Texas in 1969 and she took on many interests. Jackie became a regular volunteer at the Metropolitan Hospital downtown, and then became their Patient Representative for several years, before ultimately returning to her true calling of teaching at Ed White Middle School until she retired. There she found some of her very best friends, soul mates and lifetime conspirators. They traveled, laughed, celebrated and made beautiful memories. Jackie was proud of her children and grandchildren and felt that each was a special gift to the world. She was a beautiful person, generous, compassionate and kind. She had the ability to connect with people from all walks of life and found great joy in making friends and putting together rituals and circles of trust. She always had time to ask people questions and learn about their lives, their triumphs and struggles. It is perhaps in these choices, to always show compassion and interest in others, embrace community and to value the uniqueness that we each bring to life’s situations, that Mom provided the best example. She inspired us to think expansively, live with a generous spirit and keep an open heart.
We want to send a special thanks to April, for taking such good care of mom in her final months; whom mom lovingly referred to as “September,” proving once again that her unique cheeky sense of humor remained throughout her final days.
A memorial service will be held for Jackie at Colonial Funeral Home on Kitty Hawk Road in Universal City, Texas on July 31, 2020 at 2pm. Interment of her ashes will take place at a later date in a private family ceremony.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the health care workers at Edenhill or other nursing home for their tireless work during this pandemic.
- Jackie is survived by her four children John (Veronica) Long, Mark (Gerlyn) Long, Jill Long Mata (Roland) and Nancy (Gerry) Fleming; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister Margaret Anderson.
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Friday, July 31, 2020
Jacquelyn Ann Lester Long
July 31, 2020
It was a beautiful service and I was so happy to be able to watch it on the livestream. You all (I know, it’s y’all in Texas) spoke so eloquently and lovingly about her, I think you really captured the spirit of who she was, a very special person who made friends everywhere she went, a loving and supportive mother, and a joy to everyone whose lives she touched. And her sense of humor, oh my, how I will miss that!
July 26, 2020
Aunt Jackie was the best aunt I ever could have wished for. Not only because she was “family” but because she was such a special person - so capable but humble, killer sense of humor, kind and caring. I will miss her terribly, as I’m sure all the lives she touched will as well. Especially her children. Love to you all.
July 21, 2020
This is such a surreal time to mourn the loss of our loved one and properly celebrate the life of someone who lived well and was well loved. We have received so many wonderful cards, calls and correspondences from those of you who counted yourself members of Mom's tribe. I am filled with gratitude to hear that you loved her as much as we, and acknowledged her special ability to made connections and recognize the goodness in others. In going through her keepsakes I have read beautiful letters from prior students who express to Mom, decades later, how much she helped them escape feelings of being bullied, family struggles, adolescent growth pains or real cultural misunderstandings. In Mom, they found a champion and mentor; this is why young people loved being around her so much-they were seen and heard. She had such an interesting mix of qualities: gentleness and resiliency, tenderness and steely resolve, zaniness yet full of grace. I remember being annoyed when I learned that she decided to try parasailing at age 85 (in another country even), but then admiring her sense of adventure.
I am thankful that we had so much time together- almost 90 years of life! I hold dear the time and experiences we had together, look forward to sharing her stories and keeping her memory alive.
Thank you to all who loved her, and helped to lift her spirits through out these years.