Jacquelyn Pace Williams, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Mesa, Arizona.
Jackie was born to Orlando Delorum Pace and Nancy Rebecca Cluff on March 20, 1938 in Hayden, Arizona. Jackie is the third of four daughters: Nancy Jeanene, Connie Mae, and Susan Elaine.
After graduating from Hayden High School in 1956, Jackie attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Phoenix for 3 years.
Jackie met her sweatheart, Oscar Gene Williams, through his sister Shirley Riley. Once Gene was discharged from the Army, they were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on December 29, 1960. They have celebrated over 59 years together. They have four children: Rebecca (Becky), Kevin, Kurt, and Christianna (Christi), all born in Fontana, California.
Jackie worked for 27 years for the Kaiser Hospital Pediatric Clinic in Fontana, CA. After living in California for 40 years Gene and Jackie moved back “home” to Arizona. They bought a small cabin in Heber, AZ where they enjoyed escaping from the valley heat during the summer.
Jackie kept herself busy with crocheting blankets for great grandchildren, doing crossword puzzles, watching Arizona Diamondback games, and traveling. She and Gene participated in the cast of the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant for four years. It was a wonderful spiritual experience for them.
She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jackie served in many positions in her Church, mainly in the Young Women and Relief Society, but also as activity day leader, and ward missionary. Jackie also enjoyed serving with Gene as service missionaries which they did for three years in the Bishop’s Storehouse.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Oscar Gene Williams, and her parents Lan and Nancy Pace. She is survived by her four children Rebecca Gibson (Scott), of Mesa, AZ,; Kevin Williams (Sherry), of Thousand Palms, CA.; Kurt Williams (Jana), of Mesa, AZ.; and Christi Williams, of Mesa, AZ. She is also survived by her three sisters, Jeanene Marshall of Chandler, AZ; Connie Young of Sarita, AZ; and Susan Martin, Camarillo, CA. She is blessed to have 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren (with 3 more on the way) who have blessed her life along with all of you. Thank you