Jacquelyn L. McEvoy
March 28, 1945 – April 12, 2022
Preceded in death by husband, Bart. Survived by sons, Donald (Angela) and Cliff (Calla); grandchildren, Corban, Clara, and Camille.
VISITATION: Friday, April 22nd from 5pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 6pm. Memorials are suggested to the Methodist Hospital Foundation.
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Jackie was a loving wife, mother, grannie, and proud retiree of Nebraska Methodist College. She was born on an Air Force base in Columbus, Ohio, but called Raytown, Missouri home as that was where she grew up and graduated from high school, further completing college classes at the University of Missouri. She became a true Husker football fan, unless they were playing Missou: even once cheering for a Tiger touchdown in Memorial Stadium so enthusiastically that after jumping up and down, she landed on and broke her husband’s toe.
As another story goes, Jackie met that to-be husband, Bart McEvoy, on a blind date that she had to be convinced by her roommate to accept. Bart and Jackie fell for each other quickly; they were married just over a month after that setup and stayed so until his passing in 2011.
Doctors had told her that having kids was not likely, which is why it was such a blessing when she had her first-born Donald James “DJ” in 1979 and Clifton Michael “Cliff” in 1982. Falling very ill after both childbirths, she often referred to her sons as her “two miracles.”
She also loved her job in Continuing Education at Methodist College of Nursing. Co-worker Julie Wagner says, “During our work years, Jackie was always coming up with new creative educational activities with our team for wellness conferences.” Julie further reflects as a close friend, “She once told me that our team had given her a new perspective on wellness and spiritual joy in her life. This held true throughout the years as she experienced a decline in her own health. Her faith helped her endure her daily struggles.”
Jackie McEvoy was also a grateful member of Al-Anon. She had a successful, fulfilling and beloved career, along with a family that proudly personifies her own spirit and integrity. She will be missed, she will be remembered, and wherever she is right now, she is surrounded by those she loved.