What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,
for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.
By Helen Keller
There are people that shine so brightly that they illuminate every life they touch. Jacqueline Annette Rucker set this world on fire with her kindness, intelligence, and amazing cooking. She left us too soon on Thursday, June 21st 2018, at the age of 33.
Jackie’s numerous friends and family will remember her for love of soccer and for the fresh garden from which she would always lovingly offer food. Whether she was visiting family in Hawaii, trekking around the entire United States to judge barbecue competitions, or clamming in the rain and muck, Jackie was always smiling. Most of all, Jackie will be remembered as a devoted mother to her son Liam, a role she fulfilled with a natural grace and ease.
Jackie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Portland State University in 2006. While attending PSU, she started working with Matt Nava at Nava Engineering Inc., where she continued to work with him for over 13 years until her passing.
Also while attending PSU, Jackie met her future husband James Rucker in 2005 on a camping trip, where they embarked on a more than 13-year relationship. During that time, they made their home a gathering place for friends and family and shared a great appreciation and love for food. They made many happy memories berry picking, canning, and trying new recipes together.
Jackie’s passing leaves an empty space in the hearts of many. Her son William “Liam” Stanley Rucker, born on March 12, 2016, will always be a sweet, loving reminder of Jackie’s proudest achievement. James will always be there to show the love he and Jackie shared. Her mother Brenda Ellington will continue to share great stories of when Jackie was little, especially how she cared for her sisters. Sisters Jamie Hagen, Jessie Ellington and Julia Ellington all comforted Jackie through her journey, and will make sure her family memories and traditions are carried on.
There will be a memorial service on July 2nd from 1p.m. – 3 p.m. at Holman’s Funeral Home on Hawthorne, with a reception starting at 5 p.m. at Blackberry Hall at McMenamins Edgefield. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society, or contact a member of the family to contribute to her son Liam’s college fund.
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