2012-02-23 / Obituaries

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Brunskill Moye

One-time Mariposa resident Jacqueline “Jackie” Brunskill passed away just six days before her 87th birthday on Jan. 3 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 1925, the only child of Jacques “Jake” Fisher and Marguerite Jones Fisher, and grew up in Highland Park. Her father owned a Ford truck dealership, and her mother owned a dry goods store. She attended Luther Burbank Junior High School and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School.

During the second World War, she worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau at Mines Field, which is now Los Angeles International Airport, where she met Milo Stamen Brunskill. They married on June 23, 1945, after which Milo graduated from the University of Southern California. Tragically, Milo died suddenly of a heart attack in 1962, and Jackie was left to raise her three sons alone. She became a successful realtor and investor for the next 50 years, first in Hermosa Beach, and later in Rolling Hills Estates and Mariposa. She was an active member of the Parent Teacher Associations at her childrens’ schools, and served as PTA president at Dapplegray Intermediate School 1969-70.

On March 7, 1980, Jackie married Vernon “Vern” Moye. His children and grandchildren loved her very much and became an important part of her life. Together, Jackie and Vern purchased and ran a real estate office and a cattle ranch in Mariposa. Having no prior experience in cattle ranching, they received much needed help and advice from their friends and neighbors. Jackie was widowed a second time when Vern died suddenly of a heart attack in 1990. After that, she spent most of her time at her home in Rolling Hills Estates, while maintaining and visiting her ranch in Mariposa.

Jackie was an avid traveler. She took her sons on many camping trips to state and national parks when they were growing up, and she later visited many countries. She was especially proud of her Irish heritage, passed down to her from her father’s mother, and her most special trip was to Ireland to see where her grandmother was born in the town of Cootehill, County Cavan.

Jackie was preceded in death by her youngest granddaughter, Emma Brunskill. She is survived by her sons, Bradley Brunskill of Rolling Hills Estates; Michael Brunskill of Cranbury, NJ; John Brunskill of Mariposa; daughter-in-law, Colleen Cahill; granddaughter, Rebecca Brunskill, and grandson, Lucas Brunskill, all of Cranbury, NJ. Interment was at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar.

Those who wish to send the family messages or view the online video tribute can go to www.LAfuneral.com.

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