2014-05-29 / Obituaries

Jacqueline Murray Douglass

Jacqueline Murray Douglass, aged 68, passed away peacefully in her home on May 2, 2014 after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. Jackie was born in Exeter, Calif. and resided in Mariposa for the last 40 years. She was a devoted local educator and taught in the Mariposa County education system for 30 years. She spent 25 of those years dedicated to Cathey’s Valley Elementary School.

She was born to the late Icy Agnus Murray and Jack Spurlock and was the beloved wife of John Douglass for more than 43 years. She is survived by her husband, sister Dorthy Hart, her children Neal Douglass and Shannon Hanson, son-in-law Jason Hanson and beloved grandchildren Jordon, Austin, Jackson and Jase Douglass and Hanna and Mia Hanson—all of Mariposa.

Jackie touched the lives of so many people with her passion for education, her dedication to her family and friends, and her zest for life. Her love, generosity and witty humor will never be forgotten and will remain with us forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be sent to a savings account at Yosemite Bank with the account number 307017830, that will be used to establish a scholarship fund benefitting local students.

There will be a celebration to honor Jackie’s amazing life on July 12 at Wayne and Chris Forsythe’s home. Attendees are asked to bring a side-dish to share.

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You will be missed!

You will be missed!

While living in San Diego in

While living in San Diego in the mid 1980s I met John Douglass and eventually had the pleasure of meeting his family; Jackie, Neal and Shannon. Jackie welcomed me into their home and treated me as though I belonged. She cooked the first breakfast burrito I'd ever eaten and I loved it. While out on an adventure with the family one day John dispatched a rattle snake and I wanted to see how it tasted. No one else in the family wanted a taste but without hesitation Jackie fried it up in a pan and served me. Jackie was a good cook! I learned how dedicated Jackie was to teaching her young students at Cathey's Valley. She even treated me to a tour of the school. The Navy transferred me to Norfolk, Va. and I last saw John and Jackie in 1995. John and I have stayed in loose contact over the years and I've had the pleasure of occasionally hearing Jackie's voice on the phone also. I'll miss that voice and the wit and compassion within it. And when I think of her smile and her laugh...I will smile.

Jacki was my friend and

Jacki was my friend and confidant in the battle of Ovarian cancer. She use to tell me many tell ' we don't deserve this' This horrfic cancer, ovarian is silent and i will continue to spead the word for early detection! CA 125 ladies a simple blood test. Teal is the color for ovaian cancer and Jackie is now a teal Angel. I will miss her dearly. She was also my son Andrews favorite teacher 2-3. Thoughts and prayer for her husband and family.

She was one of those rare

She was one of those rare people that made a huge impact on so many people. She not only shared her ability to teach her students, but she also shared her heart with them and their families as well. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

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