HOOD RIVER, OR — Jacquelyn “Jackie” Light beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away November 4, 2021 at Brookside Manor, Hood River, OR after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 81 years old. Jackie was born in Leipsic, Ohio March 3, 1940. In 1960 Jackie married William “Bill” Light. They had been high school sweethearts. They were married for 61 years.
Jackie was the youngest of two girls of Clifford and Velma (Inbody) Eicher. She grew up in Lima, Ohio where she attended Shawnee schools. At Shawnee she was a class officer, a homecoming queen, and was involved in orchestra (string bass), a cappella choir and girl’s athletics. Jackie attended Miami of Ohio University where she played on the women’s varsity basketball team.
Jackie assisted Bill through medical school while they started and raised their family. Through these years they lived in Bowling Green, OH, Ann Arbor, MI, Kalamazoo, MI, North Kingston, RI, and back to Ann Arbor, MI before returning to Lima, OH in 1972 where Bill began his dermatology practice. In 2010 Bill retired and they moved to Hood River, OR to enjoy the northwest and be closer to all their children and grandchildren in the Northwest.
Jackie was an excellent seamstress and needle worker and owned a yarn shop for 8 years. She was an active volunteer for her childrens’ activities as well as many other organizations. Jackie was president of the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society for 8 years and a member of the State Audubon Board in Ohio for the same length of time. She received a National Audubon award for service to that organization and her development of a weekend environmental education program in Ohio, which has attracted 50-80 people yearly for over 40 years. Jackie’s other hobbies included birding, duplicate bridge, gardening, golf, tennis, bowling, water skiing, camping, canoeing and travel. Jackie and Bill’s travels included nearly all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Many of their trips included car camping with friends across the US and abroad. Some of Jackie’s most enjoyable times were walking the beach and picking up shells on Sanibel Island, FL and relaxing with Bill, family, and friends at their cottage at Coldwater Lake, MI.
Jackie is survived by her loving husband Bill, her children; William Bradley “Brad” Light (Yooli) of Pleasanton, CA, and Karen Light Wahl (Jon) of Richland, WA and four grandchildren, Kelly Wahl, Jason Wahl, Isaac Light, and Jeremy Light.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister (Jeanette Gilmore).
A memorial service will be held Friday, November 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. PT at the Riverside Community Church in Hood River, OR. The service will be streamed via zoom for family and friends who would like to participate remotely.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shawnee United Methodist Church, Lima, OH or the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
Published by The Lima News from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2021.
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