Jacquelin Jane Holden
Jacquelin "Jackie" Jane Holden of Lake Oswego, Ore., passed away peacefully on July 26, 2017, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. She was 93 years old.
Jackie was born March 29, 1924 in Spokane, Wash., the only child of Jack and Leatha Loucks. While she was an infant, Jackie's parents moved the family to Portland, Ore., where she lived and went to school. When she was 15 years old, they moved to their lake house in Lake Oswego. Jackie rode the city bus into Portland every day to continue her education at Grant High School because there wasn't a high school in Lake Oswego. While riding the city bus, she met a handsome Lake Oswego boy, Edward Holden, who was also in transit to his high school at Benson Polytechnic. Their bus ride conversations became dates to dances, movies, hiking, and ice cream at Yaws. They enjoyed picnics on the lake, at the beach and at Ed's favorite Oregon destination, the Vista House at Crown Point. Jackie graduated in 1939 and joined Ed at Washington State College in Pullman. Jackie was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, majoring in business administration, and Ed was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity earning his degree in veterinary medicine and fulfilling his duties on campus as a ROTC Army officer. Jackie and Ed were married in Portland in 1943, and Jackie's lifelong devotion to her husband and family began. They were able to have a wedding cake because friends gifted them their war-ration sugar coupons. With Jackie at his side, Dr. Holden began his veterinary medicine practice in Tillamook, Ore., while managing Army duties during the war. Their first daughter, Judy, was born in Tillamook. They moved back to their hometown of Lake Oswego where Ed opened the first veterinary practice in the town. The second daughter Nancy was born, and then Linda arrived two years later. The fourth daughter, Pamela, was born two years after Linda. The veterinary practice grew as the family grew.
Jackie volunteered with the PTA in Lake Oswego and was a scout leader for two Girl Scout troops at one time. She joined the Lake Oswego Garden Club, Lake Oswego Sewing club and became an avid bridge player. Through the years she bowled and played golf, becoming an award-winning golfer after the four daughters left for college. She served on the Altar Guild for Christ Church Episcopal Parish for over 30 years. She knit 100 hats a year for the homeless in Portland for several years.
In retirement, Jackie and Ed were dedicated members of a Portland biking club. They biked six tours in Europe and rode tours in Baniff, Canada, and in the States. For both, a friend made in a day became a friend forever. Jackie was fortunate to live in Summerfield Community Living for her final 17 years where the lifestyle is friendly neighbors, golf, and Oregon gardens.
Jackie is survived by daughters Judy DeVasier of Vancouver, Wash., Nancy Leahy of Yakima, Wash., Linda Holden (Chris Foster) and Pamela Colton (William) all of Lake Oswego; nine grandchildren: Mark Fries, Pat Leahy, Ryan Leahy, Regan Leahy Boye, Tygh Colton, Kelly Colton Vlach, Angie Colton McKay, Matt Foster, Mark Foster; 14 great-grandchildren; niece Monica Honegger, nephew Ted Holden, and devoted foreign exchange student daughter Cecilia Gullenkrok of Sweden.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, E d w a r d L. Holden, who p a s s e d away in 2001, and s o n s - i n -law Daniel DeVasier (2014) and Jim Leahy (2017).
A memorial service will be held Monday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego.
Clothing of pink, floral or golf attire would honor Jackie.
A heartfelt thank you is extended by the Holden family to Jackie Holden's caretakers who maintained a vigil on her health this year: Dr. Paul Tsang, Dr. Kenneth Martin, the Legacy Hospital Hospice and the beautiful Summerfield Community.
Contributions in memory of Jacquelin "Jackie" Holden can be made to Friends of the Vista House, P.O. Box 204, Corbett, OR 97019 or to the Girls Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington at 9620 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR, 97219, US.