March 10, 1936 - January 25, 2018
Jacqueline (Jackie) O'Donnell, age 81, affectionately referred to by her family as Queenie, died on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Pineville Hospital after several years of declining health.
Jackie was born on March 10, 1936 in Buffalo, New York to Henry and Dorothy (Wood) Anthony, and baptized on March 21, 1936 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.
Jackie graduated from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1957, and taught school from 1958 until 1963 at Devon Elementary School in Devon Pennsylvania.
She married James Patrick O'Donnell of Philadelphia Pennsylvania on April 9, 1960. They were blessed with four children – James Anthony, Holly Marie, Thomas Henry, and Erin Marie. Jackie and Jim lived in Wayne, Pennsylvania; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Macungie, Pennsylvania; Geneva, Illinois; Ellicott City, Maryland; Kohler, Wisconsin; and Charlotte, North Carolina. They were blessed with many good and supportive friends everywhere they lived.
Jackie is survived by her husband, her children, their spouses (Christina Matthews, James Olson, Jill Peterson, and Andrew McCullen), 13 grandchildren (Samuel, Anna, Ben and Callie O'Donnell; Tyler, Gavin, Colin and Ryce Olson; Henry and Isabel O'Donnell; and Andrew, Jack and Evan McCullen), her first cousin Diana (Dorst) Brock, her nephew Michael Anthony, her niece Karen (Anthony) Brooks and many other nieces and nephews.
Jackie was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother, William Anthony, and 2 grandchildren, Shane and Grace Olson.
Jackie devoted her life to her husband, children and grandchildren. Family and friends were also constantly in her thoughts. She accepted and took charge of her situation on the evening before she died and, with her children by her side, called all her grandchildren, some family and friends to say goodbye. She also directed her children that after her death they call others to tell them how much they meant to her.
Services will be held at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29708, starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 3rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"I met Grandma in 2015 when I flew to Charlotte for Christmas to meet the family. She was beyond thrilled to meet me and was immediately waiting with open arms. I remember one of the first things she said to me was "Just call me Grandma" and so I did and that's what she became to me from that day forward. I gained a new grandma... I gained a new fabulous, strong, incredible woman in my life that had the biggest heart I have ever witnessed. I may have only known her for a short period of time, but it was long enough to touch my heart." ~ Emily Romeiser
"My grandmother is the silk from which my family is cut; the love and wisdom that she expressed in life will continue to guide us after her death. She is immortalized through the actions of those who succeed her." ~ Gavin Olson
"There are so many memories to pick, one would be hard, but I know that as a little girl I would look forward to her Christmas cards and the annual Family Newsletter she would include. I never saw a family newsletter before and thought it to be one of the most special things I ever saw! I remember asking my mom as the December days passed if her card had arrived, and when it finally did, I would read it, over and over again, at least once a day. My aunt, uncle, and cousins lived very far away from me, as I was in Philly and they in Chicago. But, it was because of her letter that I felt close to them, like I knew them, and couldn't wait to hear how their year had gone! I remember cherishing the way she spoke of each of child so proudly and with so much love! I promised myself that when I was grown, with a family of my own, I would do this for them. My first newsletter went out in December of 1997 and one husband and three kids later, I have sent one every year since! Ironically, I have yet to send one this year, and wasn't sure I even should, now that we are almost through January! But, her passing and this entry is helping me remember WHY I started that tradition and I know she would not want me to stop. I will cherish my Aunt Jackie forever and will share with my kids as much as I can about her, my time with her, and how much she loved and was loved!" ~ Chrissie Rush (Thompson)
"I had the privilege of knowing my Grandma for all of my 25 years. She was kind and thoughtful. Sharp and witty. Stern when it was called for and resourceful when she needed to be. She liked action movies and peanut brittle. She devoted herself wholly to friends and family. Looking back as an adult, I see her as a whole person who reached out and inspired faith, love, and happiness in everything she did.
My most cherished memories come from the road trip with her to Maine, the Christmases at her house in Kohler, and the summers spent with her in Elicott City. She taught me that fmaily is more than just being related, it's being together and unconditional.
She and Papa have been involved in every major milestone of my life, and I want her to know how grateful I am for all that she's done and sacrificed for us. I want her to know how prroud I am of her, and how honored and humbled I am to have known her.
I love you, Grandma. And I promise I will make good choices. Always." ~ Tyler Olson