I didn't really know Jackie that well until we were in high school. She was from a large family, and I knew her sister, Laverne, better as she and I were in the same grade. Jackie was a year older. My boyfriend and Jackie's boyfriend, Andrew, were good friends with each other, though, so the four of us would sometimes hang out.
She was sweet and sort of quiet back then. She doted on her boyfriend, and never seemed to have anything bad to say about anyone. She was mature and responsible for her age. I think growing up in a large family often does that.We grew up and moved on, left those boyfriends behind. Jackie and I reconnected several years ago through facebook, and I was impressed by her travel adventures and her good looking, successful family. I always knew she'd be a good wife, mom, aunt, grandma... such a large family! She earned accolades through her many years of government work as well.