Jacqueline Ann Bice – 1946 -2023
“Jackie” was one of those rare volunteers who became a significant member of our Maridon Family. A friend of our Founder, Mary Hulton Phillips, Jackie came on board as a member of the team of docents Mary recruited to greet and guide our visitors for the opening of the museum in 2004. She remained a docent and became a member of our Events Committee and the Maridon Board of Trustees.
Jackie always found time to help many others along the way. She was active in her church, St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran, in Saxonburg, the Saxonburg Museum, GFWC Women’s Club and other club organizations. She was dedicated to and proud of her loving family. She shared her stories and made us feel like we were part of her family too.
Jackie would arrive, gracing us with her warm smile to offer her support and assistance with all of our events from decorating for Christmas, and preparing decorations for our annual Harvest Moon Festival, to stopping in unexpectantly to join us for lunch. Sometimes she brought surprise treats for us from the “Henny Penny Acres” farmette that she shared with her husband Charlie. As we said to Charlie, we are still in disbelief. We keep expecting our front doorbell to ring and see her standing there smiling with her McDonald’s lunch ready to join in.
The good news is, we can smile at all the wonderful memories we shared and relive the joy she brought to us. She was indeed a true gift.