It is with overwhelming sadness that we tell you that Jackie left us Monday, February 12. She left quietly and peacefully at home in Waterloo, ON after enduring a standoff with metastatic breast cancer that after a nine-year hiatus aggressively took up residence throughout her bones. Regardless she left us with the same courage and dignity that was so characteristic of her in life. Her Christian faith was deep – and she worked hard to walk the talk.
She leaves behind many who shared her love including her husband of 55+ years Gary Waller, Waterloo, ON; son James Waller and wife Jocelyne, Philadelphia, PA; daughter Amy Waller Prince with husband Robbie and daughters Abigail and Adeline, Edwardsville, IL; brother Gilbert Scott and wife Martha, Winter Haven, FL; brother-in-law Bob Waller and wife Mila, Lake Charles, LA; and sister-in-law Gail Waller, Pasco, WA; by nieces and nephews Anna, Debra, John, Brandi, Blake, Enid and Chase and great nieces and nephews cousins and friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Lester Walborn Scott and Wanda Rita Hall Scott, two younger brothers, Richard and Daniel Scott, and by much loved grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, especially Alva, Fern and Carlos.
Jackie graduated from Gulfport High in Gulfport, MS. Her post-secondary education at the University of Southern Mississippi included specialties in music and English literature. She subsequently pursued intensive study in anthropology and art history. After an early career as a teacher in public schools in Alabama and Tennessee and a period of “putting hubby through” she took “very early retirement” from outside employment and devoted her time to raising two wonderful children, to playing the French Horn in the local community orchestra and other ensembles, to growing beautiful flowers, to cooking delicious meals, to dabbling from time to time with her brushes and paints, and to reading voraciously in an extensive variety of areas – biography, history, politics, religion, natural science, anthropology, archeology, art history and the list goes on. She was so knowledgeable about so much.
On March 9 at 1:00 p.m. there will be a visitation period followed by a brief chapel service at Stricklin-King Funeral Home at 718 Calhoun Avenue in Yazoo City, MS. Following the chapel service burial will take place in the cemetery at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church near Yazoo City. Friends are invited to have dinner and visit with the family at 5:00 at Stub’s, 1902 Jerry Clower Blvd.
Donations in remembrance of Jackie can be made to the K-W Community Orchestra, to the K-W Symphony, or to the Music Department at Conred Grebel University College, or to the instrumental performance bursary fund in the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi. We are forever grateful to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, to the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network, to Hospice of Waterloo Region and to the staff of CarePartners for their support to Jackie and to the family during her final journey, especially to Dr. Yew, to Mary, to Donna and to Melissa.