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Church Born in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas on August 16, 1921 - died November 18, 2013. Her parents were Marvin Barckley Foster and Clora Griffin Foster. Her family moved to Denton, Denton County, Texas at the age of four. She graduated from Denton Demonstration High School, and attended college at Texas Women's University.
As a young woman during the war, Jackie became what is affectionately called a "Rosie the Riveter" to aid in the World War II effort. For two years she would drive 4 other women from Denton to Fort Worth to help work on aircraft being constructed for the war.
In 1944, Jackie married her high school sweetheart Herschel Byron Miller, and later had two daughters, Jacqueline F. Miller and Linda Miller Ballou. Herschel Miller died in 1962. Jackie served as an assistant to the Dean of Humanities at Rice University until retiring in 1970.
In 1968, Jackie married John B. (Jack) Church of Houston, father of Kathleen, Phyllis and Colleen Church. Jack was an avid pilot and they enjoyed many trips around the world sightseeing and playing golf. After 37 years of marriage, Jack developed a lung disease and died in 2006.
Jackie was an avid golfer and expert bridge player, and served as the Chairman and President of the Ladies Golf Association at the Lakeside Country Club in Houston. For 20 years she sponsored and held a ladies golf tournament at Horseshoe Bay Country Club in central Texas.
In her lasting desire to help others, she has donated her body to the Willed Body Donor program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. It was her hope that her gesture will help save the lives of others. There will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation in her name to the Blue Bird Circle, 615 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77006.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2013