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Jacqueline Marguerite Allen


1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Jacqueline Marguerite Allen Obituary
Jacqueline Marguerite Allen
January 9, 1925 - June 21, 2014
Resident of Hayward
Jacqueline (Jackie) was born to Colonel A. J. Worcott & Yvonne Worcott on January 9, 1925, in Pacific Grove, CA. Jackie was the youngest of three children. Her siblings included her older sister Dollette (Worcott) Dahlloff and her older brother John Worcott. The family moved to Alameda where Jackie grew up. It was at Alameda High School where she met the love of her life, a true Prince Charming, William Ward Allen, also known as Bill. They were high school sweethearts and dated for five years.
During WWII, Bill joined the Naval Air Corps. After Bill completed extensive flight training, they became engaged. Bill was sent to the South Pacific as a carrier fighter pilot where he earned the Purple Heart and Air Medal. Jackie & Bill continued their love through romantic letters which she shared with her children & grandchildren over the years. During Bill's deployment, Jackie worked at Shell Oil Company in San Francisco starting as a receptionist and working her way up to be secretary for Purchasing and Stores Manager. After Bill's first tour of duty, they were married on March 11, 1945, at St. Joseph's Church in Alameda.
Soon after, they started their family with their first daughter, Denise, followed by John, Kathi, Barbara & Michael. They have nine grandchildren: Robert Potter, Tracey Allen, Matthew Allen, Damon Ng Allen, Erin Rohn, Ashley, Kaitlin, Michael Jr., and Cassidy. They also have been blessed with six great grandchildren: Evelyn, Robbie, Ryder Jacque´ (named specifically after Jackie, something she cherished), Saylor, Leo & Carter (twins, new arrivals).
One of Jackie's favorite stories was when they were stationed in Fallon, Nevada, where she was able to successfully fly solo, the only woman out of the group of officer's wives who took the course. Dancing was one of Jackie's early passions that grew throughout her life. She tap danced for West Coast Dancing Productions with her golf partners into her early 80's. Jackie was also a model for Dorothy's Sports Shop & for benefits at the Bay-O-Vista Swim & Tennis Club. She was very artistic & creative, often making outfits for dolls & floral arrangements to accent the various themes of her women's golf tournaments. She played golf for 25 years and was a member of the Alameda Women's Golf Club, as well as the Willow Park Women's Golf Club in Castro Valley.
Holidays were always a favorite. Jackie made everything special for her family with her artistic creations, playing out the themes of each and every holiday, especially for her grandchildren who have many fond memories of those times. Christmas at grandma's house was like walking into a winter wonderland and was the delight of all her grandchildren. Jackie also loved gardening and being with her soul mate, Bill, to whom she was married to for 69 years. Her other priority was to be with & care for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially the ones who grew up nearby.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 6:00-8:30 pm on Thursday, June 26, with a vigil at 7:00 pm at Sorensen's Chapel, 1140 'B' Street, Hayward, CA. On Friday, June 27, at 10am there will be a Funeral Mass at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA.

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Published in Inside Bay Area on June 25, 2014
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