AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Jacqulyn Bennett Baker, 67, beloved wife, mother, and sister, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 after a brief illness. Jackie was born in Oakdale, Louisiana and moved to Palatka, Florida before her first birthday. She graduated from Palatka High School in 1965 and attended St. Johns River Community College. Jackie moved to the Augusta area in 1998 with her husband, Dr. Philip S. Baker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred J. and Clyde F. Bennett and her sister Judith Bennett Maltby. Her family includes her husband, Dr. Philip S. Baker, her beloved son, Brett Matthew Hipsley, sister Diana Bennett Duva and brother-in-law Anthony W. Duva, brother Reverend William M. Bennett and sister-in-law Molly Bennett, brother-in-law Dr. Joe Maltby, sister-in-law Barbara Schneider and mother-in-law Margaret Baker, nephews Brian J. Duva (and his wife Ingrid), A. Tysen Duva (and his wife Julie) and Forrest Richardson (and his wife Kara), nieces Melissa Maltby D Orazio (and her husband Dan), and Jenifer Bennett Scariano (and her husband George), grand-nephews Andrew Bennett Duva, Tysen Jacob Duva, Gavin Andrew Duva, Zachary Savell, Alex Richardson, Zachary Scariano, Evan Scariano and grand-nieces Elena Cate Duva, Caroline Torie Duva, Emma Savell and Laney Richardson. Jackie showed her many talents and caring Christian nature in her work as a Sunday School teacher, a teaching assistant in the Alachua County school system, as manager of a dental hygiene teaching clinic, and most recently as a highly successful realtor until her recent retirement. As a realtor, Jackie served on a number of GAAR Committees and won several GAAR Awards. She also received numerous awards from Prudential, including Honor Society, Leading Edge Society, President's Circle- Copper, Silver and Gold, Silver Level for the Million Dollar Circle, and Golden Achievement Award. She also earned multiple Sales of the Month and Listings of the Month Awards during her career in real estate. In high school, Jackie was captain of the varsity cheerleading team at Palatka High School and voted Best School Spirit her senior year. She was also a Gator Getter in 1966 assisting the University of Florida in its recruiting efforts for football. Jackie was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, as well as the Chapter Advisor to the Gamma Omicron chapter at University of Florida. Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Warren Baptist Church with Dr. David McKinley officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Palatka, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in her name to the Rodeheaver Boy's Ranch in Palatka, FL (http://rbr.org or 386-328-1281).
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2014