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Jackie Root (Jacqueline Irene Phillips), suffered a severe accident at her home in Fair Oaks and passed away on July 22, 2008, on the third annversary to the day of the passing of her dear husband of 50 years, Richard E. Root, Sr., a retired Sacto County Deputy Sheriff.

She is survived by her son, Richard E. Root, Jr. (Crystal); daughters, Kathleen Lodermeier (Dan), and Deborah Briggs (Don); grandchildren, Cheri Rockwell (Wayne), Zachary, Bobbie, David, Jennifer, and Sharon; four great-grandchildren, Jadden, Ethan, Bryson, and Tyler; brother, James H. "Jim" Phillips, III, and John C. Phillips (Brenda); cousin, Darrell Phillips (Patti), and Jackie's border collie pal, Jiggs.

Born in Oakland CA, on May 18, 1933, a descendant of early California pioneers in Tuolumne County to James H. "Jim" Phillips, Sr. and Irene Castle Phillips, two loving parents who influenced and supported her in many positive ways, especially in her interest in horses and dogs. Her dad was an attorney, former Assemblyman, cattle rancher, community leader, president of the Sacramento Riding Club, California State Horseman's Assoc. and leader of the Sacto County Sheriffs Mounted Posse Drill Team. Her mother was a very highly respected teacher, counselor, international dog show judge, dog breeder and author for over 50 years. With this heritage, Jackie, at the age of three, rode horses at a family ranch in Groveland, CA, and from that time on, besides family, horses were her primary interest. In 1949, at the age of 16, she became the Calif. State Champion All Around Girl Horse back rider and continued riding until injuries interfered. She then switched to her next interest, the world of dogs. Jackie became a licensed judge for obedience shows, raised Siberian Huskies, trained them for therapy dogs and conducted classes for over 20 years at Fair Oaks Park, teaching people to train their dogs for obedience.

Jackie graduated from Grant Union High, class of Œ51, was on the boys swimming team coached by Sherm Shavor, had a high school band, helped her dad run the ranch, graduated from Sac State in 1955, and taught P.E.

She was a loving wife, mother and sister, a friend to many, an energetic and ambitiious woman who had a hard time saying no to her own advancing limitations. In the last couple of years, she developed a strong interest in returning to the family's Groveland and Yosemite heritage and participating in activities of the Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society (SCTHS).
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 31, 2008
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