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Jacqueline A. Dailey


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Jacqueline A. Dailey Obituary
February 5, 1931 - November 21, 2016 Jacqueline Ann Dailey, loving wife of Ambassador Peter H. Dailey, devoted and adoring mother of Michael Ann Ewing (Jim), Sydney Jean Dailey, Peter H. Dailey Jr., Elizabeth 'Biz' Dailey (Scott Allen), Patricia Dailey Hayes (Richard) and treasured grandmother, known as "Duckie," of Christopher Ewing, Peter Davis Dailey, and Kathleen, Jack and Margaret Hayes, a deeply admired aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and a beloved, fun confidante to many friends, passed away peacefully on November 21 in her home in Pasadena with her children and husband at her side. As with all things involving Jacqueline (Jackie), her passing, in addition to tears, was marked by warmth, love and constant laughter. Jackie was born the youngest of three children in Long Beach, CA to Jack and Elizabeth Biggerstaff. Her older brothers are the late Honorable Ralph Biggerstaff and Kenneth Biggerstaff. She is a proud graduate of Compton High School and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she pledged Alpha Gamma Delta. Jackie was a spectacular hostess and, while her husband served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1981 - 1983, made every visitor to the Ambassador's Residence in Dublin's Phoenix Park feel like it was their home. Upon their return to the U.S, she and Peter lived in New York City from 1983-1985 before returning to California. They celebrated 63 years of marriage on October 10, 2016. Jackie was a gracious, loving and generous woman with a delightfully wicked sense of humor and an unparalleled zest for life. She never saw a bridge foursome that she didn't want to join, a party she didn't want to attend, or a bottle of Pinot Noir she wouldn't happily share. Jackie truly celebrated life, and her family and friends feel so lucky to have been invited to the festivities. We will work tirelessly to keep her party going until we all meet again. Jackie also was active in her community as a longtime member of the Christ Child Society of Pasadena; Visionaries Auxiliary; Social Service Auxiliary; Muses; Town Club, Pasadena; Las Donas of U.C.L.A.; Affiliates of U.C.L.A.; and, a parishioner of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. She also served on the Board of Directors of Mayfield Junior School. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Sisters of Social Service, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, California, 91436.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 25 to Nov. 28, 2016
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