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Jacqueline McMahan

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Jacqueline McMahan Obituary
November 19, 1924 - January 13, 2017 Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother ,loyal friend, rose grower, miniaturist and lifelong beautiful girl died on January 13th at her home overlooking the Pacific in Santa Barbara. Jackie (Granny) leaves behind 5 daughters, 12 grandchildren , and 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Mark, in 2010, her husband, Jay, in 2011, by two granddaughters, Lauren and Carlee McLaughlin, and by her three sisters. Jackie was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 19th, 1924. She was the second daughter of Josephine Strode Logan-Jones and Carlisle Logan-Jones. She moved with her parents to Los Angeles in 1928 after the death of her older sister, Adelia. Jackie grew up in Hancock Park, attended Berkeley Hall School, LA High School, Westlake School for Girls and USC. Jay and Jackie fell in love in high school and married when they were 19 and 17. Over the next 13 years they had six children: Bonnie, Christine, Melinda, Cynthia, Mark and Jamie. They shared a great love of animals and over their lifetime owned countless, St. Bernards, Pekinese, Pugs,mutts, cats, ponies and horses. They travelled extensively with their children and passed on a love of travel to them all. In 1955 Jackie and Jay packed up their children, their Ford station wagon and moved to Europe for a year -an incredible undertaking at that time. Jackie was creative, organized, fun loving and a lifetime friend. She loved entertaining, loved young children, loved babies of all species. When Jackie was 41 she became a grandmother for the first time and launched the first of her "Grandmother Parties". These magical afternoons were held in the garden of her Brentwood home. They became an annual event and made grandma wannabees of her many friends. Jackie was the chronicler of our family. She photographed and filled album after album of every child from birth to adulthood. The McMahan Christmas card was quite legendary, with thousands mailed every December. Jackie was a born leader. She was a Girl Scout leader, Head of the Junior League Provisionals, and leader of the McMahan clan. In 1986 she was honored as one of the four "Outstanding Sustainers" in the Junior League for the launching of her Center for Educational Therapy which benefited Autistic children. Jackie had a deep love for dolls and miniatures and in 1984 she opened Angels' Attic with her dear friend and partner, Eleanor LaVove. Angels' Attic is a doll and miniature museum in Santa Monica which holds an extensive collection. It also benefits Autism. Jackie and Jay were members of Rio Blanco Ranch in Colorado, Los Angeles Country Club, The Beach Club and The Valley Club in Montecito . They loved spending time with their family and having their children and grandchildren around them. Jackie's grace, strength, energy and intelligence defined her relationship to the world, and her warmth, humor and kind nature bonded her with her children. She will be very missed. In lieu of flowers please donate to Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103 or St. Jude's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Dr., Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2017
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