Jacqueline Joyce Thompson

Dec 29, 1926 - Mar 16, 2017


In Loving Memory of

THOMPSON, Jacqueline Joyce

Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother, born December 29, 1926, passed away in Sacramento, California on March 16, 2017, at the age of 90 years. Jacqueline was born in Norfolk, Virginia, to George Stelts and Thelma Pallett. As a child in school, teachers would frequently ask Jacqueline to go into their classes and tap-dance for their students, mostly in 1st and 2nd grade classes. She tap-danced in all the school plays, and her grandmother made all her costumes. She was proud to have been president of her junior-high class. Jacqueline was gifted with a beautiful singing voice, and as a teenager, she sang on a radio program called The Joe Brown Radio Show, in Norfolk. Jacqueline was the secretary of the program, and one of her duties was to clear the songs for the show due to copyrights. A singer named Dorothy Keely, who later became well-known as a singer and actress by the name of Keely Smith, also sang on the Joe Brown Radio Show. Jacqueline knew her as Dot, since they were schoolmates and co-performers on this program. During World War II, Jacqueline sang and danced with the U.S.O., traveling distances to perform on the Naval ships and Army bases to entertain the troops, always chaperoned by her grandmother. Jacqueline taught kindergarten Sunday school classes, and saw to it that her family attended church every Sunday. Jacqueline was married to Clifton Barnhill Thompson, Jr. for 62 years before his passing in May, 2006. She and Clifton, known as “Tommy”, had four children, Barry Clifton, Dana Joyce, Kent Stewart, and Joel Ralph, three of whom survive Jacqueline. Dana passed away in February, 2004. Jacqueline leaves 9 grandchildren, Jacquie, Carrie, Drake, Erika, Karina, Clifton III, Kent II, Lana, and Ella, as well as 15 great-grandchildren, that include Brooke, Parrish, Erin, James, Jon, Cody, Cameron, Brendan, Grace, Noah, Sam, Addelyne, and Elijah. Jacqueline also leaves 4 great-great-grandchildren. Jacqueline possessed a calm, gentle, and steady yet indomitable inner strength. She met any challenge life presented, and won. She lived during a time in our country that is sometimes referred to as the “greatest generation”, and Jacqueline exemplified all the virtuous qualities of that amazing generation. Jacqueline’s greatest pride and devotion was her children and family. There was never a better mother. What a gift she was to us. She gave her all to see that her children were loved, instructed, cared-for, and protected. She gave her heart and soul to her family, trying to raise her 4 children with guidance in the right direction. Jacqueline loved her home, and loved our family gatherings. We all carry within us her devoted love and character. Mother, we cherish all you gave us while you were here on earth, and we will cherish the multitude of memories we have of you and our times together. Thank you for all you did for us. Our dear mother, we love you with all our hearts, and will forever. A service of memorial, honoring the life of this wonderful woman and celebrating her departure into the comforting arms of our Lord, will be held at Sierra Hills East Lawn Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, California, 95841, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 1:00 pm.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


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