Jacqueline M. Deacon (Jackie) died at her Anchorage home Oct. 6, 2014. She was 79.
She was married to Mervin Jerry Deacon (pre-deceased 1993) in 1956 in Seattle. They had seven children: Michael Orton, currently of New Hampshire; Linda Edith Johanknecht of Anchorage, Alaska; Lori Martha Deacon of Home; Lisa Marie Floberg of Burley; David Ernest of Lakebay; Mark Allen (who passed in 2010); and the youngest son, Anthony Joseph of Willow, Alaska.
Deacon was born on March 18, 1935 in Iron Mountain, Mich., but spent most of her early life in Seattle –– where she eventually met her future husband (Jerry) while working at Boeing as a data entry clerk.
The family moved to Ridgefield, Wash. in 1962 but returned to the Puget Sound area in 1965. They bought a small, rural farm on the Key Peninsula in 1966, and the property is still in the family today.
Deacon moved to Anchorage in 1977 to help her sister Emaline Swank. She retired in 1987, and enjoyed traveling all over the world.
She is survived by her sister Emaline, six of her seven children, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
No funeral will be held but a celebration of her life will take place at the family farm in the summer of 2015. She was very much loved by friends and family all over the world, and will be missed.