Obituary of Jacqueline Hope Heath
Colonie - Jacqueline “Hope” Heath, 96, passed away peacefully December 13, 2019 surrounded by her devoted daughters at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital. She was born in Orangeburg, SC in 1923, and made her way North to settle and marry in Redhook, NY. Finally putting down roots to raise her family in Albany, NY.
Hope’s early years were spent as a homemaker, raising her girls. She then entered the work force as the Drapery Manager at JCPenney, in Latham. After retiring; she became, and was always the heart of the family. Her priority in life was family first, attending every celebration with a smile. Hope had a deep devotion of faith in her church, where she was an active member for over forty years. She was also a lifetime member of the SRLFD Ladies’ Auxiliary. Her favorite pastimes include; reading, puzzles, walking, and bowling. Hope was a very skilled quilter, which she gifted to many over the years. Most of all she savored making memories with friends and family on The Great Sacanadaga Lake, in the home she built with her husband for all future generations to enjoy. She made forever memories for everyone throughout her lifetime.
She was predeceased by; her parents, Daisy and Fletcher Simpson, her husband of 44 years Walter, her siblings Reid, Winston, Kenneth and Daisy, and a Great-Grandson. Left to cherish her memories are her three daughters; Sherry (Jim) Sollis, Connie McCaffrey, and Bonnie (Joe Pompei) Kowalski, Six loving grandchildren, Sixteen great-grandchildren, Three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, Colonie. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home In Lieu of flowers; donations can be made to the Newtonville United Methodist Church, 568 New Loudon Road, Latham NY 12110.