Jacquelyn Jane “Jackie” Berkley
January 25, 1930 ~ July 22, 2014
Jacquelyn Jane “Jackie” Berkley, 84, a 13 year East Wenatchee, WA resident, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, WA, following a sudden illness. She was born on January 25, 1930, at Missouri Valley, IA to the late Drexel and Verona (Ruberg) Lewis. She was raised to the age of five in Iowa, before the family moved to Ashland, NE. Jackie was an active teenager; she played the viola in the high school orchestra, was the Drum Majorette and a cheerleader. She graduated in 1948 from Ashland High School and then continued her education at Doane College in Crete, NE, where she studied education. Jackie started her teaching career at Allenton, IA. She was married to James Ballou in 1950, and after their farmhouse in Iowa burned, they relocated to Ashland, NE. They later moved to Colorado Springs, CO briefly, before continuing on to Claremont, CA. She went to work as a Police Matron and Secretary at the Claremont Police Department.
On January 14, 1966, she was married to Robert “Bob” Berkley at Claremont, CA, where they continued to make their home. She later went to work as the Secretary for Andressen Engineering in Claremont. In 1972, they moved to Redmond, WA and later to Issaquah, WA, where they made their home. In the early 70’s, Jackie worked at Jones Associates Engineers in Bellevue as a secretary and later as a part-time Realtor. She semi-retired and they continued to make their home in Issaquah, until moving to East Wenatchee in January of 2001.
She was a member of the PEO and Order of Eastern Star of Claremont for over 50 years; National Society of Magna Charta Dames, Daughters of American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Daughters of Patriots and Founders of America, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) and the local quilting club in Wenatchee. Among her many talents and pastimes was shopping, quilting, genealogy, reading and cooking. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Carl Lewis, Eugene “Alan” Lewis and an infant brother, Timothy Carey. Jackie is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert “Bob” Berkley of East Wenatchee, WA; daughter, Cathy (Steven) Merryman of Sammamish, WA; step-children, Thomas Berkley of Lakewood, CA, Richard Berkley of Ontario, CA, and Luann (Joseph) Perrott of Fairbanks, AK; sister, Barbara Ziegenbein of Ashland, NE; and grandchildren, Angela (Jim) Schumacher of Sammamish, WA, Melinda Merryman of Sammamish, WA and Tyler Berkley of Ontario, CA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, WA. In lieu of other memorial tributes, please makes donations to either: PEO Chapter CC Scholarship Fund, American Heart Association, or Alzheimer Research, in her name. You are invited to view her online guestbook at: www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Honored to serve the family, Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.