Jackie Quillen, age 80, and resident of Columbia, went to her heavenly home on Friday, December 22, 2023.
A visitation for Jackie will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service 2:00 p.m. at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home with Reverend Chris Bowhay officiating. Following the service, she will be laid to rest at Polk Memorial Gardens. Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Born in Washington DC on September 26, 1943, Jackie grew up in Northern Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Colonel Orren Lee and the late Winnie Witten Jones.
Jackie graduated from Fairfax High School in 1961 where she was a majorette all 4 years, a member of the concert band and Sweetheart Queen. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi National Sorority, the Kentucky Babes Drill Team and was an Air Force ROTC Sponsor. She has 2 advanced Degrees in Education from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mrs. Quillen taught school for 16 years in Memphis, Tennessee and at all the High Schools in Marshall County, Tennessee. She also taught part time at Columbia State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University as an adjunct Professor. While in Columbia, Jackie was a member and board member of the James K. Polk Memorial Association and The Volunteer Garden Club. She is a founding member and officer of Middle Tennessee Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association. She enjoyed volunteering at McDowell and Riverside Elementary for several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia.
Those who knew Jackie best will remember her as a kind and generous soul. Jackie was a vibrant and sociable individual who loved engaging in conversation, spending time with family and friends and giving back to the community. Jackie will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her warm heart, lively spirit and loving presence will forever be remembered.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Donald Wayne Quillen and her two children, J. Logan Barrier of Denver, Colorado and Lindsay Witten Barrier of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Also, by stepson Phillip (Megan) Quillen of Hampshire, Tennessee and step-grandchildren, Olivia H. Quillen and Liam H. Quillen.
Honorary Pallbearers are Linda Norton, Ginger Moon, Sandy Baker, Ina Faye Barrier, Sue Ganser, Jackie Parkerson, Ceci Williams. Connie Hardin, Nancy Ferral, and Martha Jones. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the James K. Polk Memorial Association, or Riverside Elementary School for teacher’s use.
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