Mrs. Jacqueline “Jackie” Ann Britton, 73, of Hazlehurst, passed away Oct. 4 with her husband of 56 years Walter and her eldest daughter Angie by her side.
She was born Oct. 16, 1946, Jaqueline Ann Childs to parents Jack and Cleo Childs in West Palm Beach, Fla. Jackie and Walter were high school sweethearts who married in June, 1964, at which time Jackie settled into motherhood raising their three children in Delray Beach, Fla. In September, 1983, Jackie and Walter moved from Florida to Lilburn. In August, 1985, Jackie, then 36 years old, decided to go back to school and she took the GED and was awarded her high school diploma in September, 1985, from Gwinnett Area Tech in Lawrenceville. Jackie enrolled at DeKalb Community College in Clarkston in their Honors Program “night school” while still taking care of her family and working part-time, with her studies for a degree in the nursing field. Jackie graduated in 1988 from Gwinnett Area Tech with a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing. Jackie then obtained her LPN License and worked as a charge nurse at Snellville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Snellville, where she remained until September, 1998, at which time she and Walter purchased Jackie’s Grannie’s (Emma Bell Ellis) farm home in Hazlehurst that Jackie loved so dearly because that is where she spent so many of her childhood years wrapped in her Grannie’s love. The things that made Jackie happiest were her family, being with family at Thanksgiving, living at “The Old Family Farm” and writing poetry.
Jackie is survived by her husband Walter R. Britton of Hazlehurst; daughters Angela “Angie” Britton of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Amy Roussert (Dwight) of Hazlehurst; son Jason Britton (Heather) of Hiram; sisters Gloria Switzer (Ray) of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Elaine Moorman (Craig) of Lake City, Fla.; brother Jack “Tony” Childs (Randi) of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Alex, Bree, Nathan, Riley and Chloe; and great-grandchild Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her father Jack Alexander Childs and her mother Cleo Elmyra Ellis Childs Hyden. Celebrations of life will be ongoing. Feel free to join in thoughts and prayers of love and joy for this amazing woman. Happy trails, Mom, until we meet again.