Sweet Jackie passed into eternal rest in May of this year.
Born October 7, 1949, Jacqueline Louise Lamer (known as Jay and Jackie to her friends and family) grew up in Hays, Kansas. Her father, Stanley “Willy” Lamer owned the Lamer Hotel, the tallest building in Hays and a throwback to the good old days of bell hops and dumbwaiters. As a child, Jay spent summers riding her horse Cookie and winters skating on frozen cow ponds. She loved growing up in Hays, and enjoyed making many great friendships which she treasured for the rest of her life.
In 1966 her father sold the hotel and the family relocated to Walnut Creek, California. Jackie attended Pleasant Hill High School where her friendly and outgoing nature quickly garnered her new friendships. There she excelled in English and Journalism and joined the Debate Team. A lifelong lover of music and song, she continued her classical piano training and performed at the Mormon Tabernacle as a member of a folk trio.
Following graduation from high school she attended UC Santa Barbara. In 1968 she met Doug Lockwood, the love of her life, while waiting in line for burgers. They instantly felt a connection, and had their first date in the music department of the university, where they played piano for each other. They married in 1971, and over the years have lived in Santa Barbara, Marin County, Davis and Ben Lomond. Throughout it all, Jackie pursued her artistic and literary passions, which included scientific illustration, painting, set design, writing poetry and children’s books, singing and teaching art in elementary schools. Her scientific and botanical illustrations were included in over 30 textbooks and publications, and her artwork has appeared in books, including the covers of Unicorns Are Real: A Right Brained Approach To Learning and Mothers and Daughters of Invention, in local exhibitions and has been enjoyed by friends, family and the community at large. She lived every day as an artist, always learning new materials, making experimental mixed media art, and venturing from fine technical illustrations to large scale impressionistic paintings. Jackie was also an accomplished pianist and loved playing Chopin, Bach, Mozart and Broadway show tunes. Her singing and musical arranging talents eventually led her to one of her greatest passions of all, the Santa Cruz Senior Follies. She began behind the scenes as a costume and set designer, but quickly found her place in the spotlight with this performing arts group. Over the course of ten years Jackie became an integral part of the Follies family. This came as no surprise to those who knew and loved her. Jackie was born to be a star.
Jackie always said “to have a friend, you have to be a friend”, and that was the way she lived her life. She was an Elf at heart in rose colored glasses, spreading her sense of wonder like seeds in a technicolor garden of her own making. Her greatest joy was always her family, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Whether through art, music, teaching, or gardening, Jackie spread beauty wherever she went. She believed in sharing warmth, love and light every day, shining bright, living out loud, and enjoying the ride. Creativity and love were at the heart of all that she did, and these legacies live on in her children and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Doug, her daughters Sarah, Laura, Mary, and Janet, her grandchildren Sebastian, Eleanor and Helena, and her great grandchildren by Sebastian; Theodore, Ryder and Stella. May she rest in peace.
A Celebration of Life for Jackie will be held at 1pm on September 21st of this year at the Market Street Theater, 222 Market Street in Santa Cruz, California. A celebration will also be scheduled in Hays, Kansas in October. Contributions in Jackie’s memory are welcome and can be made to Senior Citizens’ Opportunities, 222 Market Street. Santa Cruz 95060. Please contact Doug Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (831) 915-9563 for updates, to RSVP, and to share stories of her wonderful life.