Jacqueline Carothers Bristowe, 85, of Stockton, Calif., passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2012.
She was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska, on July 10, 1927, to Dr. Paul Henry Jacob Carothers and Maybelle (Chase) Carothers. Jackie attended local schools and left home to attend the University of Nebraska in 1945.
She married Henry F. Bristowe of Broken Bow in 1947, and lived in Omaha until 1950 when the couple moved to California. Continuing her education at the University of Pacific, Jackie received her teaching credential and Master's Degree. She taught elementary school in Stockton Unified School District for many years.
In 1978 she became a specialist for the Civil Rights Act Project focusing on the implementation of Title IX. Jackie's passion and focus on advancing opportunities for young women earned her the Susan B. Anthony Award in 1983.
She cared deeply about women's issues and gave her time and support to the Women's Center of San Joaquin County, NOW and Planned Parenthood. Jackie was a member of several honorary and professional organizations during her working years.
Jackie had a life-long love of classical music, and she was also an accomplished pianist. After retirement she regularly enrolled in music courses at UOP and Delta College, read avidly, traveled extensively to experience world cultures, and volunteered as a Fine Arts Docent at local schools.
Throughout her life, Jackie created beautiful and comfortable homes for her family, and loved spending time and sharing experiences with them.
Jackie is survived by her loving daughters, Libby Peterson (Greg) of Martinez, Calif., and Polly Fisher (Dave) of Acampo, Calif., her grandsons, Dan Fisher, Tom Fisher and James Fisher, and her brother, Paul Hiram John Carothers, of Broken Bow.
She was preceded in death by her five sisters: Nadine Buer, Maureen Stevens, Lenore VanSant, Joan Keays and Mary Carothers.
Burial services will be held in Broken Bow over the Memorial Day Weekend next May.
As Jackie spent decades supporting research into Restless Leg Syndrome, memorials in her name may be made to the RLS Foundation, 1530 Greenview Drive SW, Suite 210, Rochester, MN 55902, or through their website www.rls.org .
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 18, 2012