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Jacquelyn Ronaldson Waters

September 1, 1938 December 17, 2018
Jacquelyn Ronaldson Waters
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Jacquelyn Ronaldson Waters, 80, passed away peacefully on December 17th , 2018. Jacquelyn was born on September 1, 1938 in Middletown NJ. She was the Daughter of the late James and Grace Ronaldson. Jacquelyn became a registered nurse while studying and training at St.Luke’s Hospital in NYC. Around this time she was introduced to Dean Waters, a Yale undergrad, who would become the love of her life. Jackie’s life adventure started after eloping in New York City with Dean and then moving to North Carolina for Dean’s graduate school program. They finally settled in Oak Ridge, TN for Dean’s career and to raise their family.

Jackie was passionate about helping people. All it took was one phone call and she would be there to help family and friends, and those in need. She loved to cook and entertain friends but most of all, she was extremely passionate about animals. There was hardly a trip to Concord Yacht Club or Pawley’s Island, SC, without her rescuing a dog or cat and placing it in a good home. Jackie volunteered for the Oak Ridge Humane Society and other various rescue programs. She went on many missions, sometimes accompanied by the police, to rescue dogs and cats living in abusive environments. In addition to rescuing animals, she raised, bred and groomed her own Standard Poodles. Our home was always a temporary shelter for all the animals she rescued.

After raising her three children, she went back into nursing at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. She worked in the Cancer ward for several years.

Jacquelyn passed from this world knowing Jesus Christ is her savior. She is survived by two of her children. Her daughter Heather Turner lives in Knoxville, TN, with her husband Mark and their daughter Lexi. Her son Geoffrey Waters lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife Deborah and their sons Ryan and Jack. She was predeceased by her husband Dean Waters, parents James and Grace Ronaldson, and her first son, Christopher Stuart Waters.

Services will be held on January 4th in Oak Ridge, TN at St Mary’s Chapel at 2 pm. The address is 327 Vermont Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Family will receive friends before the service beginning at 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Anderson County/Oak Ridge Humane Society. Online donations can be made at https://www.andersoncohumane.org/donate/


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Visitation

Friday

4

Jan

1:30 PM 1/4/2019 1:30:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic

327 Vermont Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

St. Mary's Catholic
327 Vermont Ave Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Service

Friday

4

Jan

2:00 PM 1/4/2019 2:00:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic

327 Vermont Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

St. Mary's Catholic
327 Vermont Ave Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States
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