Jackie Ann Holcombe Gillings, 68, left this earth way too early on Friday, May 19, 2023. She was in her happy place, beside her guy, with their suitcases packed for her next adventure. She just decided to take it alone.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, on December 17, 1954, Jackie was the daughter of Teddy and Bonnie (Sims) Holcombe and was the ever-guiding, big sister of Jill. Jackie graduated from Battle Creek’s Lakeview High School in 1973. She met the love of her life, Gary Gillings, while they attended Western Michigan University. She continued to root for her Broncos as loud as she could in a family of Michigan State Spartan fans.
Gary and Jackie married at the Michigan State chapel and spent their life together, living as close to the beaches as Jackie could get. Gaylord, Union Pier, and Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Punta Gorda, Florida, were just a few of her favorite places.
Jackie had a lifelong dedication to her early elementary, special education, students. She enjoyed traveling with her family, sitting on a beach, anywhere, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and doing all kinds of craft projects.
Left to cherish Jackie’s memory is her partner of almost 50 years, Gary; mother-in-law, Bernadine Gillings; sister, Jill (Ron) Coss; brother-in-law, Donald (Jan) Gillings; sister-in-law, Deonna Gillings Montei; aunt (and big sister) Carolyn (Tommy) Hacker; aunt, Ida (Tim) Morello; nieces, Heather (Rob) Montei, Sarah (Jim) Parker, Erin (Seth) Stanton, and Alison (Christopher) Witherspoon; nephews, Nicholas (Peggy) Montei, Evan (Britni) Coss, and Cory Coss; plus great-nephews, Landen Montei, Alexander Colosky, Grant Witherspoon, and Hendrix Coss; great-nieces, Zoe Montei, Marie Stanton, and Sylvie Stanton; cousin, Jodie O’Hare; and numerous adopted nieces, nephews, and special family friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted, and Bonnie; father-in-law, Lyle Gillings; brothers-in-law, Lyle Brett Gillings and Randy Montei; sisters-in-law, LaRae Munk and Karla Gillings; and great-nephew, JaedenColosky.
Jackie’s family will visit with friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the Michaywe Clubhouse in Gaylord, Michigan. A Celebration of Life will take place at 3:00 p.m., with dinner to follow.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI, 49734.