Jacquelyne (Jacky) Louise Donaldson, Adams
April 05, 1932 - July 28, 2017
Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 8/3/2017
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Service 8/3/2017
First Congregational Church

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Jacquelyne (Jacky) Louise Donaldson, Adams April 5,1932-July 28,2017

Jacky was born in Maryville, Missouri but during the war years lived in both Narragansett, Rhode Island and Richmond, California where her father was stationed with the Navy and her mother worked for the Kaiser-Richmond Shipyard where the Red Oak Victory ship was built. She graduated from Maryville High School in 1950, then attended Cottey College before returning to Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) where she completed her degree in French and Fine Arts. This is also where she met her husband, Lynn, while doing the play “Noah.” She married Lynn on May 29, 1953 and then joined him at Ft. Benning, GA during the Korean War. She completed a second degree in Education from NWMSU in 1958 and then spent most of her career teaching at various school districts to include Villisca, Shenandoah and St. Albert’s, while also teaching adult classes at Iowa Western and Southwestern Community Colleges as an adjunct professor. During this time she was recognized as one of twelve of Iowa’s outstanding teachers by the Iowa State Education Association and lectured around the state in the Iowa Mobile In-Service Training Lab.

Always interested in Speech and Drama she organized community theatre groups in Villisca and Red Oak and acted or directed shows in Red Oak, Shenandoah, Glenwood, Tarkio Mule Barn Theatre and Iowa Western. In 1978 she received a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she took part in many productions there and at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

In her later years, she became intensely involved with arts and historic preservation at a local and state level developing such local events like the Heritage Hill Tour, the Touchstone Arts Council, Theatre Off the Square and others. Her work on nominations helped to place such buildings as the Murphy Calendar Company, Firehouse Restaurant, Burlington-Northern Depot (which was saved from demolition) and the Grant Commercial Historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Her other work to preserve the local architectural heritage of Red Oak have included the Coolbaugh St. properties now home to the Green Valley AEA and the homes of Daric and Jill O’Neal and Sue Ann and Dale French. Over the years many of these projects required grants or expenditures out of her own pocket to preserve. A prolific grant writer, Jacky was able to secure thousands of dollars for projects all throughout Montgomery County. One grant in particular made the renovation and restoration of the fountain in Fountain Square Park possible and her work to save the Burlington-Northern Depot was her proudest accomplishment.

At the state level, Jacky was on the Friends of Iowa Public Television board for fourteen years, served two terms as a Governor’s appointee to the State Historical Society board of trustees, was vice-chair of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, and was active with the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Humanities Board. Some of her many honors included the Loren Horton Lifetime Achievement Award for preservation, Governor’s Volunteer Award, David E. Archie Preservation Award, Best Preservation Award for Small Public Buildings (the depot) and Iowan for a Day at the Iowa State Fair (pictured).

Jacky is survived by her husband of 64 years, F. Lynn Adams; sons, Steve (Lynn) of Red Oak, Jack (Frederique) of Jablines, France and daughter Shelley of Minneapolis, MN.; grandchildren Clayton, Ben and Allison Adams of Red Oak, Myles and Floyd Adams of Jablines, France, Wren and Ames Adams-Jones of Minneapolis, MN and great grandson, Jack Riley Adams of Lincoln, NE.; sister, Pat (Al) Turner of Maryville, MO.; sister’s-in-law Pat Maher of Red Oak and Roberta Bergus of Yuma, AZ., as well as many nieces, nephews and friends, She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ruth Donaldson and sister, Elvalee Swift.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Don Morgan officiating. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Save Our Depot fund. Nelson Boylan LeRette Funeral Chapel are in charge of arrangements.


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