Jacqueline Baxter, It is with the heaviest heart that we announce that Jacqueline Baxter has entered heaven on Thursday October 8th, at the age of 98.
She was born June 20, 1922 in Cranberry Lake, N.Y. to Paul and Victoria Bellanger, the 9th child of 11. She grew up speaking only French in their home, until learning English in school at 7 or 8 years old. Her grandmother on ther father’s side was 100% Cherokee, which she was very proud of.
As an early teen she and her older sister Lorraine would travel around to many talent shows for 2-3 years, winning first place often. She loved to sing, could play the organ, piano, and accordion. She taught herself the guitar in her 70’s and 80’s.
She married Ralph Zufelt at 17, which ended in divorce after 7 years. She married Charles Baxter In 1951 and would have been married 50 years had he not passed in April 2000.
She had many jobs throughout her life; cleaning houses, GE Factory (which she loved), Dept. Manager at W.T. Grants in 1969 in Mattydale. She loved keeping her house spick and span, loved a garden, birds, chipmunks, and was very happy moving out into the country in 1962. She busied herself sewing and crocheting and putting things together. She loved Lawrence Welk, word search books, playing cards, Scrabble (which she ALWAYS won), and scattergories. Her greatest and happiest job in the world, however, was housewife, Mom, and Grandma, and finally great-grandma. She was very proud of the fact she raised hundreds of dollars for the crop walks she participated in for years, walking 5 miles each time, even in to her 70’s.
She got to fly when her grandson was born early, all the way to California and back. She and her husband enjoyed going on trips to the Poconos in later years, and many trips to visit her daughter and family in different states as they were in the military. They visited PA, NJ, CA, GA, and KY. When her daughter was young they often travelled to Canada to visit relatives, and a few states visiting friends. They also in their later years enjoyed a small camp up in Osceola, NY, getting away for weeks at a time.
She was/is a treasure to her family, doing anything and everything for them, always loved by all. Always quick to lend an ear, a shoulder, give a hug. She had many lifelong friends from all over. Always made sure we had plenty, no matter what. She did so much for so many. She will be forever and deeply missed.
Predeceased by her parents, 10 siblings, all in-laws except Betty (Watertown), her 2 infant sons, James & Thomas, her 2 infant daughters, Deborah & Colleen, her 1st husband Ralph, Husband Charles, all of her closest friends including bestie, Helen & June, Son-in-law Tom Sr.
She is survived by her only child, Daughter, Rebecca of Pulaski; Grandson, Tom Jr. of Utah; Granddaughter, Tracey of Pulaski, Great Grandson Tommy III; Step-Son, Del (Cindy), Step Grandson, Steve (Lisa), “bonus” daughters, Annie & Linda; “Bonus” special grandkids, John, Mark, Chris, Tom, Brandy, Adam, Thelma and others; Special nieces, Jinny, Jane & Renee, special nephews, Steve, Paul and Alan; Other nieces, nephews and friends, especially Karen and Marlene.
She had a lot of prayers, encouragement, love and support since her Stroke in May and she truly appreciated it and she did her family.
In lieu of flowers, Mom’s favorite charity was March of Dimes, in honor of her daughter, Colleen.
A graveside service will take place Friday 12pm at Pine Plains Cemetery.
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