Jacqueline J. Runyans

September 17, 2021
Jacqueline J. Runyans

Jacqueline “Jackie” Runyans, age 86, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021. She died peacefully at her home in Virginia Beach, surrounded by her loving family.


She was born in 1935 in Bailey, North Carolina.  She moved to Williamsburg at the age of 5.  Left to cherish her memory include her children, Glenn Pace (Betty) of Newport News, Sharon Howard (Andy) of Virginia Beach and grandson Seth Tarkenton of Atlanta.   Predeceased by her devoted mother, Flonnie and son, Willis.


Jackie lived a full life as a wonderful daughter, mother, and grandma.  She spent 40 years with the Colonial Services Board, finishing her career in 2003, where she was well known and admired.


Jackie was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman.  Most of all she loved her family and instilled strong values that have served them well.  She will be dearly missed and forever in their hearts.   She was an animal lover and had recently adopted a calico kitten named Piper which brought her much joy.


She loved to spend time with her family traveling the world.   She especially enjoyed Disney World and going on cruises to explore different cultures.   Her last trip was in May to watch her grandson Seth graduate from James Madison University.   In her retirement, she enjoyed her weekly outings with very special ladies to enjoy a Bible study and lunch.   She was a member of Williamsburg Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be held at Williamsburg Memorial Park on Tuesday, September 21 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dalton Stoltz officiating.  As an expression of sympathy, a memorial donation may be made to Magpie & Daisy’s Pet Rescue, 1032 Wippingham Parkway, Carrolton, VA 23314.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11:00 AM

Williamsburg Memorial Park - Directions
130 King William Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • September 19, 2021
    Carolyn C Pritchard says:
    Your mother's kindness was contagious and her memory will live on forever. Jackie will be dearly missed.

  • September 21, 2021
    Bonny Basilone says:
    Sharon, it was wonderful to see you today I only wish it had been under different circumstances. It was a beautiful service and I'm sure your Mom would have been so proud of all of you. Seth is such a handsome young man, so articulate and sweet. It was a pleasure to meet Andy and see what a great man God found for you all. Your tribute was the one that brought tears to my eyes. I could see the loving person Jackie was in everything you said. We had such wonderful times together, her sense of humor and love of a fun time was contagious. She made my work life much more bearable and was a tremendous support to me. I loved her dearly and will always miss her. God bless you and bring you peace and comfort during this time of loss. No one in this world could have been a better daughter than you were to Jackie.

  • September 25, 2021
    Sharon, now I know where you received your kind soul from...Your Mother! I hope you find comfort in knowing my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Think of all the simple wonderful times you spent with your Mom and the funny things she did. Laughter is better for the soul. Keep your self well