Jacqueline Louise Marie-Thérèse Ouellette Livingston

August 17, 2019
Jacqueline Louise Marie-Thérèse Ouellette Livingston

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Jacqueline Louise Marie-Thérèse Ouellette Livingston (Jackie to all who knew her) passed away peacefully on August 17 at the age of 91.  The only child of Elzebert Ouellette and Ida Levesque, Jackie grew up in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in a community of French-speaking Canadian immigrants.  After graduating from Salem State Teachers’ College, she moved to New York City to work and take classes.  It was there that she met her future husband, Jim Livingston.

While in New York, Jackie worked as a secretary at Columbia University and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  After an exciting decade in the city, she and Jim and their two daughters moved to Dallas, where they lived for five years before relocating to Williamsburg in 1968.

Jackie loved being part of the William & Mary community and relished the years she spent as secretary to the Department of Religion.  But her greatest joy was in helping her husband and daughters pursue the things they loved.  For decades, she played a key role in readying Jim’s books and articles for publication. And she strongly supported her daughters in the passionate interests she had handed down to them:  for Sarah, French, and for Susannah, music.

Jackie lived her last five years in Memory Care at the Williamsburg Landing, where she was loved and cared for by wonderful staff.  The family is very grateful to the many caregivers who helped her keep her good cheer and her bright smile for all those years.

Jackie is survived by her daughters, Sarah Livingston and Susannah Livingston; her sons-in-law, John Lom and Henry Hart; four grandchildren—Maximilian Lom, Peter Lom, Maria Hart, and James Hart; and her cousin-in-law Joseph Berthiaume.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Bruton Parish Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bruton Parish Church or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at 34 Washington Street, Suite 310, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481.

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  • August 27, 2019
    Georgiana Kornwolf says:
    I have been a fan and admirer of Jackie since first we met at William and Mary in the Fall of 1965. Even then, I sensed a charming and resolute woman full of ideas and bravado who was going to make the Department of Religion a welcoming home to her dear Jim and to the countless intellectuals and students who graced its doors. Jackie was so much more than a secretary - she was a driving force in bringing recognition to the teaching and scholarly activities within the department and recognition without. I can attest to her considerable contribution to Jim's many published works, but more importantly to the fine-honed partnership between Jackie and Jim that made these publications so outstanding. And this is what I will remember most about Jackie, whom I am so proud to call my friend : she was a consummate wife, mother, and cohort. Jackie 's smile and twinkling eyes were contagious and brought good feelings of trust and friendship to her many friends and acquaintances. She was fun to be around, full of humor and a bit of mischievousness! But most of all, besides her love and devotion to Jim, Jackie loved her daughters, Sarah and Susannah, and her grandchildren - all of whom gave her so much pride in their character and accomplishment. The devotion was mutual. The College community is in mourning. We have lost one of our finest members. RIP, dear Jackie; the angels are regaling you in joyful chorus.

  • August 27, 2019
    Georgiana Kornwolf says:
    Remembering a Remarkable Wife, Mother, Friend