A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Metropolis with Rev. Dr. Billy Storms, senior pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas officiating.
Jackie was born in Metropolis. Her parents were Lavene Reynolds Hard and James C. Hard.
Her father died when she was one year old, and eight years later, Lavene blessed the family when she married Olon Smith.
Lavene passed away six years ago, and Olon was buried at Metropolis Memorial Gardens less than a month ago, Aug, 25, 2012.
Jackie spent her youth in Metropolis and lived here until her graduation from Metropolis Community High School, when her parents moved to New Jersey.
She attended Douglas College, at that time the girls’ branch of Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., where she achieved a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics.
After graduating college, she spent her entire adult life in the Maryland area near Washington, D.C.
Jackie worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and later for the National Institute of Health (NIH).
She was a member of Mensa International, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is an organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Jackie showed her concern for the less fortunate by working in local soup kitchens for the homeless.
She sang for a time in her church choir and enjoyed all types of music, especially folk.
She was also an active and frequent volunteer for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Montgomery County Humane Society in Rockville, Md.
Jackie’s dearest friend was Terry Whitaker of Rockville.
They had known each other many years and, during her protracted illness, he was her frequent and devoted visitor, always encouraging her.
We have many acquaintances in life, but we are truly fortunate to have one good friend.
Jackie was renowned for her loves; her love of family and friends, her love of humor, animals, tennis, sports and debating.
She was open to lively discussion on most anything, but she especially had opinions on sports and politics.
Her humor and her smile were the most consistent and obvious part of her personality.
Jackie is survived by her twin sister, Judi Storms and husband Billy of Corpus Christi; one brother, Michael Hard and wife Sally of Sarasota, Florida; two nieces; and six nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis is in charge of arrangements.