Jacqueline May Battley Gingrich died Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia. She was 77.
From her birth, on February 21, 1936, in Columbus to Linda May Clay and Wilbur Allen Battley, her family and friends called her Jackie.
The eldest of four children, she raced through Auburn College, earning a degree in mathematics in just three years so her sister Carol could start college right after high school.
Strong in her belief in God, she credited prayer, as well as medicine, for saving her life numerous times. For decades, she served as a deacon and a volunteer at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton. She loved her church, her red hat ladies, bridge club, retired teachers lunch bunch and investment group.
Jackie taught mathematics at high schools in South Georgia, ending her career at Carrollton High School. She taught for over 20 years. She retired near the time when her grandchildren were born in order to spend time with them. Jackie spent her last year near them at the William Breman Jewish Home in Atlanta, where she made friends, baked bread and loved her physical therapy.
Smart, spunky, determined, funny, a fighter she had sparkling blue eyes, a constant smile on her face and loved her family and friends. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and, at a time when math was considered by many to be a mans field, was often the only woman in her college math classes.
Her marriage, to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ended in divorce.
Jackie is survived by her daughters Kathy Gingrich Lubbers and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, sons-in-law Paul Lubbers and Jimmy Cushman, Jr., grandchildren Maggie and Robert Cushman, sister and brother-in-law Carol and Gene Edenfield, their extended family, and Gloria (her cousin) and Terry Turner.
Pallbearers include nephews Larry and Lee Edenfield, Butch Battley; family friends Kevin Matthews and Robert Nolan; and fellow teacher Lee Burson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Carrollton. Visitation will be Friday from 5 - 8 p.m at Almon Funeral Home in Carrollton.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers if desired to either First Baptist Church Carrollton, Georgia; or American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com.
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.
Born: February 21, 1936
Place of Birth: Columbus, GA
Death: August 7, 2013
Organizations: First Baptist Church
Kathy Gingrich Lubbers, Daughter
Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Daughter
Paul Lubbers, Son-in-law
Jimmy Cushman, Jr., Son-in-law
Maggie and Robert Cushman, Grandchildren
Carol and Gene Edenfield, Sister and brother-in-law
Gloria and Terry Turner, Cousin and her husband
This memorial provided by:
Almon Funeral Home and Chapel