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Obituary: Jackie Lea (Carlsen) O'Leary

Jackie Lea (Carlsen) O'Leary

Jackie Lea (Carlsen) O'Leary

Jackie Lea (Carlsen) O'Leary, 78, passed away Oct. 3, 2013, at her home with her family by her side. Jackie was born June 6, 1935, to Olav and Almeda (Middleton) Carlsen in Newark, N.J.

Jackie is survived by son Randall W. (Tammy) O'Leary of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and daughter Elisa (Frank) Abbott of Prescott, Ariz.; stepdaughters Patricia (Frank) Calvert of Pasadena, M.D., Cindy Melocik of Virginia, and Christine (Gorm) Lauritzen of Maryland; grandchildren Robert, Matthew and Victoria Abbott, Craig, Jeff and Christopher Calvert, Andrea and Julia Melocik, Nina Lauritzen, Samantha, Heather and Stephanie Tardiff; great-granddaughters Dahlia Abbott and Devlynn Simmons; great-grandson Zander Merchant; brother Carl Carlsen; and numerous nieces and nephews. All will miss her dearly.

Jackie was a kind, generous soul and she never met a stranger. She was passionate about politics and loved to knit beautiful afghans for her family. She was a bookkeeper for numerous industries throughout her life. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carroll in 2000, sister Denise, and nieces Carla and Almeda.

A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the LDS Chapel, 7885 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley, Ariz. Internment services at the Prescott National Cemetery with her beloved husband will be at a later date.

Log onto to view and sign Jackie's guestbook. Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family.

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