The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

August 26, 2013

Jacqueline M. Hillyer

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ASHTABULA —

Jackie taught English, American and world history, psychology, geography, sociology, government, served as yearbook advisor, varsity softball coach, and officiated volleyball. She retired from teaching in 1997. At the time of her death, she was the President of the Buckeye Board of Education.

Jackie’s interest in educational equality grew into a greater passion for full and equal political participation for women and other minorities. She joined and later became an instrumental leader in state and local chapters of the National Organization for Women. She served several terms on the NOW National Board and held several other positions within that organization. At the time of her death, Jackie was the President of Ohio NOW.

Though her political and social change efforts continued after her retirement, her health began to rapidly deteriorate. In 2000, Jackie suffered a respiratory arrest and nearly died. She was external oxygen dependent for a more than a year until she underwent a lung transplant procedure in November 2001. Since that time, Jackie determined to see as much of the earth while she was on the earth. Between 2004 and 2013, she traveled to more than 40 countries, including France, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Austria, Monaco, Lichtenstein, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic.

Jackie enjoyed memorializing her many travels by creating slide shows accompanied by matching cultural music. She often commented on the cultural similarities and distinctions among the regions she visited, particularly with respect to the status of their educational systems.

The last region Jackie visited was southern Africa, traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, where she saw the Victoria Falls, went on Safari, riding elephants and petting cheetahs. While her postcards home and videos demonstrate that she was having the time of her life in Africa, her weakened immune system was unable to withstand the unfamiliar environment. She became critically ill and was transported to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where she was diagnosed with and eventually succumbed to pneumonia.

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