Jacquelyn Ellen Teed, 80, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Hospice House at Palm Terrace in Lakeland, Florida. A private memorial at a later date will be held at the convenience of the family.
She is survived by her children, Paul McDonald and his wife Leslie, of Albany, Michael McDonald and his fiancé, Susan McKay of Menands, Terrence McDonald and his wife, Cathy, of Riverdale, Robert McDonald, of Albany, John McDonald, of Columbia, South Carolina, Kate Lawhead and her partner, Kassie Bennett of Lakeland, Florida, Emilie McDonald of Portland, Oregon, Jacqueline McDonald and her mate, and David Johnson of Miami Lakes, Florida; as well as 13 grandchildren.
Jacquelyn was born in Burlington, Vermont on August 27, 1932, the daughter of Sophia Gewrath and John R. Teed. Following her elementary school years in Massena, the family moved to Ogdensburg.
“Jackie” was extremely active in high school and community affairs while completing her schooling in Ogdensburg, and she graduated from OFA in 1950. She went on to attend Potsdam Teachers College until she married and started a family.
Following her husband, who was in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, Jackie and her growing family made their home in various Air Force installations throughout the country, finally settling in Syracuse. Jackie supported her husband while he earned his law degree and soon the family moved home to Ogdensburg.
With eight children at home, Jackie went back to school and completed her education by earning degrees from Mater Dei College and the State University College at Potsdam. She then went on to achieve her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Jackie was very passionate about helping others and cultivated her educational experience as a professional in the field of social work. She served as a case worker for the State of Florida for families in need, served as a psychologist at a Florida State prison and spent her last working years as a counselor for people struggling with drug addiction.
Jackie was a very intelligent, spirited lady. She liked to laugh and in times of trial would often be heard saying "This too shall pass." She was tenacious; she overcame obstacles, worked diligently and accomplished much in her professional and personal life. Maybe her most rewarding achievement was producing eight children who loved and were most proud of their mother.