Longtime Juneau resident Jacqueline Vanderveldt Flory, 79, died July 24, 2006.
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She was born on Dec. 30, 1926, to immigrant parents in Astoria, Ore. While living on the farm in Brownsmead, Ore., she graduated from Knappa High School as valedictorian. She also graduated cum laude from Pacific University with a degree in teaching.
She married Charlie Flory in 1949. In 1957, they moved to Southeast Alaska, where he continued his logging career while she taught in one-room schools in Edna Bay and Rodman Bay logging camps. She taught in Sitka and thereafter in Juneau until her retirement. For a brief period, she also lived in Petersburg. After Jackie retired, she moved on to a much bigger goal, working toward world peace through the Bahai faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Jack Flory; youngest brother, Frank Flory; and husband.
She is survived by her siblings, Charlotte Langsev, of Oregon, Henry Vanderveldt, of Oregon, and Adriana Rivenbark and her husband, Larry, of Florida; children, Collier Flory and Frank Flory, of Juneau, Craig and Lisa Flory, of Haines, and Jan Flory and Jerry Owens, of Taku River; grandchildren, Zach Owens, of Juneau, Jack Flory, of Haines, Selina Sinner, of Florida, and Jordan Flory, of Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Her cremated remains will be buried at the Alaskan Memorial Park in Juneau, with services to be held there at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7.
To honor her memory, the family asks that people "strive for a 29 hand, shoot the moon or grow a beautiful plant, evoke a smile in someone or donate to any worthy cause."