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Dr. Jacqueline Monette Latham

March 15, 1944 –
 February 3, 2022

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Dr. Jacqueline Monette “Jackie” Latham, age 77, passed away on February 3, 2022, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, after a nearly 5-year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

 

She was born March 15, 1944 in San Angelo, Texas, the only child of Lee Roland Latham and Virginia Pearl Ray.

 

Her father was a P-38 Lightning fighter pilot during WW II, assigned in 1943 to the 339th Fighter Squadron on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Her mother was a talented landscape artist.

 

Love of family and a strong bond to her grandparents, A.E. [Arilious Eula] and Elsie (Summers) Latham, stirred her interest in genealogy, which she researched and posted on Ancestry.com. For several years she served as Coke County, TX GenWeb Coordinator, receiving the Mike Basham Memorial County of the Month Award in Aug 2015 for her work in the content and design of the website.

 

Jackie’s passion for the culinary arts brought her in contact with a variety of celebrity chefs, many of whom taught cooking classes that she attended and published cookbooks that she bought. Her collection of cookbooks would fill several library shelves and her collection of cookware as well as baking items and accessories rivaled any kitchen. She claimed to be the number one fan of Dallas celebrity chef, Kent Rathbun.

 

Her many interests included botany, sailing, scuba diving, backpacking, astronomy, photography, art and music. An avid reader, she especially enjoyed medieval fantasy stories and post-apocalyptic world survivalist stories, including some in the zombie genre.

 

Jackie met her husband while she was working on her Masters Degree in microbiology and teaching microbiology lab at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in Ft. Worth. He was a handsome medical student who was smitten by her beauty and intellect. She later applied and was accepted to TCOM, where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1984, but did not pursue a career in medicine.

 

After her husband completed his Internal Medicine training at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, they were married in the United Methodist Church on Preston Road in Dallas on September 15, 1984. The ceremony was solemnized by Reverend William H. Wilson, Chaplain at Methodist Medical Center.

 

Jackie had a kind and sensitive spirit, especially towards animals. She loved her rescued dogs and made regular donations to the SPCA of Texas. With an eye for beauty, she collected beautiful things and decorated the home with elegance.

 

Her belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior governed her daily living and gave her His promise of everlasting life. The ashes from her cremation will be buried in the Latham Family plot in the cemetery at Robert Lee, Texas. A memorial service for her will be announced at a later date.

 

Jackie was preceded in death by her father, age 45, and her mother, age 94. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Donald Holcomb of Dallas, first cousins Bill Pharis and wife Pam of Levelland, Texas and Jan Pharis and wife Grace of Las Cruces, New Mexico. If desired, donations may be made to the SPCA of Texas or to the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

 

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

214-306-6700

6 Thoughts on Dr. Jacqueline Monette Latham
    Teresa Lowry
    10 Feb 2022
    7:28pm

    I am both impressed and inspired by this beautiful tribute to Jackie’s life. What a smart, talented & productive lady. We bonded over our love and devotion to our “twin” pups but I do wish I had gotten to know her on a deeper level. I could have learned a lot from her. Donald took such loving care of her in sickness & in health. ❤️

    Julia Funderburk
    11 Feb 2022
    12:21pm

    A very loving tribute to Jackie, detailing her many interests: reading, cooking classes, helping rescue animals, genealogy, her many collections of beautiful things and so much else. She was blessed to have you, Donald, to be by her side and care for her in what had to have been a long and painful ordeal. May she now rest in peace

    Raj Patil
    12 Feb 2022
    10:43am

    Our deepest condolences to Donald. May Jackie’s soul find peace.
    We got to know Jackie in the Bent Tree North neighborhood when we moved here a few years back. She always had a cheerful and sunny outlook on life. We will miss her smile and our small talk. Her love of pets and animals was always visible. I learned about her interest in genealogy and her research in that area. She also loved a variety of cuisines including spices from India as well as an interest in the food and culture.
    Jackie made the neighborhood a better place. She was a neighbor and a friend and will be in our memories forever.
    Shailaja and Raj

    16 Feb 2022
    7:37am

    Small Jackie Poem for Don

    She’s flown. Gone now. Jackie, beautiful bird,
    The branch she launched from still trembling,
    Swaying in your heart. For those of us less blessed
    By her gentle soul, it might never have occurred
    that in her lightness, lighted eyes, generous smile,
    in spice clouds in her kitchen and sunny sidewalks,
    was her backbone of iron that into Heaven soared.

    Satbir Risam
    17 Feb 2022
    9:09pm

    Dear Dr Holcomb
    You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort and courage at this time of sorrow.

    Sincerely ,
    Satbir Risam

    Todd Boren
    13 Mar 2022
    8:17pm

    Dear Dr Holcomb,

    It is with our deepest condolences of your loss. We will always remember Jackie’s bright smile as you joined us at BBQ. You and Jackie made BBQ a special place. We will always remember her and she will always hold a special place in our heart.

    Curbside BBQ Team.

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