Dr. Jacqueline Monette Latham
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.
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