Jacquelyn Ludden McCormick
Jacquelyn Ludden McCormick
  • May 6, 1930 - March 17, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Jacquelyn Anne (Ludden) McCormick

From her birth May 6, 1930, until her death March 17, 2017, Jackie met the world with sparkling eyes, an iron will, and a gentle heart. She graced the lives of everyone around her with laughter, charm, determination (not to be confused with stubbornness), generosity, and thoughtfulness. At an early age she showed an appreciation for "the finer things in life," developing over the years an eye for jewelry, fine fabrics, good food (preferably prepared by someone else), bourbon, and waltzes and opera (preferably Pavarotti). During her years with the Paul VI Institute for the Arts, Jackie relished the opportunity to organize and attend live performances, art exhibits, and lectures. She never left the house without putting on her "face" and a perfectly tailored, coordinated outfit, even in her final years when completing those tasks became arduous. Most of all, Jackie never complained (it doesn't solve anything) and always had a smile and a gracious word of thanks for anyone who assisted her.

She lived the life of an Army daughter and wife. When Jackie's family arrived on Okinawa in 1946, her father sent a young second lieutenant to meet the ship. Seven years (and a few other romances) later, Jackie married William F. "Mac" McCormick, Jr. on July 11, 1953, beginning a marriage that endured for 50 years until Mac's death in 2003. Together they weathered several moves, including stints in Germany and Taiwan, and Mac's service in Vietnam, all while raising seven children. As a mom, Jackie tempered discipline and high standards with gentleness, laughter, and unconditional love. She became a mothering mentor to her sisters-in-law, neighbors, and women in church, able to quiet a squalling baby and soothe a frazzled parent within moments with a gentle, practiced hand and a few reassuring words.

She had countless mothering maxims, with "don't bleed on the rug" and "use your manners" taking top billing, but her clearest lessons were in her example rather than her words. She expected her children to do our best with the divergent talents we had been given, to be considerate of others, and above all to put family first. She took great joy and pride in our lives, spouses, and careers but most of all in her grandchildren.
Jackie's faith sustained her and she gave generously of her time and many talents to the church particularly during the family's years at St. Ignatius Parish in Oxon Hill, Md. She ran highly successful Christmas bazaars for the parish for several years and later applied that experience to running yard sales to support the Patriots Fund at Patriots Colony at Williamsburg.

The community at Patriots Colony became a true home to Jackie for 20 years, a place where she loved and was loved by friends and staff. At the end, Jackie died as she wanted to, in her own bed in her own apartment, enveloped in the love of her family. We invite you to attend an old-fashioned Irish wake at her home to share stories and toast a life well-lived (Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 5220 Patriots Colony Drive). The family will hold private burial services at a later date, when Jackie will be interred with Mac and near her parents at Arlington National Cemetery.

Jackie's legacy lives on in her children and their families (numbered in birth order, as Jackie would introduce us):
1) Cecilia McCormick, her husband Dan McCartan, and their children, Emily McCartan and Alison McCartan, and Alison's husband, David Suguitan
2) Anne Karlow, her sons Brandon Karlow and Jared Karlow, and her partner Tim Batdorf
3) Ellen Barry and her husband, Ciaran Barry
4) Charles McCormick, his wife, Rachel McCormick, their son Michael McCormick and Michael's wife, Jen McCormick. Jackie's infant great-grandson Owen
Michael preceded her in death.
5) Patrick McCormick and his daughters, Tori McCormick and Alexa McCormick
6) Peter McCormick and his wife, Lisa McCormick
7) (and) Margaret McCormick and her husband, Bob Goetten.

Jackie was the daughter of Charles and Marie (Kelley) Ludden, twin sister of John Ludden, and older sister of Samuel. They preceded her in death.
Jackie's sisters-in-law and their families cherish the memory of her kindness and joie de vivre. They include Edna Ludden, Linda Ludden, and Mary Catherine Keller

Online condolences may be expressed for the family at www.nelsencares.com