Jacqueline Freer Clark 1927-2016

Jacqueline Freer Clark, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Maple Grove in Ashburn, VA.

Born in Washington, DC, on October 5, 1927, Jacqueline (“Jackie”) was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Gorham Freer. Jackie graduated Western High School (now Duke Ellington School for the Arts) and then attended The College of William and Mary where she met her husband, Dale, in the choir.  She and Dale shared 68 loving years together.

Jackie was a bright, loving woman who lived her life for others … family, friends, fellow church goers,

Jacqueline Freer Clark, a drawing by her husband, Dale, in l947. 
Jacqueline Freer Clark, a drawing by her husband, Dale, in l947.

and strangers. Even during her twelve-year journey with Parkinson’s, her concern was always for others.  Her example of bravery and dignity with just the right amount of that amazing wit during such a challenge will stand tall for all of those around her.

Most of Jackie’s adult life was spent in Vienna, VA where her love of family, history, faith, music, and giving kept her very busy.  She was not only always “there” for her husband and children but by her actions and words (and those left unsaid) lived a life that exemplified the meanings of inner strength and selflessness.

Jackie expressed her faith in a myriad of quiet ways.  The years at Fairfax Presbyterian, Holy Comforter in Vienna, and Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring found her teaching Sunday school, being a teen leader, serving as head of the prayer chain, being a vestry woman, taking on the position of President of the Episcopal Church Women, as well as serving on search committees and others.  All the while, she lived her faith in a way that whispered sweetly.

Giving to others was just what was natural for Jackie.  She was a member of the Fairfax Hospital Auxiliary from the planning stages.  For years, she volunteered at Pennywise Thrift Shop in Vienna.  If an election was taking place, Jackie could be found working the polls.  The over ten years she volunteered as a docent at Robert E. Lee’s Boyhood Home in Alexandria, VA gave her great pleasure.  When she saw a need, she quietly stepped in to lend a hand and offer insight.  She had the rare ability to look at situations from different points of view – never forcing her own.

Jackie was predeceased by her eldest child, Alynne, and is survived by her husband, Dale; her children, Scott and wife, Sandra, Dana, and Rory and wife, Ingrid; her grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Andy, Linh and husband, John, Dieter and wife, Judith, Chris, Joe and wife, Wendy, Justin, and Scott; and her great grandchildren, Nathan, Ashley, Lily, Landen, Eli, Jakob and Ella.  Jackie will be forever missed but held tightly in the hearts of her family members.

The funeral will take place at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring, VA on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Parkinson Foundation would be greatly appreciated and a wonderful tribute to Jackie.


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