Jacqueline Brown Yocum (née Barbara J. Brown) passed into God’s hands on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at 79 years of age, at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC. In her words, she was devoted to her “one and only” husband Rick, her children, her family, her friends, and providing “gifts of compassion” to others in this world in which we are all graced to live.
Jacquey was born on October 12, 1941 in Norfolk, VA to Margaret Eleanor Brown (née Winter) and Harold Elbert Brown, both who preceded her in death. She grew up in Schenectady, NY, attending Schenectady Public Schools and Niskaynua High School, graduating in 1959. She attended Lawrence College from 1959 to 1961, before transferring to Columbia University completing a BS in Nursing in 1964. She practiced as a Registered Nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in the mid-1960’s in the areas of kidney research, prenatal care and geriatrics. While living in Missouri with her young family in the 1970’s, she earned a MS in Community Mental Health Nursing from the University of Missouri.
Jacquey was married to Frederick Lurcott Yocum (Rick), the true love of her life, who preceded her in death in 2016. They met in New York City and were wedded in 1966. They celebrated 50 years of marriage together in 2016, surrounded by family and showered with joyful wishes from lifelong friends. Their marital journey together took them to Darien, CT; Longmeadow, MA; and California, MO, finally settling in the Toledo, OH area for 27 years.
When Jacquey became a mother, she devoted herself to raising her two children. She also believed in the importance of giving to and caring for others beyond the family, of furthering appreciation of art in the community, and the support and progression of women. She served as a Director of Professional Education Programs for the American Cancer Society of Ohio and as Coordinator of Continuing Education for the Medical College of Ohio. She sat on the Board of Directors for Sunset Retirement Communities and for the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center where she coordinated fundraising and charitable efforts. Two of her most cherished organizations included the Toledo Museum of Art, where she served as a docent for 20 years, and P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization in support of the advancement, education and motivation of women to achieve their highest aspirations, where she was an active member for 50 years and served as Chapter President and a member of the P.E.O. Ohio State Board.
A quote of Jacquey’s appeared in her local newspaper in 2000 about her work with Silent Samaritans, a non-profit interfaith ministry of women who quietly helped women in need of counseling during challenging and emotional times. “I have found that even though the road of life is smooth for a while, it gets bumpy, and we need resources to bring us back to center.” These words provided Jacquey with the strength to fight and survive a heart attack and breast cancer prior to age 60. She wrote following her battle with cancer, “I derive much satisfaction from one-on-one counseling with women who are victims of the horrid disease.”
Jacquey found both comfort and joy in personal friendships, acquired and cherished over her entire life. She always “connected with others” through handwritten letters and personal visits. She loved being a good friend and the treasures of friendship. Some of her most cherished memories were made during 20 years of cycling trips around the United States and Europe with a special group of Toledo couples.
Jacquey’s quiet pleasures were gardening, appreciating contemporary and classical music as a supporter of the Toledo Symphony, interior design, reading, bible study, and giving devotional and inspirational talks to others. She was a 25-year member of Collingwood Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and an elder, and later of St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church.
Jacquey was a loving and devoted mother, sister, and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Winter Yocum (Charles Hansell, husband) of Simsbury, CT; son David Christopher Yocum (Leah Cauley, wife) of Atlanta, GA; brother Bradford Jere Brown (Linda Parker, wife) of San Diego, CA; and four cherished grandchildren, Claire and Charlie Hansell, and Asa and Corinna Yocum.
A service for family and friends will be scheduled and held at a later date in 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in continued support of Toledo-area organizations that were important to Jacquey, to the Frederick and Jacqueline Yocum Fund c/o the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, 300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300, Toledo, OH, 43604. For sisters of P.E.O. and interested friends, donations can be made in memory of Jacqueline B. Yocum to Cottey College, an independent, liberal arts and sciences women’s college, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772.