Jackie Balcomb Bevelacqua, 84, loved to share stories about growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation

Jackie Balcomb Bevelacqua

WILMINGTON — It is with great sorrow that Jackie Balcomb Bevelacqua, 84, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Gallup, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Bevelacqua; sister, Patti Robinette; brothers, Spencer and Pete Balcomb; and parents, Edna and Spencer Balcomb.

She is survived by her children, Karen Bevelacqua McElroy, Anthony Bevelacqua, Spencer Bevelacqua and Joelle Bevelacqua Shorette, and her husband, Chris. She was the proud grandmother of AnnaMarie Mehm, Scott Bevelacqua, Ryan Bevelacqua, Morgan Bevelacqua and Blake Bevelacqua; and great-grandchildren, Isabelle Mehm, Wyatt Mehm, Brooklyn Bevelacqua, Braydon Bevelacqua, Mathew Shorette, Allen Shorette, Ethan Bevelacqua and Colton Cromer. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Joanne, Phil and Willie Robinette (children of Patti Robinette), Skipper, Scott, and Cam Balcomb (children of Spencer and Donna Balcomb), Bonnie, Kathy, Merri and Claudia Balcomb (children of Pete and Fannie Balcomb) and Eric and Lisa Gregory; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jackie was married in 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona to handsome U.S. Airforce member Joseph Bevelacqua. She and Joe had four children over the span of nine years, settling in Morgantown, West Virginia, to raise their family.

Jackie would share her stories with anyone that would listen of the idyllic times growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation. And she did just that in the summers of her younger years when her father Spencer had his own trading post off of Route 66. She would share those wonderful memories of times swimming in cattle tanks with her cousins, running across the dessert dressed in her Levi jeans, moccasins, Concho belt, and turquoise jewelry.

She loved her family immensely. Many a story about the times spent with Spencer and Pete families, she and her sister watching over younger nieces and nephews. Her mother Edna, a saint, who worked hard raising her two daughters as a single mom (back when that was not talked about in open company) raised Patti and Jackie to be two beautiful women who went on to do a yeo-woman’s work marrying and raising their own families.

The women in Jackie’s side of the family have and continue to be pioneers for the betterment of our “fair” sex! She is and will remain a powerhouse in our memories, picking up the mantle as the rock and leading all family members on to be the best they can be and to remember family and unconditional love! Mom will fondly be remembered for sharing memories, and depending on who was listening, how you the listener fit into those stories, because everyone did! She showed boundless love to her family, never wavering in her commitment to keeping connected as she was the glue!

Her children are forever grateful for the most wonderful upbringing anyone could ever want. Mom was and will remain the best cook, baker, healer of bumps and bruises, and champion of her children. She literally played with her kids, sled-riding, water balloon fights, swimming, vacations at Myrtle Beach, boating, floating in the intercoastal waterway and so many, many other wonderful memories.

Jackie will be fondly remembered by all who knew her and greatly missed by her family and friends! Please celebrate with us as we rejoice in her new life in heaven with her husband!

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington. A funeral Mass will be held 9 a.m., Monday, May 24, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations: Domestic Violence Shelter & Services Inc., American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Arbor Day Foundation.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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