Obituary: Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Pickett


Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Pickett, 68, of Sheridan, died June 7 surrounded by her family at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital. Born March 5, 1951, in Portland, Ind., she was the daughter of the late John R. Hodgson and Paulette Alice (Germain) Whiteman. After graduating from Portland High School in 1969, she went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in mathematics education from Ball State University and later earned her master’s degree in education from IUPUI.

Jackie was passionate about working with kids. For more than 32 years, she taught junior high advanced math, calculus and family/consumer sciences in the Sheridan Community Schools system. For many of those years, she was a cheerleading coach and sponsor as well as a band booster and supporter of the Marching Blackhawks. She also was an adjunct professor of mathematics at Ivy Tech in Noblesville for several years. While her own children were growing up, she spent a number of years as a 4-H leader for Hamilton County.

Jackie was a member of Sheridan First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the choir. She also was a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority.

Jackie is survived by her husband, Gordon Lee Pickett. Also surviving are her daughters, Kristin Rae Pickett-McClain (Bruce) of Fishers and Erica Germain Pickett-Knuckles (Daniel) of Zanesville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Raegan McMullan, Rylan McMullan, Abigail McMullan, Ainslie McClain, Lillian Knuckles, Remmington Knuckles and Elizabeth “Betty” Knuckles; three brothers, Larry Simons (Patty) of Seatle, Wash., David Simons (Jackie) of Delavan, Wis., and Phil Simons (Karen) of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Michelle Spahr of Carmel and Virginia “Ginny” Fennig of Redkey; and her sister-in-law Lynn Simons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Laura Lee Pickett; stepfather, Burl V. Whiteman; brother, Gene Simons; and by her father- and mother-in-law, Bryce and Betty Jo Pickett.

Services will be June 14 at First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St., Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Carol Fritz will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. June 13. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be presented to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church.

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