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Jaclyn Kenneally

September 13, 1980 — March 1, 2021

Jaclyn Michelle Gachman Kenneally was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 13, 1980 to Dean and Cynthia Gachman. Jackie was the third of four daughters, and she grew up in a house full of sisters who loved and adored each other. Family was incredibly important to Jackie, and she loved reminiscing and telling funny stories from the past (especially about her grandfather Big Papa aka Dan Gachman).From a young age, Jackie’s deep affection for all animals was clear. In elementary school, she wrote a letter to Jane Goodall telling her how worried she was about the chimps and gorillas. Her love of animals led to Jackie having cats and dogs throughout her life. Her pets, most recently her cats Finn and Mason, were the subjects of many texts and posts, with hilarious captions written by Jackie. Jackie had an artistic, sensitive soul, a dry, hilarious sense of humor, and a beautiful singing voice. She loved David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Kate Bush. She’d seen every cheesy horror movie ever made, multiple times. She was an old soul with a childlike giggle, and she could throw out a bone-dry witty remark that revealed her mixture of intelligence and humor. Jackie was quirky and unique in the best possible way, and her signature look was a bold red lipstick, red hair, and some cute heels, like an Old Hollywood glamour girl. Besides her beauty, her genuine care and concern for not just friends but all people was a defining characteristic. She was a loyal friend who never passed judgement and always had a heart for those who struggled. Her friends often thought of Jackie as a sister, and she was. She truly connected to those she loved, and those bonds will never be forgotten.Jackie met her soulmate and husband Niall Kenneally in New York in 2012 and they married in 2017. They had recently moved from New York to Colorado and were excited about starting a new chapter together. Jaclyn is survived by her husband Niall, her father Dean, her sisters Dina, Amy and Kathryn, brothers-in-law Jerett Zipin, Michael Smith and Ben Canfield, and her nieces and nephews Sophia, Jake, Benjamin, Hudson, Cole and Sutton.In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Mile High Canine Rescue or The Council on Recovery.Council: https://www.councilonrecovery.org/donate/Mile High: https://milehighcanine.org/donate-to-mhcr/
Jaclyn was honored with a private graveside service at Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston, and she was laid to rest next to her mother, Cynthia. Rabbi Brian Strauss officiated.
To view the ZOOM recording of the Graveside service, click on the link: https://youtu.be/F0EVlmQlzYE
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