Jacqueline “Jackie” Provost
June 21, 1925 - November 20, 2018
Jacqueline “Jackie” Barrette Provost, age 93, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully to meet her Lord and Savior on November 20, 2018.
She was born in Fall River, MA on June 21, 1925, to Rheaume and Amelia (Benoit) Barrette. She grew up in Providence RI, just 2 blocks from the love of her life and husband of 57 years, Louis J Provost, who passed away on March 25, 2006.
Her parents were French Canadian and she grew up speaking both French and English. After graduating high school, she worked for the Narragansett Electric Company for a few years. After marrying Lou in 1949, she became a full time homemaker. Together they raised 3 children. They moved frequently in the early part of their marriage leaving New England for the South and finally settling in Delaware.
Jackie stayed busy volunteering at church at her children’s schools and sewing for herself and family. She loved music and took piano as well as voice lessons. Throughout the years she sang in numerous church choirs, was a cantor at church, and sang at Carnegie Hall and the Vatican with a couple of community chorales. In her 40’s she earned an Associate’s Degree from Dabney S. Lancaster College in Clifton Forge, VA. After moving to Delaware she worked part-time at the University of Delaware for 20 years. She was a long time member of Holy Family Parish and the Springs of Living Waters Prayer Community. She loved entertaining family and friends and reached out to those who were alone. She loved to laugh, found joy in the simple things of life and had a sweet and generous nature. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Provost; brothers, Arthur and Ernest Barrette; and sisters, Rita Hunt and Jeannine Roy. Jackie is survived by her son, Paul Provost (Theia) of Eagle Rock, VA; daughters, Denise Lyons (Duane) of Newark, DE and Anne Thomas (John) of Middletown, DE; sister, Pauline Searcy; sister-in-law, Martha Provost; bother-in-law, Tom Roy; and numerous, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 8:45 am until 9:45 am on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Jackie’s memory to Catholic Charities, 2601 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.