The first daughter of Eleanor Armstrong Ward and Grady ward, Jacqueline was born in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She spent her childhood in Arbutus, Maryland, where she was also educated. Her summers were spent at the family’s home on the shore, enjoying the water and seafood they caught.
Jacqueline, called Jackie by those who knew and loved her, was married twice – first to Stanley Leonard Crowetz (deceased), and next – for forty-one years – to her beloved second husband, John “Jack” Eldridge Kaiser (deceased). Years later, after her second husband’s death, Jackie met widower Kenneth Church Gimbert (deceased), with whom she had a loving relationship that brought her much joy and happiness until she left her surviving family to join the Lord and her departed loved ones.
Jackie was mother to three beautiful children – Kimberly Dawn, Laurie Beth (deceased), and John Ward (deceased). She leaves behind two grandchildren – Jessica and Daniel – as well as three great-grandchildren – Ian, Gabriel, and Connor.
Loving to travel, socialize, and meet new people, Jackie lived in multiple communities along the East Coast and spent a copious amount of time overseas.
Domestically, Jackie lived in Catonsville, MD where she owned several businesses; Virginia Beach’s Point of Woods and Sandbridge communities where she was president of the Garden Club; Atlanta, GA where she became entertainment and social chairwoman for the Women’s Club; and the Belleair Beach Country Club community off the Gulf coast of Florida, where she became the president of the Belleair Beach Women’s Club. Jackie and late husband Jack especially enjoyed their time in Florida, where they often played golf at many lovely resorts. It was at this time in Jackie’s career when she entered the residential side of the real estate market, selling many properties throughout her tenure.
Jackie’s passion for traveling brought her joy and knowledge. Her favorite foreign places traveled include England, France, Spain, and Canada. Among her favorite domestic places to travel are Hawaii; Puerto Rico; Florida’s panhandle; New England; the mountains of North Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina. Whenever she visited a new place, she was sure to stay for extended periods of time, wherein she would be able to enjoy and learn about the local culture and customs.
In 2001, Jackie and late husband Jack moved back to Virginia Beach. They built a home in Lago Mar Back Bay after falling in love with the area. It was in this community that Jackie became a member of both the Widows Group and Solo Group.
While Jackie lived a life holding deep sorrow from the death of two of her children, she led a life with intention and filled her days with love and joy. Laughter carried her through, along with prayer to God.
Jackie's life will be celebrated on July 22, 2023 at 11am at Ambrose Funeral Home's Arbutus location, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road. The inurnment will take place immediately following in the Woodlawn Cemetery at 12 noon.