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Jacqueline Lou Klaila

Born: 1/21/1927, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Death: 9/11/2016, Moab, Utah
Service: Private

Jacqueline Lou Davis Klaila died peacefully at the age of 89 from complications related to Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, Utah. Jackie lived a full and happy life. She especially enjoyed being surrounded by her children, taking cruises, beach walks, collecting sharks’ teeth, board games, playing in a kitchen band, summers on Little Sebago Lake, eating lobster, swimming, and reading. She always remembered special occasions with greeting cards. Everyone was touched by this.

Jackie was born in Pittsfield, MA on January 21, 1927, the oldest of four children. She was raised in Portland, ME, and in 1948 she graduated from Maine General Hospital Training School for Nurses. She met the love of her life, William Klaila, on her first nursing assignment in Syracuse, NY. They were married in September 1949. Jackie remained in the Syracuse area, raising her large family. She demonstrated much strength, after losing first a child, then her husband, and returning to nursing to support and raise her remaining six children. She moved back to Maine after Bill’s death, where she divided her time between Maine and Venice, FL, until she relocated to Albuquerque, NM in 2005.

Jackie is survived by her six children: Davis Klaila of St. Croix Falls, WI; Bill Klaila of Minneapolis, MN; Cynthia Klaila of Albuquerque, NM; Louise Klaila of New Orleans, LA; Mary Jane Klaila of Moab, UT, and Nancy Williams of Albuquerque, NM. She is also survived by her brother Robert Davis of Venice, FL; sister Carolyn Foerster of Portland, ME, and nine grandchildren: Jackie Shepherd of Anchorage, AK, Addie Rolnick of Las Vegas, NV, Dallas Rolnick of New Orleans, LA, Codie Klaila of New Orleans, LA, Andrew Klaila of New Orleans, LA, Austin Robinette of Eugene, OR, Willa Robinette of Portland, OR, Naomi Klaila of Minneapolis, MN, and Monteen Williams of Albuquerque, NM. Jackie is also survived by her nine great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband William Klaila, her son John Robert Klaila, her brother Sterling Davis, and her parents Hartley and Mary Davis.

Jackie was always the life of the party and will be missed by all. During the last four years of her life she was lovingly cared for at Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, UT. The family deeply appreciates this tender care she received.

At Jackie’s request cremation has taken place and Celebrations of Life will be held at a later date, in both Portland, ME and Syracuse, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to North Deering Congregational Church in Portland, ME, or Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, UT.


I have such great memories of Jackie. She was a good friend and a remarkable woman and mother. I know she will be missed by all of you but how blessed you were to have called her your Mom.
- Diane Buckley

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