Jacqueline Elaine Morris Butcher, was born in West Chester, PA, on October 6, 1958, the daughter of the late Ray W. and Cordelia “Sweetie” Morris. After a brief battle with cancer, she passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA.
Jackie graduated in 1976 from West Chester’s Henderson High, was employed at Structure Probe and in 1985 earned a degree in electronic engineering technology from RETS Electronics School. In 1985 she and her family moved to Allentown where she worked at AT&T until she became a Post Office employee and has worked there for 33 years.
Whether it was 1 hour away to visit relatives or to Sedona, Arizona, to see the sunset (which she missed because she fell asleep) she loved travelling with Byron, her husband of 40 years. They also enjoyed leisurely walks through Allentown’s parks. And to those who know them they were like “two peas in a pod”. She often joined her sons on hikes or doing some other form of physical exercise. Her grandchildren could count on her to mentor them with their education. And, when it came to holiday dinners or special occasions her family looked forward to her delicious desserts—especially her pies with their tender, flaky crust.
No matter what capacity Jackie was operating in, she took the time to make others feel special. Like on her postal route if she wasn’t sure about the information on the mail she was delivering, she didn’t just put it in the mailbox to get rid of it. She took the time to ask the people at that address if that was the proper place. Because of that, the people on her route showed their appreciation with gift cards, offering her lunch or checking on her well-being if they hadn’t seen her in a while.
Jackie applied to volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. She hoped to work in the nursery so she could cuddle the babies. But there were no openings, so she decided to work in the gift shop. She was there for a brief time before she had to resign due to a time conflict. Even in that short time her supervisor recognized how Jackie made the customers feel special and she tried to persuade Jackie to stay.
In 2005, another opportunity came for Jackie to really show others how special they were. That’s when she volunteered to work with GOTR—Girls on The Run of Lehigh Valley. GOTR uses running a 5K to teach life skills and empowerment to girls ages 8-13. She later became a Coach and from the time the girls started training until they crossed the finish line, Jackie was there cheering them on. Her method of training was not from the sidelines, but beside them. You could hear the pride in her voice when she talked about helping the girls understand and realize they were armed with the skills to win the race and in life.
In addition to her parents, Jackie was predeceased by her daughter Nicole Sharece. Along with her husband, she leaves to cherish her memory: four sons, Gregory (Leakesa), Byron, Bryon and Denzel; one daughter, Crystal Greene; nine grandchildren, Sean, Hezekiah, Malik, Nyjzell, Crystaneya, Malachi, Chazne, Adeja, and G’Yonni; three sisters, Cordelia “Bernie” Taylor, Darlene Morris, and Juanita Morris; two brothers-in-law, Joe Butcher (Sataria), Brian Butcher (Raleigh); one sister-in-law, Janine Butcher; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Girls on The Run was dear to Jackie’s heart; and, if you wish to honor her and make an impact by empowering young girls’ lives, you may send donations in her name to: Girls on The Run Lehigh Valley, 1 Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562.
Services and Interment will be private, however, we invite you to watch the service via live stream by visiting https://evt.live/jtaylor2ster/jackie-morris-butcher beginning at 11:00 a.m., on March 27, 2021.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-1181; www. DellaFH.com
Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley
1 Home Avenue, Topton PA 19562