Jacquelyn M. Slaughter [Dec. 8, 1930 – Oct 6, 2021]
Jackie was born in Alamosa, Colorado to Addison and Lorene Milyard. The family eventually moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Jackie met Tom Veal Slaughter. Tom fell instantly in love with her when he saw her he told his friend “That is the girl I will marry!” They did marry in Albuquerque, New Mexico.They lived in Las Cruces, NM for Tom to finish his studies at the university. They then moved to the Slaughter ranch in Picacho, New Mexico. They had two daughters who loved the ranch life and visiting both sets of grandparents in Roswell.The family moved to Roswell for the girls to start school.
Jackie was a kind, loving, and vivacious young woman who balanced the demands of ranch life and town life in her typical cheerful manner.
Jackie and Tom were active in the International Flying Farmers Association. Her abilities as a spokeswoman were recognized and she was appointed as the Flying Farmer Queen. Tom flew her in their own small aircraft all over the United States and Canada. She made appearances to promote safe flying and the need to mark power and phone lines with orange balls so that pilots could see the lines.
Jackie was an active member of PEO and held offices in Roswell, NM, in Billings, MT, and in St. Petersburg, FL. She loved working with her PEO sisters to assist in the education of women. Many of her lifelong friends are/were PEOs.
Jackie enjoyed the active life of snow skiing, boating, tennis and traveling. She loved time with her family and friends and made friends wherever she went. Her graciousness, generosity, compassion, and ability to make each person feel special will be remembered always!
She is survived by Tom, her loving husband of 71 years; daughters Susan Watson (Roger) and Janice Mitchum (Ty); grandchildren Jacquelyn Christine (Christy) Watson , Roger Todd Watson, and Tom Mitchum; great grandchildren Trevor Watson, Nicholas Watson, Brenden Watson, Mason Watson, Alyson Mitchum, Emily Mitchum, and Jonathan Mitchum.
Preceded in death by her parents Lorene and Addison Milyard, her sister Yonene Milyard Goodrum, and her brother Bill Milyard.