Jaquelin (Jackie) Fontaine passed away peacefully at home, January 8th, 2021, in Walnut Creek, California from complications due to kidney failure. Jackie was born August 11, 1930, to Carlos J. and Emma L. Badger, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her mother died when she was 5, and she was lovingly raised by her father’s second wife, Frances. She spent her early years in Utah, and moved to San Francisco, CA when her father was called to active duty with the U.S. Navy during WW2. She graduated from Modesto High School, where her family had moved after the war. She went to Modesto Junior College and then Stanford University, where she earned her B.A. in music and liberal arts. She later earned her M.S in children’s literature.
Jackie’s life was one of service, hard work and compassion. Jackie taught elementary school for 25 years with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. She served quietly and faithfully in many church and civic organizations, including the Concord Historical Society. She especially loved volunteering at the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she was a lifelong member.
Music was always prominent in Jackie’s life. She started violin lessons at 8, and played continuously for the next 82 years. She performed with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra (Oakland), her string quartet, and played for countless weddings, churches and community events.
Jackie was the beloved mother of two children, Michael (Karol) Fontaine and Michele (Ralph) Stanton Lambert , 6 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Emmy and Anne, along with 6 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in her honor later this spring, the date and time yet to be announced.
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