Jackie Lee Duarte, 70, of Bondurant, died March 6. Born April 19, 1943, to Thomas Emanuel and Connie May Melton, Jackie lived in Wyoming for 20 years after moving from Lathrop, Mo. She married Frank Duarte in El Cerrito, Calif., in 1963, and the two had three children. The family lived in California and Missouri, and Jackie worked as a medical assistant and later as a medical transciptionist.
A woman of true grit, Jackie moved to Wyoming after her first bout of cancer, and there she found her heart and home. She worked at the Little Jennie ranch, in part moving cattle and riding the mountains with her horse Missy and dog Zack and later with her horse Satin and dog Gypsy.
She loved riding, going for walks, watching sunrises over the snow, painting, dog agility, team penning, woodworking, kittens, M&M peanuts, ice cream, Mexican food and her miniature donkeys.
Although her smile, love, laugh and spitfire spirit will be missed, it is comforting to know that her soul is at peace and roaming the mountains of Wyoming.
Jackie is survived by her children, Mark, Kathy and John, and by her dog Gypsy and horse Satin. She was a loving mother who enjoyed raising her children. As babies and small children, she played with them, read to them, learned how to ride a bike so she could go riding with them, taught them how to ride horses and made their Halloween costumes. As teenagers, she sang to them in the
mornings, made sure they had a good breakfast, encouraged them to follow their dreams, made their science projects fun and taught them responsibility, the value of honesty and a good work ethic. As adults, she was their personal cheerleader, always supportive during difficult times and always delighting in their achievements.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held in early summer of 2014.
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