Jackie Lillian Cowan Pickett, 95, passed away June 1, 2017 at her apartment in Westminster Village, Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Jackie was born in Conyers, Georgia, March 24, 1922 to John Benjamin Cowan and Lillian Lovvorn . She moved with her mother and sister, Dana, to Richland, Georgia when she was about 10 years old. It was there she met her future husband, James Musco Pickett. Jackie attended Statesboro college to become a music teacher, but she couldn't play the piano well enough. Because of that, and because of the country's entrance into World War ll she dropped out of college and enrolled at a business school in Macon, Georgia.
By this time she and Musco had fallen in love, so every Friday Musco would take the train to Macon to see her and on Sunday Jackie would ride back with him on the train to Albany, Georgia. Then, take the train or bus back to Macon, crying the whole way. They were married December 21, 1941 in Eufala, Alabama and were together for the next 75 years. They seldom spent a day away from each other.
During World War II they lived for a time in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. After Musco joined the Army, Jackie would travel with their baby, Helen, to Colorado and other distant states where Musco was stationed to spend time with him when he was off on leave. Since rationing was going on usually the car tires were retreads, several times over. When Jackie would have a flat tire she would convince the mechanic to giver her another tire since she was traveling to visit " her soldier husband who had never seen the baby" (Wink,wink!). In the hotels Jackie would sneak in a hot plate and coffee pot to cook meals. When not being used she would hang the appliances outside the window so that the hotel management wouldn't take the appliances away. Jackie was ahead of her time in that she worked for years outside the home when most women didn't, first with the Georgia Power Company as an administrator and jack of all trades, then with Homer Moore Company as a bookkeeper.
She was well known for her wonderful cooking skill and her needlework. Jackie was also an excellent bridge player, raised orchids as a hobby, and loved a good joke, especially the bawdy ones.
Jackie is survived by her sister, Dana Cowan Werth; daughter, Helen Alston Pickett Leino and husband, Rick; Jackie's grandson, Mark Pickett Eiland, and wife, Rene and their children, Sarah Walton Eiland, Sydney Christina Eiland and Winston Pickett Eiland ; Jackie's grandson, David Lewis Eiland, and wife, Alexis, and their children, Grayden Alston Eiland, and Finnegan Redmond Eiland.
She will be interred with the love of her life, James Musco, in Stewart County, Georgia.