Jackie Dos Reis

Published 5:11 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

May 20, 1932 –

Feb. 20, 2012

Jacqueline Yvonne Dos Reis passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, surrounded by family and many friends that loved her greatly and will miss her deeply.

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Jackie was born to her loving parents on May 20, 1932, in Bainbridge, the youngest of eight children. She had a very close knit family and being the youngest, was doted on and cared for by many of her siblings. Many of her nieces and nephews were like brothers and sisters to her. She had precious memories of growing up with a large family that took care of each other and parents that took care of them all.

She moved with her parents to St. Petersburg, Fla., in her teen years and graduated from St. Petersburg High School with the Class of 1949. After high school, she left St. Petersburg and went back to Bainbridge to stay with her sister and brother-in- law, Iris and Emmett Seaborn.

On a trip to Panama City Beach, Fla. with friends, she met her future husband, Corp. Edward L. Dos Reis, who was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base. He quickly knew that she was the only one for him. After several hitchhiking trips to Bainbridge every weekend, he found that he would be leaving Florida and transferred to Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. He couldn’t bear to leave without Jackie, so he proposed marriage. They were married in a small ceremony on Dec. 16, 1951, in Bainbridge, just five months after they met.

At the age of 19, she left her home and soon after moved to California to spend the rest of her life with her devoted, loving, caring, and always faithful husband of 60 years. Jackie’s occupation was “housewife.” Not only was she a dedicated wife to Ed and mother to their three children, but she also worked in, and was very supportive of the family businesses, including a dairy farm in Lathrop, Calif., a liquor store in Stockton, Calif., and finally their contracting business.  She was also involved in service organizations including “Athena,” but most notably “The Juliettes.”

She was also very involved in her children’s many activities, and volunteered her time at the schools. For many years she enjoyed bowling and earned many trophies. Jackie was an avid sports fan, and especially loved cheering for her San Francisco Giants and Dallas Cowboys. She loved gardening and tending to her pets.

Jackie loved God and her faith was unwavering. Her treasure was her family and extended family. She loved all of them, unconditionally. She was first in line to help when it was needed. She was nurse, counselor, confidant, taxi-driver, and friend.  “She is so sweet” was so often used to describe her, even by strangers. She loved deeply and forgave quickly.

She will be missed greatly by far too many to name. Jackie is survived by her husband Edward L. Dos Reis Sr.; their sons Edward L. Dos Reis Jr.and his wife, Patricia, of Lodi; Ron Dos Reis of Valley Springs, and John Dos Reis of Lodi; seven grandchildren, Michele, Kristen, Jeffrey, and Michael Dos Reis of Lodi, Jennifer Dos Reis of San Diego, Tiffany Dos Reis of Malibu, and Brianne Dos Reis of Reno, Nev.; three great-grandchildren, Aiden Ramos, Mason Ramos, and Ava Dos Reis; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Dean of Black Mountain, N.C. and Frances Pierce of Stockton; many adoring nieces and nephews; other “kids” and “grandkids” that she loved like her own; and numerous close friends that are thought of as family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Ben Sr. and Lola Dean; her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Inez Dean; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Houston Rogers, Mildred and Forrest Skeen, Iris and Emmett Seaborn, Dorothy and Othel Holman, Edna and Lamar Inlow; and recently deceased brother, Leonard Ben Dean Jr.

Services were held in Lodi, Calif., where the Lodi Funeral Home was in charge.