Jackie Darlene Smiddy, 55, of Killeen, a devoted entrepreneur, skilled artisan, and loving friend and sister, passed away at Advent Hospital in Killeen, Texas on October 15, 2023. She was born on February 11, 1968, in Jellico, Tennessee, to her mother Brenda Fox and the late Franklin Bolton.
Jackie's journey in life was filled with remarkable achievements and selfless acts that left an enduring impact on those around her. From an early age, she displayed a passion for landscaping and horticulture. After graduating from Jellico High School, Jackie began honing her skills in the art of landscaping. Her dedication to her craft led her to establish her own business in Tennessee. Over the years, she tirelessly worked on creating magnificent fountains using boulders as her medium. Jackie's talents were so exceptional that she caught the attention of Disneyland of Ponds Magazine and was even featured within its pages. Her artistic touch brought joy to many locals who were fortunate enough to witness the beauty she created.
In an act of selflessness and trust, Jackie retired from her successful landscaping business and handed it over to her loving son Nathan. The passing of the torch ensured that Jackie's legacy would continue in capable hands. In 2011, she made the decision to embark on a new adventure by moving to Texas and residing with her dear friend Michelle R. Martinez.
During her time in Texas, Jackie found fulfillment working for a local plant nursery in Harker Heights before transitioning to a position at a rock distribution company. She then joined HEB where she dedicated herself wholeheartedly for one year until fate had other plans.
Jackie's tireless dedication was matched only by her generosity and kindness towards others. She possessed a remarkable ability to put others' needs before her own—a trait that defined her character throughout her life. Her actions spoke volumes about the compassionate nature she embodied.
Beyond her business pursuits, Jackie had a deep love for nature and had an exceptional talent for nurturing trees and plants. She possessed a remarkable green thumb and was known for her expertise in healing plants. Jackie's extensive knowledge of landscaping machinery and her fondness for hats solidified her reputation as a true "Jill of all trades."
Outside of her professional endeavors, Jackie pursued various interests and hobbies. She collected hats of all kinds, each one showcasing her unique personality. Additionally, she amassed an enchanting collection of Native American dream catchers, which reflected her appreciation for the spiritual and cultural significance behind them.
One of Jackie's proudest accomplishments was embracing her Cherokee Native Indian heritage. She often showcased this pride through the tattoo adorning her arm—a symbol of strength, history, and unity with her ancestors.
Incredibly energetic, yet humble at heart, Jackie demonstrated unwavering loyalty to her family, friends, and clients. Her devotion to helping those in need never wavered, manifesting in countless anonymous acts of kindness throughout her lifetime.
Jackie Darlene Smiddy is predeceased by her beloved father Franklin Bolton. She leaves behind cherished memories with two brothers Richard Bolton and Barry Bolton, who have also passed away but will forever remain in our hearts.
She is survived by her loving mother Brenda Fox; two dear sons Ned Smiddy Jr. and Nathan Smiddy; one sister Beth Delk and husband Brian; a beloved granddaughter Adrianna Smiddy; as well as a devoted significant other Michelle R. Martinez who provided comfort and support throughout the years.
There is no doubt that Jackie Darlene Smiddy's presence illuminated the lives of many. Her legacy will forever remain etched in the memories of those who had the privilege of knowing such a kind-hearted soul. As we bid farewell to this exceptional woman, let us remember her for the selflessness, creativity, loyalty, and love she showered upon all those fortunate enough to cross her path.
In honoring the memory of Jackie, her family requests that charitable donations be made to a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in need—the embodiment of Jackie's generous spirit. May her soul find eternal peace, and may we keep her memory alive through acts of kindness and love.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young of Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas.