Jacqueline Charlotte (Dirac) Nichele was born in St. Maurice, Valais, Switzerland to Albert and Angèle Tissières Dirac on November 28, 1945.
She is survived by her loving brothers Jean-Michel Dirac and Georges-Albert Dirac and their amazing families; her devoted daughter Aleka Janine Marie O’Neil, faithful son-in-law Timothy Mark O’Neil and adoring grandchildren Daly Nichele O’Neil (9) and Roic Castilla O’Neil (6); and diverse circle of affectionate friends.
She was an open-minded, inquisitive thinker, a charismatic host and entertainer and a talented and accomplished hair stylist. It is difficult to hear Jackie’s name without a rush of warmth and happy memories. Her laughter was joyful and contagious. She was proud of her family, near and far, but also independent. Her giant personality was a gift, her kind heart a treasure.
Jackie passed with grace and dignity, comforted by Hospice of the Valley and in the presence of family, on February 18, 2021. She was brave and beautiful. A formal memorial and burial will be held in St. Maurice on March 6, 2021. An informal celebration will be held in late March in Phoenix. Please contact Aleka O’Neil for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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