Jacqueline “Jacquie” Leinbach (nee Rigaud) died peacefully on Monday, October 5th at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino, California.
She is survived by her daughters Deborah Rigaud Leinbach Kilner (Peter), Jeanne Amole Leinbach (Gary), and Linda Allen Leinbach Mays (Foster) and six loving grandchildren: Kathryn Kilner, Margaret Kilner Grady (Chris), Brad Stewart (Danielle), Will Stewart, Russell Mays (Brady) and Nick Mays. She is preceded in death by her husband Russell Dundore Leinbach, their son Rusty, and her sister Jeanne.
Jacquie was born on June 11, 1931 in Spring Valley, New York to Guy Rigaud and Hazel Mary Allen Rigaud. She graduated from Vassar College in 1952 but not before meeting the love of her life Russ. They were married for 63 years. They started their marriage by living in Orleans, France where Russ was stationed during the Korean War. After the war, they lived in many places including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Simsbury, Connecticut; Wyckoff, New Jersey; Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, Illinois and then Charlotte, North Carolina.
While Jacquie’s daughters were in school, she discovered the world of volunteerism and bridge games. She became Deborah’s Girl Scout Troop leader which led to two terms as President of the regional Girl Scout Council. She also chaired the Church of the Holy Spirit Spring Fair, was co-chair of the local United Way, and was involved in many more non-profits.
When her mother came to live with the family, Jacquie decided to put all her energy into a new career and was one of the first of her friends to work outside of the home. She started at Lake Forest Academy as the secretary to the assistant headmaster and worked her way up to Director of Admissions. She loved working, traveling to feeder schools and developing the public relations tools to attract an increasingly talented student body.
Jacquie and Russ retired to the Charlotte, North Carolina area and loved to travel all over the world. Jacquie was a docent at the Mint Museum and involved at her church, the community association, various book clubs, P.E.O. and countless bridge games.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ Church in Charlotte. Memorial gifts can be made in Jacquie’s name to Southminister Commuity Fund, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.
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