Jacqueline A. Creary, ”Mommy” 66, of Nashua, NH, passed away on April 26th, 2023, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Affectionately known by many names, Minister Jackie, Sister Jackie, Mommy, Grandma Jackie, Poonkie, Auntie, she lived a life in sacrifice for others.
Jacqueline was born on August 17th, 1956 to Gwendolyn James and Alvin Ridguard in Kingston, Jamaica. After graduating from Tarrant high school Kingston, Jamaica. She went on to receive her Certificate (Associates Degree) in Business for Shorthand and Typing.
She migrated to the United States in the 1980s. She worked as a deli clerk at Gormans Deli in New Rochelle, NY. She worked with owners Louie and his wife Rose Gateny, who became her friends, family and God mother to their son "little" Louie. She moved to NH with Louie and Rose where she worked at their deli in Lowell, MA. She also worked at Salem Sportswear, and McDonald's, simultaneously, typical Jamaican! After her siblings migrated and moved to NH, they worked with her at Salem Sportswear and once they were settled, she exclusively worked at the University Deli, Lowell. After Louie sold his business, she opened her own craft store across the street from the deli, smart lady, built in clientele!
Minister Jackie found her home at New England Pentecostal Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Stanley and Pastor Ruth Choate. She flourished and came to know and discovered a deeper love of God, she came to freedom and deliverance through the teachings and council. She made many friends who will say she was more a sister than a friend. She was ordained as a Minister at New England Pentecostal in 2013. She served as Sunday school teacher, children's church teacher, she also served in the Evangelist Missionary dept, she was overseer of the Operation Outreach food pantry and she officiated baby dedications. Jackie's outreach passion was The Tolles Street Mission. She worked under Pastor Peggy Smith, founder of The Tolles Street Mission, as the food pantry coordinator from 1999 up to her passing. As the pantry coordinator, she worked alongside Pastor Mary Springstead, Jarretta Copeland, and many volunteers to run the food pantry, picking up food and serving the community. She preached at the Tolles Street Mission Church the 2nd Sunday of every month where she would encourage a personal relationship with God and speak about how radical she was for Jesus. She was a prayer warrior for the city and enjoyed organizing the annual Christmas party at the Boys and Girls club. She worked alongside Bishop Josephine Norwood to set up and organize Tolles Street Mission street fairs and outdoor events.
She lived a life in service to the Lord Jesus Christ, her “Sweet Jesus”. In Him, Mommy found her strength and heart’s desire to serve others. Her trust in the Lord, her love for family and her strong work ethic are her legacy. She would always say she was a soldier in the Army of the Lord; for those who knew her, she was a Navy Seal for Jesus!
Jacqueline was predeceased by her husband, Charles (Creary), and her brothers, Ian and Bill. She is survived by her mother Gwendolyn Dowe, her three children, Chevan Reycroft and her husband Tim, Oral Williams and his wife Jaime, and Tanya Heald and her husband Travis, her grandchildren, Devaun Gil, Dessiah Williams, Jonah Reycroft, Zoe Heald, Carl Williams, Joy Williams, Julia Williams, Zia Heald, her great grandsons Julian, Damian and Zayden Gil, her sisters Betty-ann Mckoy, Portia Ross and her husband Wayne, Terry-Ann White and her husband Patrick, Lilly-Rose Browne and her husband Wayne, along with many well-loved, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Please join us in celebrating her Home Going to her Sweet Jesus, and her beautiful life on Friday, May 12th, 2023, at New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, NH. Mummy wanted a joyful party, with nobody wearing black, celebrate the life God gave her! Viewing hours are 3:30pm to 5:30pm, with Home Going Service beginning at 5:30pm, and repast afterwards. Interment will be on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, at 11am at Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua, NH. In lieu of flowers, please prayerfully consider donation to any of Mommy’s three favorite ministries: New England Pentecostal Ministries of Pelham, NH, the Tolles Street Mission of Nashua, NH, or The Tekeshe foundation. The Davis Funeral Home (603)883-3401 "ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”