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Jacqueline Marie Specht: 1955-2024


Jacqueline Marie Specht (née Warren) passed away on April 15, 2024, in Everett, Washington. Jackie was the eldest of nine children, born to Janet Warren and Corneilus Warren on Sept. 1, 1955, in Spokane, Washington. She was a graduate of Holy Names Academy (1973) and Gonzaga University (1977).

Jackie lived for a short time in Chicago before moving to Mukilteo, Washington, with her family. During her time living in Mukilteo, she developed deep connections with many people and local organizations through her work and community activism. In her 20 years employed by the Mukilteo Library, Jackie generously shared her love of books with countless individuals, sparking discussions that illuminated minds and forged lasting connections. Her numerous volunteer activities included teaching Latin at Kamiak High School and serving on the Mukilteo YMCA Board of Directors. Believing that community-level advocacy is just as important as what happens on the national stage, Jackie could often be found engaging with local leaders on issues of significance in an effort to influence public policy in a meaningful way.

In 2019, Jackie moved to Everett where she was employed by Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. A compassionate soul, Jackie found great joy and purpose in working to fulfill this nonprofit organization's mission of ensuring that victims of domestic violence had access to the support and services needed to rebuild their lives. Her ability to connect with others, coupled with an unwavering resolve to help those in need, allowed her work with this organization to transform the lives of countless individuals, offering hope and a path to a better future for those facing the hardships encountered while experiencing such abuse.

Jackie is survived by her two sons, Christian and John; her parents; seven siblings; a half-sister; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was predeceased in death by her brother Michael.

A funeral mass for Jackie will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Saturday, June 15, 2024, commencing at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at O'Malley Hall. All are invited to join Jackie's family and friends in celebrating her remarkable life.

Jackie's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to those who have shared their love and support during this time. In honoring Jackie's memory, we ask that you carry forward her legacy of compassion and service, remembering that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a profound impact on the world around us.