Jacqueline Ann Spare, a registered nurse who worked for many years at Bon Secours Hospital, died of bone cancer May 28 at the Joseph Richey Hospice. The Columbia resident was 65.
Born Jacqueline Ann Sullivan in Abington, Pa., she was the daughter of Eugene F. Sullivan and Marilyn Smythe Hartranft, who was a nurse. She was raised in Flourtown and was a 1966 graduate of Springfield High School, where she played lacrosse and field hockey. She earned an English degree at the University of Delaware.
She decided to become a nurse after the birth of her daughter and was a graduate of the Montgomery County Community College School of Nursing in Pennsylvania.
She was a surgical and medical nurse at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.
She moved to Columbia move than 30 years ago and became an intensive care nurse at Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore. She retired last year after working there for 20 years.
"Jacki was recognized by the medical staff as being an extraordinary nurse and dedicated professional who always provided exceptional care to her patients," said her life partner, Jim Stefancicof Columbia. "She was an extremely kindhearted person. On occasions, she would use her vacation time to care for her own family members."
Ms. Spare was a reader. "Jacki usually had the hardback copy of the book when published so [she didn't have] to wait for the paperback version," said Mr. Stefancic, a retired engineer and Vietnam War veteran. "Her favorite authors were Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell." She enjoyed watching televised British spy and espionage thrillers and criminal investigation shows.
Ms. Spare was an animal lover and had two dachshunds, Thelma and Louise. She also liked to camp in Western Maryland and took cruises to Belize, Cancun and Cozumel. She visited Vietnam during a military reunion and medical-humanitarian trip.
Services are private.
In addition to her life partner of 15 years, survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Spare; a brother, Andrew Sullivan of Hatfield, Pa.; two sisters, Mary Lynn Gorman of Columbia and Christine Pisarcik of Blue Bell, Pa.; her stepfather, Nelson R. Hartranft of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla; and a grandson. Her marriage ended in divorce.