Jacqueline C. McCormack, a retired special-needs educator who enjoyed flying, died of cancer Dec. 2 at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The longtime Phoenix, Baltimore County, resident was 61.

Jacqueline Cecilia McCormack was born and raised in Baltimore. After graduating from Edmondson High School in 1966, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University.

For the last three years of her career, Ms. McCormack was a special-needs teacher with Baltimore County public schools' Home and Hospital Center working with students in their homes. Earlier, she had worked with students at the Charles H. Hickey School, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Taylor Manor in Ellicott City. She retired in 2006.

In the 1970s, Ms. McCormack earned a private pilot's license, and she enjoyed flying all over the state, family members said. She was also an accomplished gourmet cook, book collector and pinochle player.

"She also liked going to Atlantic City with friends to play blackjack," said a daughter, Christina Teeter of Towson.

A memorial service was held Monday at Bishop Cummins Reformed Episcopal Church in Catonsville.

Also surviving are a son, Michael Teeter of Columbia; another daughter, Tracy Moran of Alameda, Calif.; a brother, Frank Smith of Eldersburg; two sisters, Patricia Chilcoat of Baltimore and Colleen McCormack of Hollywood, Fla.; and a grandson. Her marriage to Angelo R. Teeter ended in divorce.

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