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Funeral services for Jacqueline Ruth (Starr) Staiger will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Tahlequah. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 6-8 p.m. at the Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation at http://4h.okstate.edu/Foundation. Services were entrusted to Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Please sign our online guestbook at www.hartfuneralhome.net.

Jacqueline Ruth (Starr) Staiger, the daughter of Jack and Betty Jo (Crozier) Starr, was born Oct. 10, 1944, in Prairie Grove, Ark., and went to live with her Lord on Sept. 23, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla., at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 13 days.

Jacqueline grew up in the Zion Community, south of Stilwell around Starr Spring. Her and her cousins used to play around the spring and several have fallen into the spring at one time or another, but Jacqueline had the unique experience of falling out of the spring.

She attended grade school at Zion Elementary and graduated from Stilwell High School, the salutatorian of the class of 1962. She went on to further her education at Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She worked for many years at the OSU extension in Bristow, Okla., as the 4-H agent. In 1967, she was transferred to Alfalfa County as the OSU extension service home economist and 4-H agent. This is where she met the love of her life Donald G. Staiger. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married in the Zion Methodist Church in Stilwell, Okla., on Aug. 3, 1968. To this union was born one daughter, Julie Starr Staiger.

Following her husband's career, they moved to Nowata where she became the OSU extension service home economist and 4-H agent. After Julie was born, she became full-time homemaker until Julie started school. She then began teaching home economics (family consumer science) at NSU. While teaching at NSU, she completed her doctorate at the University of Arkansas. Her main desire in life was to be a positive influence on young lives. She retired after 30 years. After her retirement she continued to serve as an adjunct professor for NSU and she was a substitute teacher for Shady Grove and Grand View Schools.

She enjoyed being outdoors working in her flowers. She had a huge heart and was always there with food or whatever was needed for someone who was sick or in a family crisis. She volunteered with the Feed My Sheep Ministry as a cook and a table host. She was very talented as a pianist, and enjoyed playing at home and at church until her health wouldn't allow it. She taught most of her cousins and neighbor kids how to play the piano. She was very active in the First Christian Church and served on numerous committees. Jacqueline touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three aunts, and one uncle.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Donald G. Staiger of the home; her daughter, Julie Starr Staiger of Antlers, Okla.; her brother, Michael J. Starr and wife Marie of Stilwell, Okla.; her brothers-in-law, Gary L. Staiger and wife Linda of Liberal, Kab., and Dr. James L. Staiger and wife Donna of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews, Michelle and Nikki Jo Starr, Shana Staiger, Kurt Staiger, Chris Staiger, Bryan Staiger and Ann Staiger. Several very special people in her life and numerous friends also survive her.
Published on September 27, 2016
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