The sweet soul of Jacqueline (Jackie) Summerlin Hurd was set free to ﬂy when she passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. Jackie leaves behind a lifetime of friends, co-workers and close family members that will always miss her positive outlook and incredible spirit. Jackie was Born March 31st, 1956 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada but spent most of her life as a proud Arkansan. Always an exceptional student, Jackie graduated from McClellan High School in Little Rock in 1974 and then graduated with Honors from Ouachita Baptist University with a B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition. She loved having close friends and while at OBU was in the band and the Chi Delta sorority. Many of her college friends, she referred to as her “Ouachita girls” remained a close group of friends throughout her entire life.
After a UAMS internship, Jackie started her life-long career with the Baptist Medical System and at the age of 24 became the youngest department director in the Baptist System. She was chosen as the young Dietician of the year for the state of Arkansas early in her career and never quit pursuing excellence throughout her lifetime as one of the state’s leading Dieticians, Nutrition, and Food service providers at facilities throughout the state of Arkansas. The number of lives that she touched, people she mentored, staﬀ members she led, and co-workers she worked closely with is immeasurable over the course of her almost 40 years of service to the Baptist Health System. Always open to new ways of approaching her career, she innovated Dietetics throughout her career staying on the front edge of changes and advancements in her ﬁeld. After retiring from Baptist Health Systems in 2018; Jackie went to work for Sodexo still working closely with the Baptist Health System.
For those of us lucky enough to have truly known Jackie, she was a ray of bright light in the room with an always happy disposition when often behind the scenes she was battling for her life with physical health issues and great personal tragedy and loss. Small in stature, Jackie lived as a giant facing battle after battle with positivity. Well known to say “I’m ﬁne” during the worst of moments to simply comfort those around her, very few on the outside knew the level of suﬀering she endured for most of her life. She has now left her earthly vessel and has been set free of pain and illness.
Jackie loved her family dearly - her “Hobbies” as she liked to call them included her nieces and nephew’s - Carly, Shelbi, Lindsey, Alex, Tanner, and Brittany. She adored them all and leave each of them with the ability to look at life through rose colored glasses with positive energy and a refusal to be deﬁned by your obstacles in life. She also found great joy later in life with great nephew Dylan and great nieces Charli and Hadli.
Jackie leaves behind her husband John Douglas (Doug) Hurd. Their 36 years together of love, unending support and appreciation for each other brought Jackie a lifetime of happiness. One brother, Jay Summerlin, Sister-in-Law Jennifer Summerlin, Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law - Todd and Jennifer Hurd, Mother-in-law Jackie N. Hurd, Father-in-Law John M. Hurd and his wife Ann. She was proceeded in death by parents Jack and Nellie Summerlin and her sister Janet Summerlin Cowan.
A memorial service will be at Roller Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of ﬂowers, Jackie’s family and friends prefer you to contribute to her memory with a donation to the Jackie Summerlin Hurd Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Dietetic Internship Program at Ouachita Baptist University.
There are two ways to donate, https://obu.edu/development/give. Please be sure to indicate the exact wording above under “instructions for your gift”. Or, you can mail a donation to Ouachita Baptist University, P.O. Box 3754, Arkadelphia, AR 71998. Please indicate on your check the speciﬁc scholarship information above.