Jacqueline was born to Floyd Stewart Garrett and Ruby Ruth Garrett on May 27, 1935, in Hillsboro, Texas. She died peacefully on September 16, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. Jacque was welcomed to her Heavenly home by her loving God, her Lord and Savior Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Jacqueline and Douglas J. Bamberger were married in Blanco, Texas, on September 13, 1997. They celebrated their special love and recent anniversary with dinner in San Marcos.
Jacque had a deep abiding faith in God. Her particular vocation in service to the Lord was love, particularly loving and caring for children. She and her young daughter, Deborah (Debbie) Kay Garrett, moved to Houston in 1958. She later married Gilbert Clem Watt who had three young children, Mary Kathleen, Gilbert Carl, and Frances Dee. They also had a child of their own, Charles Randall Watt. Later Debbie’s child, Daniel Stewart Chamblee II, came to live under her care. Currently, Daniel III, has been experiencing her love and care. Jacque also accepted and loved Doug’s children as her own. She has also loved and tended several other children along the way, including Bobby and Beth Wessner.
Jacque loved animals of all sorts and as a girl brought many strays home to nurture. Her love of animals was apparent in her life as she always had an assortment of critters – dogs, cats, birds, and more. She also enjoyed feeding and watching hummingbirds.
Jacque loved and enjoyed life and she imparted this to all she encountered. She spent many years working at Blanco Hardware store and many locals knew and loved her. Her cheerful response to life infected all. Her life was lived well and her compassion for children and animals in need reflected the love of God.
Jacque was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Floyd Wendoll Garrett, and also her daughter Deborah.
Jacqueline Bamberger is survived by her loving husband, Doug; four children, Kathleen Smith and husband Rollin of Palestine, Texas; Gib Watt and wife Elizabeth of New Braunfels, Texas; Dee Davis and husband Randy of Tomball, Texas; and Randy Watt and wife Kim of Blanco, Texas and Doug’s children Andrew Stotts of Austin, Texas; Jarrel Bamberger and wife Glenda of Blanco, Texas; and Casey Bamberger of Blanco, Texas. Surviving grandchildren: Loretta Young and husband Kurt of Lufkin, Texas; Daniel Chamblee II of Blanco, Texas; Heather Pacheco and husband Raul of Lewisville, Texas; Jonathan Watt of New Braunfels, Texas; Eileen Rigsby and husband Ben of Carroll Springs, Texas; Timothy Davis and fiancé Faith Kopesec of College Station, Texas; Kirby Davis of Austin, Texas; and Lyndsey, Kristen and Riley Watt of Blanco, Texas. She was proud to be the great-grandmother of Nathan and Jonathan Young, Daniel Chamblee III, Nicholas, Matthew, and Gabriella Pacheco, Caleb Rigsby, and Cielo and Serenity Bamberger. She is also survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
In keeping with Jacque’s wishes, a memorial service, in celebration of her life, was held at First Baptist Church, Blanco, Texas, on Saturday September 18, 2010 at 2 p.m. with Rusty Hicks officiating. Anyone desiring to give a memorial in honor of Jacque’s life may do so to the Kendalia Wildlife Rescue, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the American Cancer Society.