Jacqueline Lee (Carley) Root passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021 at her home in Pine Grove after a 14-month battle with breast cancer. She was 57.
Jacqueline was born on April 9, 1964, in Oakdale, California to Fern Frances Tweeten of Washburn, North Dakota and Jack Robert Carley of San Andreas, California. As a young girl, Jackie’s father nicknamed her “Tiny” because Jackie was always so small. Growing up she split her time between both North Dakota and California. In Washburn, North Dakota she enjoyed spending time with her half-brothers: Mark, Wayne and David; in addition to her mother and aunts. She won numerous ribbons in both 4-H and track and field races during her time in North Dakota. After the sudden passing of her mother Fern in 1978, Jackie moved to California to be with her father Jack and her little twin sisters, Christy and Misty, in Calaveras County. Jackie attended Calaveras High School where she continued to run track. She was known for always being cheerful, friendly and quick to think the best of everyone; “she always had a smile on her face and she’d talk to anyone” recalls Roger Root, class of 1981 at Calaveras, “I would skip class to talk to her during her typing class.” Jackie was known to drive her dad’s lifted Chevy four-wheel drive truck to high school – a big truck for someone called “Tiny.” A devoted older sister, Jackie spent a large portion of her adolescence and high school years caring for her little sisters between school and work. After graduating Calaveras High School in 1983, Jackie was the manager at Tony’s Pizzeria in Jackson. She and Roger Root of West Point became engaged on June 14, 1985, after a courtship where Jackie made clear that her little sisters whom she watched, had to tag along on their dates – an example of Jaqueline’s love and care. Roger and Jaqueline were married one year later at San Andreas Community Covenant Church on June 14, 1986. The happy couple honeymooned in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their first born, Kristen Danielle, was born on January 30, 1990. While her husband was busy building his career in Cal Fire, Jackie was busy homemaking, and they were blessed with another daughter in July of 1993, Kelsey Lynn. She and her young family moved to Pine Grove in 1995, where she has resided since. Jackie was a prominent member of her church New Life Christian Center, in Sutter Creek. She is remembered as being a welcoming and friendly face who always said her hello’s and asked how everyone was – she was quick to strike up conversations with people and always wanted to know how you were doing. If anyone missed a Sunday or stopped attending, Jacqueline would make sure they knew that she missed their presence on Sunday mornings; Jackie cared. On March 1, 1999, Jackie gave birth to her son Kristopher Alan, completing her family. More than anything, Jacqueline cared about her family. Her three children were the pride and joy of her life. Her favorite movie was “Grease,” which she had seen “about 10 times” (more like ten-hundred!). She loved coffee, sunflowers, the color pink and Chinese food. She was a woman pure of heart. Jacqueline loved freely, openly, genuinely and joyfully. She is survived by her husband Roger; her daughters Kristen (30), Kelsey (28) and son Kristopher (22); as well as her brothers, Mark, Wayne, and David Lelm, and sisters Christy Carley Erwin and Misty Carley Bach.
Jaqueline Lee (Carley) Root’s memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday August 14, 2021 at New Life Christian Center. A catered reception will follow. Anyone who knew and loved her is welcome to attend.