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Jacqueline Fisher Brunskill January 9, 1925 – January 3, 2012 Jacqueline "Jackie" Brunskill passed away just 6 days before her 87th birthday at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Los Angeles, the only child of Jacques "Jake" Fisher and Marguerite Jones Fisher, and grew up in Highland Park. Her father owned a Ford truck dealership, and her mother owned a dry goods store. She attended Luther Burbank Junior High School and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. During the Second World War, she worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau at Mines Field, which is now Los Angeles International Airport. She married Milo Stamen Brunskill on June 23, 1945, after which Milo graduated from the University of Southern California and became an engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jackie and Milo built their first house by themselves on weekends in Hermosa Beach, where they had three sons. They built another house in Rolling Hills Estates, and moved there in 1960. Tragically, Milo died suddenly of a heart attack in 1962, and Jackie was left to raise her three sons alone. She became a successful realtor and investor for the next 50 years, first in Hermosa Beach, and later in Rolling Hills Estates and Mariposa. She was an active member of the Parent Teacher Associations at her childrens' schools, and served as PTA president at Dapplegray Intermediate School. On March 7, 1980, Jackie married Vernon "Vern" Moye. His children and grandchildren loved her very much and became an important part of her life. Together, Jackie and Vern purchased and ran a real estate office and a cattle ranch in Mariposa, an historic gold mining town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. They enjoyed having many friends and relatives come from Southern California to visit them at the ranch, where they could fish and swim in the lake, hike, pan for gold in the creek, visit the abandoned miner's shack and gold mine on the ranch, hunt for pioneer artifacts, and visit Yosemite National Park. Jackie was widowed a second time when Vern died suddenly of a heart attack in 1990. After that, she spent most of her time at her home in Rolling Hills Estates, while maintaining and visiting her ranch in Mariposa. Jackie was an avid traveler. She took her sons on many camping trips to state and national parks when they were growing up, and visited several countries in Europe, as well as Egypt, Colombia and Hong Kong. She was especially proud of her Irish heritage, passed down to her from her father's mother, and her most special trip was to Ireland to see where her grandmother was born in the town of Cootehill, County Cavan. Jackie was a devoted and passionate member of the Woman's Club of Redondo Beach since 1946, where she held every office, including President. She had many lifelong friends who were also members. Jackie was preceded in death by her youngest granddaughter, Emma Brunskill. She is survived by her sons: Bradley Brunskill of Rolling Hills Estates; Michael Brunskill of Cranbury, New Jersey; John Brunskill of Mariposa; daughter-in-law Colleen Cahill, granddaughter Rebecca Brunskill, and grandson Lucas Brunskill, all of Cranbury, New Jersey. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Interment will follow the next day at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar. A celebration of her life will take place at the Woman's Club of Redondo Beach, 400 South Broadway (corner of Pearl), on Sunday afternoon, January 29, 2012 beginning at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Woman's Club of Redondo Beach would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. My dearest Jackie you were one of a kind and ment more to me than you will ever know. I will miss you so much and feel for your family for the loss in their lives. Rest in peace Love Diana

  2. The Best of the Best has left the rest. I did not know I needed you in my life, till there you were making it so much better. Till we meet again in the greatest sisterhood of all, I pray for your dear family who loves you so very much. The Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach and The California Federation of Woman’s Clubs who in Sept. celebrated you as a 65 Year member will have an empty spot impossible to fill. All My Love, Sheila Kutkus

  3. Jacqueline Brunskill, a kind and wonderful person who will be missed and it was with a sad heart to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers will always be with her

  4. A true treasure is lost to us, JACKIE was a special lady and our lives were richer for having her as a dear friend. Shug

  5. Jackie was a force to be reckoned with and had a heart of gold. Jackie, we know you are looking over your home on Catalina that you have graciously let us make our own. Peace be with family and friends that had the honor to know Jackie.

  6. There are but just a rare few opportunities one is allowed in their lifetime to associate themselves with a phenomenon. Jackie Brunskill qualified as ours. With a heart of Platinum and the grit of iron she was always a lady. Her generosity was only overshadowed by her sincerity as she let everyone in her life know that they mattered to her. Jackie… you are a very loved spirit and we will feel the energy of your love for a very long time to come.

  7. Tears are flowing with the fondest of memories of my years growing up with the beautiful Brunskill family. Mike, Brad, and of course John, you are all in my hearts as I remember fondly your caring, warm, and gentle mom. I especially loved her genuine and loving smile and all the 4-H days we spent together at your home. Love to all. Kim Curran Whichard

  8. To All The Brunskill Family–We send our condolences, thoughts, & prayers on your loss. Over the years, Jackie became a wonderful friend of the Cahill family and we enjoyed many family gatherings with her. She will be greatly missed by all. Ron & Marianne Cahill

  9. Brad and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My dad died last year and so I have a sense of your grief and sadness. Although I never met your mom, her obituary described a woman who lived life to the fullest. May she rest in peace.

  10. Jackie will be sorely missed by everyone who met and knew her. Jackie and I met several years ago as I was scouting for a home for buyer client of mine. In the neighborhood I was searching, I pulled ownership from the County Recorders Office and the firt one that came up was Jackie. Her phone number in Rolling Hills was listed and I called the number. That was a long time ago but Jackie and I met (I sold two of her Fresno Properties) and we stayed in touch over the years. It was always a bright spot in my day when I saw an incoming email from Jackie or a response email from her. While we were miles apart, we stayed in touch and I will never forget this delightful and smart woman who, while a Realtor herself, hired me to be her Fresno Realtor. I know all of her family will miss her too and I ask Gods Blessings on each of you in your loss. I wish it were possible for me to attend her service but with other appointments already scheduled, I cannot be there in person but I will be in spirit. Thank you Family for contacing all of Jackie’s friends, including me. Blessings be upon you. Carole Snow Jacoby Fresno, Ca.

  11. I met Jackie when I was starting out far from home and family, in my profession as a veterinarian, working with her son, Brad. Jackie was always so supportive and caring of everything Brad did, and always made me feel welcome in her lovely home. She was a sharp lady and obviously had a busy, productive life, but she always found the time to make you smile. She was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. She will live on in the hearts of those who knew her and the legacy of her family will continue to touch the world. Rest in Peace, Jackie. Love, Marianne

  12. Jackie was the epitome of grace and elegance, kindness and caring. If we all follow in her footsteps, the world will be a better place. Our condolences to her family, she will live in our hearts forever. Hal and Beverly Butters Compton

  13. Dear Brad, John, Mike and family, We were devastated to hear of Jackie’s passing. It must be so difficult for you all to come to terms with losing her so suddenly. Jackie and my mother were friends for over 45 years and we spent so many happy times together. She was generous, kind, helpful and the best friend anyone could wish for. She was one of the finest human beings we were privileged to know. Jackie always thought of helping others and brought sunshine into the lives of everyone she met. Jackie was loved and will be sorely missed by so many. We often think about all the times we spent together and will remember her always. We regret that since we are in London we will not be able to attend services but you are in our thoughts and prayers, With love and sympathy, Marta and Lana

  14. To echo someone else’s words…Jackie was the epitome of grace, elegance, kindness of heart, a caring soul, generous with her time, and welcomed all into her home. We met her through mutual friends, and she ended up helping my husband and I purchase our first home. We are deeply saddened by this news of her passing, and our prayers are with her family and closest of friends. Her love for life and her vivaciousness have been, and always will be, an inspiration to us. Be with God, Jackie. With much love, The Joy Family

  15. I knew Jackie as Chairman of our “Sunshine Committee” for the Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach. I will always treasure the card & note she sent me when my mother passed away in October 2010. She didn’t just send cards. She would buy groceries or do what ever was needed to help. She will be greatly missed!

  16. Jacqueline was my cousin. I have many fond memories of spending our childhood playing on the beach and at family gatherings. The last time we shared together was at our home in Meadow Vista. Our condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  17. I’ve known Jackie for the last three yrs I’ve been taking care of her best friend Mrs. Ruth Miller..Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of a loving mother a grandmother and a caring friend..I miss her kindness and her beautiful smile..Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with Brad and the family..Sincerely, Sylvia Funaki

  18. Just recvd news today via the local Mariposa paper. Chris and I are very sorry to learn of your loss. We send thoughts of peace and courage to our friend John and the entire Brunskill family.

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