Obit: Jacquelyn Thomas HartleyJan 9th, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Obituaries
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) family is deeply saddened by the passing of FAMU alumna Jacquelyn Thomas Hartley, the wife of Col. (Ret) Brodes H. Hartley.
Jacquelyn Thomas Hartley’s wake was held Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church located at 8900 SW 168th St., Palmetto Bay, Fla 33157. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. at Christ Fellowship. The repast will occur at Palmetto Bay Village Center located at 18001 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Individuals can send their expressions of sympathy to Col. (Ret) Brodes H. Hartley Jr. and Family, 19338 SW 80th Court, Cutler Bay, Fla. 33157.
A native of Madison, Fla., Jacquelyn Thomas Hartley earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from FAMU in 1956. She earned her master’s degree in maternal and child nursing from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in education administration from Florida State University. Her first job was at the FAMU Hospital, where she excelled as a graduate nurse. She was licensed on her first sitting on the Registered Nursing Examination. Her scores were in the 19th percentile.
Hartley had a distinguished nursing career. Her professional experience included many years of working for the Federal government and state of Florida. Hartley served as an associate professor at FAMU from 1982-1984. She had advanced from faculty to chairperson to associate dean. She served twice as acting dean during her tenure. She retired from Florida International University as a special projects officer.
Her honors and awards included the following: Distinguished Fellow Award and the Gallery of Distinction at FAMU, one of FAMU’s 125 Outstanding Alumni, The Black Employees Arad at Florida International University, the Family Christian Association of America Inc., and the Black Achievers Award. She was the first African-American president of the District 5 Florida Nursing Association.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The Girlfriends and The Holidays. She was also involved with the Parent-Teacher Association for her grandchildren from elementary school through high school.
Hartley was very active in her community. She volunteered at Community Health Inc. of South Florida in the Human Resources Department and Family Medicine. She faithfully volunteered at Christ Fellowship Church in the nursery, on the health committee as well as served as greeter on Sunday mornings and prepared folders for service. Her home often served as a regular meeting place for the South Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.
She was a loyal FAMUan who knew at a very early age that she was destined to attend FAMU, a place where her mother, sisters and brothers attended. During her FAMU Freshmen Orientation Week, she met her future husband, Col. Hartley. They married after dating for four years and had been married for 55 years. The couple had two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She leaves to mourn her passing a loving and devoted husband Col. Brodes H. Hartley II of Palmetto Bay; two children Cmndr. Brodes Hartley III, and Jacquelyn Hartley White both of Miami; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. A loving sister Cheryl Thomas-Tate of Las Vegas, Nev., aunts, uncles, numerous friends, and extended family also survived her.