Jacqueline M. "Jackie" Pickett, 68, Sheridan, passed away Friday morning, June 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.

She was born March 5, 1951 in Portland, Ind. to the late John R. Hodgson and Paulette Alice (Germain) Whiteman.

After graduating from Portland High School with the Class of 1969, she went on to earn her BS in Mathematics Education, along with a minor in Home Economics from Ball State University. She later earned her Master's Degree in dducation from IUPUI.

On June 2, 1973, she married the love of her life Gordon Lee Pickett. Mr. Pickett survives.

Mrs. Pickett, as she was known by the many students who had her as a teacher, was very passionate about working with kids. For more than 32 years she taught junior high advanced math, calculus, and family / consumer sciences for the Sheridan Community School System. For many of those years she was a cheerleading coach and sponsor, as well as a dedicated band booster and supporter of the Marching Blackhawks. She also taught as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Ivy Tech in Noblesville for several years.

She never stopped being an educator. While her own children were growing up she spent a number of years as a 4-H leader for Hamilton County. It was always about the kids – whether it was in her class or one of the extracurricular activities she was involved in, making sure the focus was on the kids was very important to Mrs. Pickett. Everyone has those special teachers in their lives that make a lasting impression; she was one of those.

Mrs. Pickett was a strong woman of faith. God, family and friends directed her life. She was a member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, where she was very active in the choir. She was also a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority.

Crafting and sewing were a few of her hobbies, but spending time with her family was by far her favorite activity. She loved going on family vacations, especially if it took them in the direction of either the Outer Banks or Disney World. She also stayed very active in her grandchildren's activities.

Survivors other than her husband include her two daughters, Kristin Rae (Bruce) Pickett-McClain of Fishers and Erica Germain (Daniel) Pickett-Knuckles  of Zanesville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Raegan McMullan, Rylan McMullan, Abigail "Abby" McMullan, Ainslie McClain, Lillian Knuckles, Remmington Knuckles and Elizabeth "Betty" Knuckles; three brothers, Larry (Patty) Simons of Seatle, Wash., David (Jackie) Simons of Delavan, Wisc. and Phil (Karen) Simons of Dayton; two sisters, Michelle Spahr of Carmel and Virginia "Ginny" Fennig of Redkey, Ind.; her sister-in-law, Lynn Simons; and by the many students who were forunate to have her as a teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Laura Lee Pickett; stepfather, Burl V. Whiteman; brother, Gene Simons; and by her father- and mother-in-law, Bryce and Betty Jo Pickett.

Services are scheduled for Friday morning at the First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Carol Fritz will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church.