Jacqueline A. Brous (nee Landis) passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of November 11, 2020 at the age of 85. She was the beloved daughter of John Landis and Anna Swedlige (formerly Landis), and older sister of John Edward Landis. She was the beloved wife of Ellis Ronald Brous. They were married for 54 wonderful years. Jackie is survived by her children, Kristy, her son-in-law Ken and son, Paul, as well as her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bruce and Susan. She is also survived by many friends whom she loved dearly and considered family. She was predeceased by her parents, John Landis and Anna Swedlige (formerly Landis); her brother, John Edward Landis; and by her oldest son, Ronald Scott Brous.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, she enjoyed a childhood spent attending church, teaching Sunday school and playing basketball for the girls’ basketball team at Eden United Methodist Church, and spending lots of time with family and friends. Jackie attended Kensington Girls High School and forged a career in clerical work and then as a key punch operator. After marrying, she took time away to raise her family and then returned to work part-time in her local community of West Chester, PA.
Throughout her life, Jackie was always ready with a laugh and a supportive ear, whether she knew you personally or not. She was a deeply loving, caring and compassionate person, both for people and animals alike. Jackie and Ron’s first “baby” was a beautiful glossy-coated Irish Setter named Kelly, whom they would take with them on camping trips and for long car rides. Everyone who knew Jackie always said how sweet, kind and thoughtful she was, especially the wonderful staff of the care home where she spent her final years.
Jackie loved to travel with her husband, particularly in the early years of their marriage, and she relished their memories of traveling to Canada, Hawaii, and to the New Jersey shore. Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May were huge personal favorites of theirs, and Jackie and Ron savored having dinner at the Lobster House in Cape May each time they visited. They rented a motor home in the mid-eighties with their children two years in a row and visited numerous locations in the great State of Virginia.
Donating to charitable organizations including the S.P.C.A., the World Wildlife Fund and many local non-profits was near and dear to her heart.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held on Saturday, November 21st at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. The viewing will be held from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, followed by the service at 11:00 am. The burial will immediately follow at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Newark, DE. Masks are required and seating for the service will be limited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT, or to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust in Cold Spring, KY