Jackie was born in Seattle on December 29, 1929 to Francis and Addie Haw and brought up in Rainier Valley. Before Jackie graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1947, she won many city-wide awards in oratory, debate and writing. She participated in theater, held various leadership roles, and was crowned princess and queen various times. Jackie stayed in close contact with her high school classmates. She continued her education at Seattle College (now Seattle University).
She met and married Jim Rafferty in 1950 and they settled into a tiny house next to her parents. Following the birth of their third child, they bought a large, classic house on Queen Anne Hill which Jackie continued to live in for 62 years. Jackie’s home was her pride and joy and home to their seven children. In addition to caring for her large family, she became a skillful painter, seamstress, gardener and active church member. When the kids moved away, Jackie welcomed many foreign university students into her residence. She nurtured lifelong relationships with many students introducing them to American culture with her kindness. She was employed at Salladay’s Standard Pharmacy for many years. Being a lifelong learner, she traveled to many of the world’s most famous and historic places.
Jackie, 91, died peacefully on May 22, 2021 at Bayview Retirement Community in the company of her loving family. She is survived by daughters Leslie Feaster, Nancy Riedel, Karole Schurman, Mary Bugenski, Julie Rafferty; sons Donovan and Jimmy Rafferty; their respective spouses; brother Frank Haw, 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and niece/nephews Gwen, Michael and Gregory Haw. She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Jim Rafferty.