Jackie Billings

PASSAGES 2014: GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Left to right: Tony Gwynn, Michele Tarbet, Aubrey Dunne, Duane Stainston, Penny Halgren, Joe Drew

December 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County lost community leaders, a sports star, a former elected official, business owners and beloved volunteers in 2014.  Some were well-known, such as Padres Hall of Famer and Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn, ex-school board member Penny Halgren, Drew Ford patriarch Joe Drew and Grossmont Hospital CEO Michele Tarbet. Others were active in nonprofits, politics, schools and other community endeavors, such as Council candidate and Save ECPAC volunteer Duane Swainstom or beloved teacher Aubrey Dunne.  Some weren’t well known, but their deaths made headlines and pulled at our heartstrings, including as missing persons, a military pilot and young people lost in the prime of their lives due to tragic circumstances.

SANTEE MOM, STARBUCKS WORKER BRAIN DEAD FROM MENINGITIS

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

February 17, 2014 (Santee) – Jackie Billings, mother of three, has been declared brain dead from meningitis, 10 News reports.  She worked at a Santee Starbucks and had been fighting the flu for a couple of weeks before being admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital, her husband told 10 News.

Twelve hours later, the meningitis had spread to her spine and left her brain dead, though she remains on life support so that her organs may be donated.