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Jackie Coombs

May 8, 1936 — May 31, 2023

Jackie Coombs passed away on May 31, 2023 while being cared for at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh NY, where she had been residing since April of 2021. She was born on May 8, 1936 in Saranac Lake, the daughter of Francis and Agnes (Humphrey) Dumont. She attended Saranac Lake Central School and graduated in 1954. She married her husband of 62 years; Howard Coombs on April 16, 1955 in St Bernard’s Church. They raised their family and made their home in Saranac Lake. Howard and Jackie purchased Coombs Auto Body Shop in the mid 60's and owned and operated it together until Howard's retirement in 1991. In addition to her bookkeeping at the body shop, she worked at NY Telephone as a switchboard operator and Parnell Shoe Salon as a salesperson. However, her favorite job was being a library assistant at both Petrova Elementary and Middle Schools where she enjoyed working with the students and staff.

Following her retirement in 1997, she and her husband traveled and enjoyed visiting family both in the US and Canada, and spent winters in St. Augustine, Florida. She always enjoyed gardening, camping trips and spending time at their camp in Fish Creek Park.

Jackie is survived by her brother Francis Dumont, three children Terry Coombs, Lynn Bacan and Cathleen (Bert/Rouse) Fountain,her grandchildren Carly (Darian) Crosby, Andrew Bacan (Lexie), Emily Fountain (Drew), Abbey Fountain and one great grandson Booker McCabe Crosby (expected in June 2023).

She is also survived by her sister-in-law, who was more like a sister to her, Vera (Bill) Rusak.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Howard.

The family wants to thank the caregivers: Sally, Joey, Donna, Renee, and Lea and special friends and neighbors for keeping Jackie safe and allowing her to stay in her home for as long as possible.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Calling hours will take place on Friday July 7, 2023 at 10:30am at St. Bernard’s Church followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00am. Burial will be private and take place at the convenience of the family.

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