Jackie Lynn (Kleinhesselink) Ahlers was born on August 9, 1967 at the US Naval Hospital on Guam, the daughter of Arthur Kleinhesselink and Janet Ann "Jan" (Scott) Kleinhesselink (1938-2009).

She was raised in San Diego, California and graduated from Our Lady of Peace Catholic High School in 1985. Two years later she joined the army in June, and after her training, she was stationed in Augburg, Germany, where she met and was married to John R Ahlers about 1989.

When she got out of the army, she raised her three children all over the world as a military spouse: The family spent three years in Korea, ten in Germany and another four years stateside on assignments, ending at Fort Campbell in 2014.

Over the years, she continually gave back to the military community, by serving in numerous positions, including Girl Scout Leader, FRG Leader, Catholic Sunday School Teacher, Army Family Team Building Instructor, Master Resilience Training Instructor, and most recently as the Fort Campbell Spouses Club's Retiree Chair and PGR Ride Captain.

Preceded in death by her mother, Jackie was survived by her husband; two sons; a married daughter; her father; and a brother.

She was a resident of Clarksville, Tennessee when she died on December 16, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville.

Funeral Services were held at the Chapel of Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, and burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.