Jacque Jerome wasn’t a baseball fan. Or a soccer fan. Or a rodeo fan.
But she was fanatical about her children.
When they fell in love with those activities, so did she. She didn’t hide that passion either. No matter what any of her five kids were doing, playing basketball or racing barrels or anything in between, she would be there hootin’ and hollerin’.
“She was so loud,” her oldest, KT King, said, “but she was proud.”
Now, her kids are wondering who will be their biggest cheerleader.
Jacque was killed in a car accident Sunday.
As the summer sports season cranks up with leagues and camps a plenty, bad Little League parents will undoubtedly land in the headlines. But the truth is, there are tons of parents who will do it right. Miles will be driven. Games will be watched. Snacks will be packed. Uniforms will be washed.
Kids will be supported by parents not expecting any fanfare, just doing what they believe parents are supposed to do.
That’s what Jacque did.
For a lot of years, all of her attention was on KT But when he was 8 or 9, Jacque and husband, James, decided they wanted another child. Several attempts eventually led them to fertility treatments.
The treatments worked — Jacque got pregnant with quadruplets. Jaedyn, Kallyn, Hayden and Ayren were born on Father’s Day 2000.
Somehow, even though Jacque went from one child to five children, she still managed to be every bit as involved. She made every event, every match, every game.
“She was that mom,” KT said.
Kallyn got involved in barrel racing the past few years, and any time she competed, Jacque would record it on her iPad. As soon as Kallyn would cross the start line, the only thing you could hear on the recordings was Jacque’s voice.
“Kick!” she’d scream.
“Go!” she’d yell.
A few years ago, KT became a big soccer fan. He’d never really cared much about the sport, but when he went to Oklahoma State, he became enamored with it. Became a member of the U.S. national fan club, the American Outlaws. Even went all the way to Columbus, Ohio, last fall to watch the World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
After the U.S. won that match, KT and his fiancé, Corie Stewart, were walking back to the car when his phone rang.
It was Jacque.
“We’re goin’ to Brazil!” she hollered.
Jacque’s love and passion resonated not only with her children but also with other people’s kids. It was routine for her to have the quads and four other kids in her van. It was common for several extra kids to be at the family’s small farmhouse between Perry and Orlando.