This obituary, written by Beth Marschak, went out with the RFL Flyer:
It is with great sadness that we tell of the death of Jacqulyn Benita Singleton on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Jacqui participated with Richmond Lesbian-Feminists and many other LGBTQ groups, as well as other community groups over the years, and was a good friend to many of us, including me.
Jacqui was multi-talented: a singer-songwriter, author, playwright, director and organizer. She performed by singing and playing her guitar at the first Richmond Lesbian and Gay Pride festival in 1979, and continued to play a part in those festivals for many years. She was a co-founder of Richmond Triangle Players. Jacqui wrote several published novels including several sword and sorcery tales with a lesbian heroine.
She also wrote plays, and in 1992 directed her play “Manny and Jake” as the first RTP production. Jacqui also
produced and directed a number of plays, including her own work and that of others, through her production company JERA Productions. For New Year’s Eve 1999 and the beginning of 2000, she and her band performed at the RLF
New Year’s Eve Party to bring in the millennium. She was also actively involved with several church groups, most recently MCC Richmond.
Jacqui grew up in Tidewater Virginia, and was a theatre major graduate from Longwood College in 1977. After she came to Richmond, she was part of a group known as the Jazz Ladies. There is so much more to her story than this brief overview. She had declining health in the last few years, and had a heart attack while going to perform with the MCC
choral group “The Spirits of Joy.”
Jacqui was truly a spirit of joy to many of us. We already miss her.