Jaquine Hudson Bly was born in Dallas, Texas, March 23, 1947. Her parents, Jack Wilson Hudson and Ocea Woodall, preceded her in death in 2003 and 2013.
She attended school in Waco, Texas, and graduated from Plano High School in Plano Texas. She attended Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma exploring majors in costume design, math, botany and English literature. She probably could have received a PhD in physics after typing a generation of dissertations. Throughout her life she was quietly biting her tongue as the smartest person in the room. She was an avid reader, and could type over 170 words a minute.
She married Fred Binkley in 1966, and from the marriage had two daughters, Susan and Morgan. After their divorce, she married Robert Littell in 1969, and from this marriage two sons were born, Paul and Boyd Gee. In 1988, she married Dragan Milivojevic, and they studied and traveled around the world. In 2004, she married Jeff Bly. Undoubtedly, she loved all of her husbands. Each one presented a different chapter in her life with lots of adventures, laughter and heartbreak. However, the last ten years of her life the only man's picture she had in her bedroom was Mohammed Ali.
She lived most of her life in Norman Oklahoma, working for the University of Oklahoma for forty years in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physical Education and Education and Recreation, the Office of the Dean of Engineering; Office of the Vice President for University Development; College of Liberal Studies Dean's Office. Her last five years at the University she was Managing Editor of Governance, a journal that published international research in political science and public administration.
Her artistry spanned the mediums and included: sewing- all kinds of needlework, crocheting, knitting, drawing, painting, piano, and singing. Her family always knew they could go to her with a creative project, and she could devise a plan that would succeed. She made all of our Halloween costumes, ballet costumes, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses, sweaters, quilts, dolls, baby blankets, curtains... you name it, she could make it.
Our mother was the coolest. It all started with her as the eldest sibling of seven and a young mother of four maturing at the same time as the cultural revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s. She took her children to see Jimi Hendrix at the Fieldhouse. She brought us drama, Bob Dylan, Monty Python, poetry, Beatles, Carl Larsson, CSNY, Stevie Wonder, Mark Rothko, Steve Martin, Sly and the Family Stone, Keith Jarrett, Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss... One day she came home with a 45 single of a song she had just heard on the radio, the Police's Roxanne. She instilled in her children a responsibility to be forthright and to strive for equanimity. The empathy and lessons of her generation living through the civil rights and women's movement and the Vietnam war were imparted to her children. The worst advice she ever gave was to discourage us from learning how to type. She wanted more for her daughters than to be someone's assistant as she had been all of her professional life... quietly biting her tongue.
Jaquine died on March 13, 2023, after a sudden illness. Preceding her in death were her four husbands, and with much sorrow her two beautiful and beloved sons, Paul Hatcher Littell in 1993, and Boyd Gee Littell in 2017. She often discussed whether or not it was karma or the fragility of the Littell DNA that contributed to the loss of such beautiful and talented men. She was a true atheist with a sprinkling of Buddhism, but it is still impossible to reckon with losing both of your sons. Surviving her are her highly educated and opinionated daughters who are a direct result of a lifetime of Jaquine's love, compassion, advice, musical and artistic influence, mistakes and accomplishments: Susan and Jeff Greer and their daughter Keever; Morgan Rogers and her two children and grandchild, Andre Lloyd, Marley Grace Rogers, Lydia S. Lloyd. Also surviving are her sisters and brother: Cynthia Joette Hudson and John Reed, their daughter Astrud Jaquin and grandson Paul; Patti Hudson and Greg Matson, Melody and Rick Perez and their children Bethany Liles, Michelle Dews and Sara Perez; Celena and Craig Downey; Alexander "Zandy" Allen, Mary Pat Allen and Dave Manginelli and her son, Alex Cunningham.