Jackie Wright passed away Saturday July 24, 2010, after a short and courageous battle of cancer.
Jacquelyn K. "Jackie" Wright was born September 23, 1944, to Jack and Ruth Wright in McPherson, Kan. As a child they moved a few places in Kansas and lived in Hyannis, Neb. before moving to Sidney, Neb. Jackie attended grade school and high school in Sidney, graduating in 1963. After high school, she moved back to McPherson, Kan., and attended college at McPherson College until May 1965.
Jackie worked at Sheets Adams Realty while in college. She moved back to Sidney for two years and worked various jobs until moving to Reno, Nev., in 1967. She worked as a motel clerk and in 1968 went to work for Barker & Taylor, a yellow cab taxi company. She took a break from that and worked at Humpty Dumpty Nursery and in 1973 went back to work for the taxi company. She also worked at an alarm company as well.
On October 8, 1978, a son, David Alexander Butler, was born in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She and David remained in Nevada until May of 1979 when they moved back to Sidney. In July of 1979, she began working for Ken Foland at Foland Farm Machinery, where she worked until the time of her death.
Her farmers at work knew her to be a very smart, knowledgeable person about Ago-Allis machines and could find the parts they needed to get them going again. They were greeted with a "what the hell do you need?" as they walked through the door. She'd have coffee made and cookies waiting, although as the years went by the cookies weren't always homemade.
She was a very quiet and private person and sometimes could come across as harsh. As we were thinking about things and remembering, it occurred to us that she is a lot like Shrek the Ogre. He refers to himself as an onion with layers and when you get past the layers, there really is a heart of gold.
Jackie spent her life doing things for others and didn't want to be noticed or recognized. She spent the winter and spring months making silk flower arrangements and on Memorial Day morning, before anyone else was out, she would go to the cemetery and decorate graves of those that had nothing.
The neighborhood kids loved living next door to Jackie as she always has special home made treats waiting for them. At the holidays, her favorite neighborhood kids would get fancy decorated bags with extra special treats inside. The kids especially loved their hand made and decorated treat bags from Jackie. David remembers that while growing up, all the kids in the neighborhood would knock on their door to have their bubble containers refilled, as Jackie always kept a stash.
She took great pride and joy in her grandchildren: Kelcey, Katie and Lukas Butler. She spent hours thrift store shopping for them and making sure they always had enough clothes and toys. The kids especially loved the big decorated birthday boxes they would get delivered. They were always so excited to open them and see what was inside. Jackie LOVED wrapping gifts and they were always so nice and pretty, complete with ribbons and bows. As our kids stated, "grama jk spoiled us." Not so sure JK would agree though as she had to "lower" herself for a trip to the John Deere store when her grandson was born! She said the guys out there will NEVER let her live that down.
Grama Jackie really had a soft spot for her little ones. Even the ones that were not hers. She always asked how Michelle's nieces and nephews were doing and asked for pictures of them. We tried to send monthly pictures so she could see Maraya, Carson and Dawson grow. She left us to soon to get to see baby Anabelle's picture but apparently bragged about her to, as we've had people ask us how she's doing and also people knew that there is another baby on the way, a baby brother or sister for Maraya and Carson. Guess she was a grama to many!
She held a special place in her heart for David's friends, Craig Bruner, Jr., and Travis Glanz. She still carried their senior pictures in her purse. Jackie spent many years keeping the farmers of Cheyenne County in line and their machinery running!
Grateful for having shared her life are her son, David and his wife, Michelle, and Kelcey, Katie and Lukas Butler, all of Philip, S.D.; her mother, Ruth Wright and a brother, Bruce Wright, of Sidney Neb; a very special friend who was like a sister, Billie Jo Teasley of Sparks, Nev; her dear old friend and long-time employer, Ken Foland and family of Sidney, Neb.; special friends, Craig Bruner, Jr., and family and Travis Glanz and family, all of Sidney.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Wright, and an infant brother. A memorial service was held Friday, July 30, 2010, at First Christian Church in Sidney Neb.
A memorial is established to Cool Kids Club, an educational kids program, in Sidney, Neb.