Jessie Tibbs Keckler
Jessie Tibbs Keckler, 68, of Eagle Butte, S.D., passed away on November 29, 2012, at Pierre.
Jessie Tibbs was born in Pierre on November 10, 1944, one of five children of Esther "Boyd" Tibbs and Ancel Tibbs. She attended rural schools until eighth grade when she moved in with her grandmother and attended Stanley County High School, where she graduated. She attended Black Hills State University where she received her degree in education.
She married her husband of 46 years, Jerry Keckler, on August 18, 1966, in Pierre.
Jessie then began her 39-year teaching career with the CEB School System. Upon her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer she retired in 2010 to spend time with her family.
Jessie was a founding board member of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and her greatest accomplishment was seeing the doors open to the South Dakota Rodeo Center.
She attended the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Butte and was a member of the United Church of Christ of Eagle Butte. There she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years and was the youth group advisor for twenty years.
Jessie's greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. They were the twinkle in her eye.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Keckler; daughters, Jeri Ann (Tommy Dale) Vines of Eagle Butte and Mikki (James) Rea, Woodward, Okla.; granddaughters, Miranda, Rae Lynn and Tatum; brothers, Wayne "Fio" (Lori) Tibbs, Mission Ridge, and Larry (Barb) Tibbs, Pierre; sisters, Jill (Keith) Strunk, Minnetonka, Minn., and Dayle Angyal, Pierre; sisters-in-law, Patti Keckler and Joyce Collins, Eagle Butte; and several nieces and nephews.
Jessie was preceded in death by her mother, Esther; and father, Ancel; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Collins and Jack Keckler.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established.