Jacqueline “Jackie” K. Douglass, born July 4, 1927 at Niobrara, was the youngest of 18 children of Johanna Louise (Grunke) and George Hofer. In 1931, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest and Ida Kilpatrick of Brewster, took 4-year-old little Jackie into their home and hearts whom they reared and loved as their own.
Jackie attended a one room country school south of the Kilpatrick Ranch. Some of her fondest memories were riding to school on her horse with the neighbor boys. She thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of life on the ranch and found it to be a safe place. Jackie helped with the haying and carried many buckets of water to the shelterbelts still standing today.
Jackie attended the Curtis Agriculture High School and graduated in 1945.
Jackie met the love of her life, Jerold “Jerry” Douglass, at a dance in Dunning. They fostered their love through a year of letter writing. They were married Aug. 29, 1945, in Broken Bow.
Jackie and Jerry created a life ranching on the Kilpatrick Ranch with Jacqueline’s family. To this union, three children were born: Linda Kay, Larry Dean and Steven Ray.
Jackie worked at the Halsey Bessey Tree Nursing for approximately 10 years. She was later employed at Mid-Nebraska Individual Services and thoroughly enjoyed working and living with the residents. She took on a leadership role with MNIS towards the end of her employment.
Jerry and Jackie raised Hereford cattle on the ranch for 34 years until retiring to Merna in 1980. Jerold and Jacqueline celebrated the Kilpatrick Ranch Centennial in the summer of 2010.
In September 2010, Jackie’s failing health necessitated her move to Heritage Hall with Jerry moving thereafter to an apartment in Independence Hall to be near Jackie.
Jackie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who was always there for her family. Her church family also played an important role in her life. Buddy and Pepe’, her beloved dogs, held a special place in her heart.
Jackie was an excellent cook and was always scouring cookbooks for new recipes. She was also very perceptive of people’s needs and words of encouragement and advice were freely given and often found inspirational. Jackie found a great deal of humor in life. Many had stories to tell of her antics and, oftentimes, she found herself to be the most humorous person in life.
She was quite honest in always being the first one to tell on herself. She enjoyed visiting the coffee shop, dancing, attending auctions, gambling and listening to old time country music. She was an avid reader of history and her Bible more than once, loved gardening and her rose moss, enjoyed canning meat and vegetables, and just being outdoors.
She looked forward to visiting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and supporting them in all their activities.
Jackie was a member of the Church of Christ in Broken Bow and the Merna TOPS group.
She is survived by daughter, Linda (Carol) Conard of Burwell; son, Larry (Donna) Douglass of Brewster; daughter-in-law, Bridget Douglass of Columbus; six grandchildren, Katheryn (Tom) Stevens of Olathe, Kan., Bruce (Jana) Bryant of Owensboro, Ky., Terry (Donna Jo) Douglass of Grand Island, Douglass (Sheri) Bryant of Anselmo, Casey (Monica) Douglass of Broken Bow, and Holly Douglass of Grand Island; brothers-in-law, Leslie Douglass of Ashby, Vance (Jan) Douglass of Ashby, Dennis Douglass of Grand Island, Ernie Wempen of Overton; sister-in-law, Dorothy Douglass of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Marty and Riley Stevens, Amber and Christopher Bryant, Brooks, Broc, Bo and Brady Douglass, Olivia and Addison Bryant, Ryan and Katie Douglass and Hunter Douglass.
Jackie left this world and went Home June 12, 2013. Preceding her in death were her biological and adoptive parents; her husband, Jerold; son, Steven Douglass; grandson, Clinton Douglass; 17 brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law, Alvin Douglass, Hank Hagman, Gordon Hendrick-son; and sisters-in-law, Lelia Wempen, Janice Hendrickson, Freda Hagman, Karen Douglass.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, with Jerry Ricketts officiating. Burial was in the Brewster Cemetery at Brewster with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Brewster American Legion Auxiliary, Post 323.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 20, 2013