Irene Jacqueline (Damrow) Wilson
Irene Jacqueline Damrow Wilson was born on Feb. 11, 1927 to William George and Ethel Irene Shaw Damrow in Benkelman, Nebraska. She grew up on the Ough farm and attended school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School through the eighth grade and then graduated from Benkelman High School four years later with her teaching certificate.
Jackie met Burdette Wilson when he was employed by her father to be his hired man. They were married on Aug. 4, 1946, and to this union five children were born Laddie, Alyce, Kathy, William and Richard. Jackie and Burdette raised their children on the farm where they taught them strong work ethics.
Jackie loved working on the farm with Burdette and she was also a substitute teacher. She was always busy learning new and interesting hobbies such as tole painting, crocheting, sewing, ceramics, oil painting, raising chickens and playing the organ, piano and steel guitar. Jackie was an organist for 50 years. Starting at the age of 12, she either played at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. Jackie had the distinction of being the last remaining survivor of her conformation class from St. Paul’s.
Jackie’s love for Burdette lasted for 73 years. She laughed at everything he said and at all of his jokes (naughty or nice). Jackie and Burdette enjoyed dancing; they attended many dances and card parties. Jackie loved her children, 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She always had a smile on her face and was the kindest, most loving person ever.
Jackie passed away Nov. 15, 2019, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska. She was 92 years of age.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Irene Damrow; sister Dolores Wilkinson; son-in-law Charlie Watt; granddaughters Katie Watt Bradbury and Kristina Lea Wilson. Survivors include husband of 73 years Dale Burdette Wilson of Wauneta, Nebraska; son Laddie Wilson and wife Anita of Olathe, Kansas; daughter Alyce Richard and husband Alan of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter Kathy Walgren and husband Rex of Wauneta, Nebraska; son Bill Wilson and wife Kim of Benkelman, Nebraska; son Rich Wilson and wife Jennifer of Wood River, Nebraska; grandchildren Shari Brubaker, Shana Hlas, Bobbi Kistner, Allyson Campbell, Angela Gulizia, Chris Watt, Carson Watt, Andy Wilson, Shelby Wilson, Suzie Smith, Hilary Wilson, Whitney Wilson, JoHanna Utterback, Tiffany Leonida, Nathan Wilson, Jaime Weiss and Jeremy Walgren; grandson-in-law: Clint Bradbury; great-grandchildren: Connor, Cale, Crayton, Mason, Kaitlyn, Jadyn, Landri, Katie, Jackson, Timothy, Jason, Joseph, Libby, Kenzie, Braxton, Iris, Walker, AmaLeigh, Gabriella, Pierce, Lucy, Myriel, Jaysek, Jensyn, Weston, Jaylea, Cash, Payton and Molly; great-great-grandson: Elliott Nebuda.
Funeral Services for Jackie were held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Pastor Doug Hjelmstad officiating.
Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Nebraska.
Visitation was held Monday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Memorials have been suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wauneta, NE or Zion Lutheran Church, Benkelman, Nebraska.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Benkelman Memorial Chapel entrusted with arrangements.