April 18, 2002

(11/3/23 - 4/11/2002)

Jacquelyn Padgett Neese, 78, of Rutledge, MO, departed this life on April 11, 2002, at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, MO.

Jacquelyn was the daughter of Edgar Byron and Orilla May "Morgan" Padgett, born November 3, 1923, in Memphis, MO.

When she was 11 years old, she accepted Jesus as Lord of her life and joined the Memphis Presbyterian Church. Later, she was a member of the Rutledge Christian Church, where she served in many capacities over the years, in recent years including church treasurer and pianist.

Following high school graduation, she enrolled in Kirksville State Teachers' College in 1941. Because of shortage of teachers in the county, during the war, she left college to teach four years in rural schools.

In 1946, soldiers returned home. Among them was Joe Neese, Jr. He and Jacquelyn were married June 2, 1946 and moved to their farm northwest of Rutledge, MO. She taught at South Liberty School, in their home district, for five years before stopping to have their family. Two children were born, Robert David in 1952 and Mary Susan in 1954.

When the children became teenagers, Jacquelyn returned to teaching and continuing her education. She taught at Bible Grove School for three years. She then returned to college to finish her degree, earning her degree in Elementary Education in 1970 and her Masters in Education in 1974. Jacquelyn taught third grade in LaBelle, MO in 1970-71, before beginning her 12 year tenure teaching fifth grade in Memphis, MO. She retired in 1983 but substituted in the elementary schools for 12 more years.

Following retirement, Jacquelyn made quilts, but her favorite occupation was caring for her three grandchildren when they came home from South Africa in 1984. She enjoyed and was gifted in cooking, sewing and having company for meals. All who have been recipients of those gifts will greatly miss her. Jacquelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Susan; and her brother, Edgar Clifford Padgett.

Survivors include her husband, Joe; her son, Robert and his wife, Paula, all of Rutledge, MO; three grandchildren, Jessica and husband, Jack Goodwin of Bloomfield, IA, Vanessa of Springfield, MO, and Michael of Rutledge, MO; and one great-grandchild, Brennon Goodwin; Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Evelyn and her husband, J.P. Childers of Memphis, MO, Barbara and her husband, Roger Briggs of Rushville, IL; one brother, David Richard Padgett and wife, Hazel of Ozark, MO; and a sister-in-law, LeGene Padgett of Memphis, MO. Jacquelyn thoroughly enjoyed her six nephews and three nieces, Jon Childers, Sam, David, and Hal Padgett, Bryon and Nathan Briggs, Nanette (Padgett) Young, Whitney (Padgett) Bucci, and Heather (Briggs) Farris. She also loved her 14 great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 15, 2002, at the First Baptist Church of Memphis, MO, with the Rev. Charles Hammack and Jim Brown officiating. Pianist was Ann Luther and vocalist was LaMayra Brown. The Eulogy was given by Connie Courtney. A poem, "Transported" written for Jacquelyn by her neighbor and friend, Mary Joyce Zimmerman was read by Vanessa and Jessica Neese. The obituary was read by Nathan Briggs. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Hospice 2000 or Christian Aid Ministries. Active casket bearers were Terry Brown, Scott Brassfield, Jack Goodwin, David Briggs, Wayne Winn, David Wiggins, and Darrell Monroe. Honorary casket bearers were John Cole, Garth Lloyd, Rob Moore, Glen Oberholtzer, Edwin Shultz and Richard Wood. Memphis Funeral Home of Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.

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