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Jacqueline "Jackie" Harshbarger

Died: Wed., Dec. 31, 2014


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jan. 08, 2015
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home


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Stevensville - Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Harshbarger, 78, passed away on Dec. 31 at her home in Stevensville. Jackie was born in Lewiston, Idaho, Dec. 28, 1936 to Frank and Bonita Foster, the middle of three sisters. Frank was in the US Navy, so the family moved around a bit. Mom was very proud of the fact that her dad served in the South Pacific Theater, was wounded in the legs by shrapnel and had some of the very first stainless steel knee joints ever tried, and lasted throughout his life. Mom would tell stories about being in California during the war and saving tin cans, aluminum foil and everything else for the war effort. How the sirens would go off and they had to have blackout rules for the houses and the headlights on cars. Just in case of Japanese attack. In 1954 Jackie met the love of her life for almost 60 years, Paul. They were married in San Francisco, on January 6, 1955. They made their home in Veneta, Oregon. Their first child Brent, was born in May, 1957. Mom always said “I showed all those people that thought I HAD to get married!” In May of 1959, Mom and Dad bought a ranch and moved to Victor, Montana, where they had 2 more children. Brenda in January of 1961, and Wyatt in October of 1963. Mom worked as a nurse’s aid at Marcus Daily hospital to help supplement the ranch income. In 1976 they sold the ranch and after leasing a place for a year, sold off the cows and bought their place in 1977 on Kootenai creek, by Stevensville, where they still reside. Mom worked with a lot of good people at Fort Owen Inn until it closed and then went to work for Ravalli County health, until she retired, providing essential care for the valley’s elderly and others without the means to pay for care. She always deeply cared for all of her patients. Sometimes even buying them groceries. Mom loved having first the grand kids and lately great grand kids around to amuse her. She loved them all! Mom was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Frank and Bonita, and her older sister Lillian B. (Bunny) Ream. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Paul, sister Shirley (Richard) Merwin, Oregon, Son Brent (Shelley) Missoula, Daughter Brenda (Darrell) Schwaderer, Lolo, Son Wyatt (Linda) Forsyth, Missouri, 5 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home. A potluck reception will follow the service also at the funeral home.

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Wm. Guy Harshbarger
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
Uncle Paul, Brent, Brenda and Wyatt we are sad to here Aunt Jackie has passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. We will always have those fond memories of Jackie at the ranch, as she was a wonderful person with a loving heart.
Guy, Cheryl, Sam Harshbarger

Jean Masterson
   Posted Tue January 06, 2015
To Paul, Brent, Brenda and Wyatt and their family's
Death never comes easy to those of us left behind, I pray that God will be with you all and that he will help ease the pain. God Bless you all.
Love
Jean and family.

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