Jackie Johnson

Wessington Springs

Jacklyn Kay Johnson, 56, made the journey to her heavenly home on Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, surrounded by family. She passed away in her home after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

Jackie’s Celebration of Life service was held Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Wessington Springs. The burial service followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation and prayer services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at the United Methodist Church.

Jackie was born on May 4, 1963, in Wessington Springs to Paul and Karen (Simmons) Messmer. She was raised on the family farm. Jackie attended Schubert Country School through the seventh grade and finished her high school education at Wessington Springs High School. She attended Nettleton College of Business. She returned home to Wessington Springs where she worked at Bridgman and Adel Law Office and American Bank & Trust. Jackie married Lee Johnson in 1982. They raised their family in Wessington Springs.

Jackie loved watching and supporting her three children, whether it was in the gym or throughout the community. She also enjoyed being able to support her nephews and niece in their activities. Most recently, her pride and joy became her five grandchildren. Over the years, Jackie was involved in many groups in the community including Natural High, 4-H, Community Choir, P.E.O., Eastern Star, Fellowship, and the Wessington Springs Development Project to name a few. She loved music, whether she was watching or performing. Jackie was an inspiration to many. Her incredible hope and faith throughout her battles were an example for all.

Jackie is survived by her husband of 37 years, Lee; their three children, Lacey (Bobby) Babich, Laura (Jamie) Parish, and Andy (Shelby) Johnson of Woonsocket; their five grandchildren; her mother, Karen (Simmons) Messmer; her brother, Jeff (Tricia) Messmer; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Messmer; her brother, Allan Messmer; and her grandparents.

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