Memorial services for Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Gillesse, 87, Lawrence, will be held at a later date at First Presbyterian Church. Jackie died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
She was born May 12, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Ellsworth D. and Anna Christine Petersen Wallace. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1947. She worked as an R.N. in Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, and Oregon. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, and was active as a Den Mother, Brownie leader, and PTA president. She was actively involved in ‘Reach to Recovery’ breast cancer support group, Elderhostel, and First Presbyterian Church Parish Nurse Ministry.
She married Rev. John Gillesse on Oct. 31, 1947, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Christine Gillesse in 1998, and a son, Timothy Gillesse in 2013. Survivors include a grandson, Seth Morningson, Palm Crest, Fla.; a brother, Keith Wallace, White Cloud, Mich.; and a sister, Jean Van Faasen, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Parish Nurse Ministry, in care of the church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS, 66047. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.