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Grimes, Jacqueline
Jacqueline "Jackie" Grimes, 87, passed away on Monday August 15, 2011 surrounded by her beloved husband and family. She fought a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Jacqueline Marvelle Koch was born on November 7, 1923 in Quincy, IL to Marvel and Harold Koch. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dean Grimes, and three children, a son and two daughters: Terry and Sue Grimes of Kampsville, IL, Sandy and Dave Wood of Galesburg, and Nan and Bob Watson of Ft. Collins, CO. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Nathan (and Stacey) Grimes, Ian (and Jennifer) Grimes and Seth (and Stacey) Grimes; Sara, Ryan and Mike Wood; Emily and Elissa Watson. She had five great grandchildren: Brennen, Zakary, Tyler, John and Julia. Her parents and sister, Nadine, preceded her in death. Nadines children: Diane, Jan, Brad and Kathy and their families viewed their Aunt Jackie and Uncle Dean as very significant people in their lives.

Jackie was a beautiful, strong and proud woman who has left an indelible mark on the lives of many. She grew up in Quincy, IL and graduated from Quincy High School in 1941 and from the Quincy Conservatory of Music. She also received a music scholarship to the University of Illinois. She was an exceptional talent as a violinist and was viewed as a child prodigy, often playing the violin on the radio and in concerts. Later in her life she played with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. She graduated from Gem City Business College and was employed as the Executive Secretary for the President of Moorman Manufacturing Company. She was also a violin teacher for a number of years.

Jackie met the love of her life, Dean Grimes, in 1942 and they married shortly after World War II ended in 1945. During their 65 years of marriage, they lived primarily in two communities, Janesville, Wisconsin during the 1950s where they resided in one of the friendliest neighborhoods in the United States and made several life long friends. They began playing golf during those years and Jackie became quite an excellent golfer and even earned the title of Women's Club Champion. The family moved to Galesburg, IL in 1958 when Dean became general manager of the new Moorman Manufacturing Feed Plant in Alpha, IL. The family lived in another wonderful neighborhood, Lincolnshire, and Jackie soon became very involved in the life of the community. She served as President of the Silas Willard PTA, was a strong supporter of the development of new elementary schools in Galesburg, and also worked hard to bring a Health Department to the County.

In the early 1970's, Jackie and Dean made one final move to Seminole Drive near Soangetaha Country Club where they graciously welcomed and entertained family and friends for the past 40 years. She was an active member of the Country Club where she helped organize and expand womens golf activities. Jackie served as President of the Cottage Hospital Service Guild, helping to initiate Meals on Wheels at Cottage Hospital and also served as President of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. She was a member of Chapter HO of PEO and the CLIO Study Club as she was a strong believer in life long learning. During her later years, she also participated in the Reading Buddy Program at Nielson Elementary School.

Jackie was not only a talented musician but she loved reading and creative writing and she wrote numerous poems and songs for friends and family. Every birthday was a grand celebration and the highlight of the day was hearing the song that Jackie wrote especially for the honoree. Jackie viewed life, family and friends as unique gifts and she had a wonderful way of making each and every person feel special. Holidays, Monthly Birthday Nights, and Family Reunions were honored traditions that Jackies loved ones will always cherish. She held her husband, her family, and her dear friends in the highest regard and during her final days, she comforted us with her warmth and words of wisdom reminding us that she had been blessed with a wonderful life.

Visitation will be held on Friday August 19, 2011 from 4:00 6:00 p.m. at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel; a private family graveside service will be held on Saturday August 20th at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Bridgeway, OSF St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, or to a charity of the donors choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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