Rosella M. Jesse

GIBSON CITY — Rosella M. Jesse, 94, of Gibson City, died Sunday, March 3, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, at the First Christian Church in Gibson City, with the Rev. Ray Lantz officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 8,  at the church. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery.

Mrs. Jesse was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Niantic, a daughter of Lynne and Bertha Green Roberts. She married Fred W. Jesse on Oct. 10, 1942, in Lockport. They were married for 66 years before he died on Feb. 18, 2008.

Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (Francis) Stevenson and Barbara (George) Meyer, both of Gibson City; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Jesse of Bloomington.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, James (Jim) Jesse and Robert (Bob) Jesse; a granddaughter, Kimberly; two brothers, Art and Myron; and her parents.

Mrs. Jesse was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, CWF and Friendly Circle Club. She enjoyed her family, sewing, baking and shuffle boarding during the many winter months she spent in Florida with her husband. Her family was her entire life, and she was the epitome of unconditional love and grace to all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

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