Jacquelyn Sykes Johnson,83, passed away peacefully at her home in Inkom, June 21 2012, surrounded by her family.
Jackie was born in Roberts, Idaho on December 6, 1928 to Jack and Pearl Sykes. She was the eighth of nine children. She was raised and went to school in the Mudlake / Territon area.
At the age of 16, Jackie met and fell in love with a returning soldier. Dean Chapman Johnson took Jackie as his bride on December 28, 1945. They celebrated nearly 64 years together before Dean passed away in October of 2009.
During the early years of their marriage, the family moved around a lot. Dean would always find work and Jackie always found friends! It seemed once you met her, she was a friend for life. Finally in 1966, the family settled in their last home, the "shack by the track" in Inkom.
Dean and Jackie had six children together. Steve (Kathy) Johnson of Pocatello, Kay Leo of Inkom, Gary (Penny) Johnson of Independence KS, Mike Johnson, Roger (MaryAnne) of Pocatello, Wade (Nicki) Johnson of Inkom and a wagon load of Grand and Great grandchildren.
Through the years whenever hard times fell upon them, Jackie would pick up jobs here and there. She waitressed at the Whitman Hotel for a bit and worked a season or two at Zimberlys, but Jackie's most rewarding and most challenging job was being a mom. Dean drove truck and was on the road a lot, so Jackie had her hands full with their six kids. She was the kindest, yet toughest lady there ever was. She had to be. Not only was Jackie an incredible mother to her own children but she was "like a mom or grandma" to so many others. She was even known to rescue and raise many a fuzzy critter.
Jackie was a co-founder of the Country Gals Riding Club and president of The Hill Toppers riding club.
The Country Gals, had a huge part in getting the "I" built on the hill above Inkom. Dean and Jackie loved horses. After Dean retired they got involved in raising and racing quarter horses, both track and cutter racing. Jackie would light up when she would tell stories of how well fed and conditioned their horses were and they didn't do half bad at the track either.
Dean and Jackie became "snowbirds" for a while too. They spent ten years wintering in Lake Havasu, Arizona. And again they were making friends. When their health started to decline, they no longer traveled but they always kept in touch with their friends.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, 5 siblings, her husband, one son (Mike Johnson), and one son-in-law (Art Leo). She is survived by a sister, Katie O'Bannon of Bullhead Arizona, and a brother, Bob Sykes of Bend Oregon.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Inkom Community Bible Church, Inkom, with Reverend Russ Blair conducting. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice Alliance of Idaho, in Jackie's name. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com .