Jacquelyn Jean Williams Reierson, 69, died Oct. 19. She passed away in her sleep at home near Union, Mo., and was joyously reunited with friends and loved ones including parents Harold and Marilyn Williams.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1943 in Sedalia, and was the oldest of seven children to whom she provided a good example to follow. Jackie graduated from Hughesville High School in 1961. She graduated from Mississippi College with honors and taught in a junior high school in New Orleans. She soon learned teaching was not for her when she discovered some students weren’t interested in learning and doing their best, as was her custom. She worked at the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in St. Louis for several years. With the help of her sister Janice, she met Jerry Reierson and they were married in 1971. They soon began to have foster children live with them and in 1979 began to sponsor refugees. Many of the refugees lived with them for awhile until they had saved enough money and felt confident enough to live on their own. She helped many find a job, housing, furniture, and a car. This complex society also meant many hours helping with paperwork. She was a second mother to many. Jackie also was a realtor and sold many people their first house. She battled sleep problems, cancer, loss of sight in one eye, and congestive heart failure. She enjoyed visiting others in a nursing home. She was always more concerned about others than herself. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Richardson. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Reierson of Union; three sisters, Janice Lawson and husband, Robert of Madrid, Iowa, Rebecca Banderman and husband, Duane of St. Clair, and Anita Hanks and husband, Rick of Hughesville; two brothers, H.A. Williams and his wife, Darla, and David Williams and wife, Janeene both of Hughesville; two brothers-in-law, Garry Richardson, husband of the late Linda Richardson, and Jim Reierson and wife, Polly of Arlington, VA. Memorial gifts may be sent to: Compassion International 12290 Voyager Parkway Colorado Springs CO 80921
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