Jacqueline C. Gardner -Smith, 74, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012 at Mitchell Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ken Maldonado officiating. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 8, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Cozad. Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made in care of the family and will be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.
Jackie was born March 5, 1938 in Longmont, Colorado to Harry and Evelyn (Madsen) Gardner. She grew up in Cozad and attended school there. Jackie moved to California where she married Don Brakeman and had one son, Bret Brakeman. She later married William Holstein and moved to Hawaii where their daughter, Hina (Heggem), was born. Jackie worked for JC Penny Co and then became an LPN and EKG tech. The family moved to various places including Arizona and Florida. Eventually, Jackie settled with her daughter in Cozad, NE where she helped her parents run the Evening Star Motel. She later married Michael Smith and moved to Sutherland, NE and worked in Home Health Care until her illness.
Survivors include her daughter, Hina (Justin) Heggem of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Jackson, Ben, Grace, and Evan Heggem all of Scottsbluff; son, Bret (Valerie) Brakeman of Hanford, CA; grandchildren, Tanya, Travis, and Theresa Brakeman all of Hanford, CA; nephews and neice, Billy, Chris, and Josh Gardner of CA and Nick, Skip, and Jeff Maloley and Jody Maloley all of Colorado and Nebraska.
Preceding Jackie in death were her parents, Harry and Evelyn Gardner; sister, Lynda (Gardner) Maloley; and brother, Richard Gardner.
Jackie’s life never lacked for adventure and she was a hard worker. She traveled extensively and lived in several states.