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Jackie Wilson Nelson

| October 1, 2021 7:00 AM

Jackie Wilson Nelson of Libby passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Sept. 9, 2021, at the Kalispell Regional Hospital.

Jackie was born July 4, 1962, in Harlem. She moved with her family in 1970 to Libby, where she grew up and attended school.

After high school, she worked several jobs, but bartending was what she most enjoyed. It was said that she was the most famous bartender in Libby. Everyone knew Jackie and loved her. Jackie was quite a firecracker! She was always upbeat and had a great smile. She loved people and was quick to make friends.

She met her husband, Robbie (Byrd) Nelson in 1987. They married on Aug. 25, 1990. They made a great couple. They both loved raising their many fur babies over the years. Brandy, Stache and Marge have already missed their ma so much already.

Jackie was someone you could count on if you needed help. She was very generous. She loved making care packages for servicemen and women as well as baking for her American Legion family.

Jackie loved family reunions, especially the annual Wilson family get-together at Zurich Park, between Harlem and Chinook, every Memorial Day Weekend. It was so important to her to come together with her family and decorate the graves of all her relatives and friends in the Chinook, Harlem and Libby cemeteries.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Wilson and Jean Doney.

Jackie left behind her husband, Robert 'Byrd' Nelson of Libby; her sister, Paulena (Paul) White of Libby; stepsons, Todd (Sonja) Chapman of Hilo, Hawaii, and Isaac (Jenny) Nelson of Spokane, Wash.; many step grandkids, nieces and nephews; all of her special friends; and her sweet fur babies, Brandy, Stache and Marge.

Jackie will be missed.

She has been cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at