BEAVER CITY -- Jackie Jean Snider, 75, formerly known as Opal Fern Phillips, died Wednesday (Oct. 23, 2002) in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was born Dec. 23, 1926, to Lloyd Gilbert and Lora Daphine (Marts) Phillips at Paxton. She grew up on a farm near Beaver City. She graduated from Beaver City High School in 1944. After graduation, she moved to San Pedro, Calif., and worked at the Naval Supply Depot as a secretary.
On June 28, 1947, she married Charles Turpin at Seneca, Kan. They lived in Atchison, Kan., Manhattan, Kan. and St. Mary, Kan., before moving to Yuma, Ariz. They divorced in 1962.
In 1964, she married William Snider. She had gotten her bachelor of fine arts and master of arts degree with honors from Arizona State University. Her many careers included secretary, teacher, interior decorator, real estate investor and published author.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Snider; and brother, Kenneth Phillips.
Survivors include two daughters, Ronda and husband, Brian Root of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jacque and husband, Paul Brotherton of Naperville, Ill.; one son, Charles "Rocky" Turpin of Yuma; one brother, Lester "Bus" Phillips of Beaver City; one sister, Leah and husband, Gale Heck of North Platte; special friend, Ed Shannahan of Scottsdale; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside inurnment will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City with Ken Breinig officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of arrangements.