Jessie M. Wilson-Hecht
CURTIS -- Jessie May Wilson-Hecht, 99, died Sunday (Jan. 27, 2002) at the Sunset Haven Nursing Home in Curtis.
She was born Mar. 9, 1902, near Stromsburg to Allison Tecumseh and Emma (Burke) Wilson. The family lived in Arcadia, where she attended school through the 11th grade. She went to Lincoln and graduated high school with honors in 1917. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Omega sorority. She taught two terms at the rural school in Aurora.
On May 10, 1920, she married Clifton Carver. They made their home in Arcadia where she worked as a bookkeeper at the Ford Agency. Later the family moved to Sargent where she worked at the Coop Oil Company.
On Aug. 10, 1946, she married Floyd Hecht of Curtis. They made their home in Curtis.
She was a member of the Methodist Church.
In 1965 she received the Good Neighbor award from Ak-Sar-Ben, being recognized for her interest in civic affairs and community welfare. She worked with her husband, Floyd, in promoting and selling investors to make Sunset Haven Nursing Home a possibility. She was a 4-H leader, active in Extension clubs, a member of the Historical Society, the Curtis Federated Women's Club, past president of the Inter-County Federation, a Gold Star member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a board member and curator of the Curtis Museum for 15 years, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and a member of the Epsilon Sigma Omicron, an education honor society.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Clifton Carver, and second husband, Floyd Hecht; her parents; one son; four brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include one son, Allen and wife, Donna Carver of Grass Valley, Calif.; eleven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be Friday, 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Curtis, with Rev. Richard S. Sykes officiating. Interment will be at the Curtis Cemetery.
Visitation is Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
A memorial has been established.
Blase Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.