McCOOK, Nebraska -- Jessie June was born Oct. 9, 1921, to Harold and Hazel (Kilgore) From in Chappell, Nebraska. She was the oldest of four children. She lived in Chappell for 10 years before moving with her family to a farm outside of David City, Nebraska. After grade school, she moved to Lincoln where she lived with her grandparents and attended junior high and then high school, graduating in 1938.
After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was employed at the U.S. Maritime Commission as a clerk. This is where she met and married Walter H. Riley on April 24, 1945.
They moved to Douglas, Wyoming, where they adopted a son, David H. Riley. They then moved to Culbertson where they owned and operated Riley Produce. Walter passed away on April 3, 1963.
On May 7, 1965, she married Louis W. Helus. They moved to McCook, and eventually to a small acreage south of McCook. Louis passed away on Aug. 16, 2000.
Jessie worked for Safeway for 18 1/2 before retiring in 1987. After retirement, she opened Trader's Market with a good friend, Betty Hiatt, dealing in antiques and collectibles.
She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Culbertson for 54 years. She lived her final years in Hillcrest Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother, Bud From; sister-in-law, Millie From; and brothers-in-law, Keith Petersen and Art Nelson.
She is survived by her son, David H. Riley and wife, Kim, of McCook; grandson, Bronson Riley and wife, Andrea of Lincoln; granddaughter, Korinne Riley of Grant; sister, Marjorie Nelson of Lodgepole, Nebraska; brother, Jim From and wife, Mary Jo of Lodgepole; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Chapel with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Inurnment will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska at 3 p.m.
Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com
Memorials may be given in her name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements