Jackie L. Eatherton, 69, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away May 8, 2013, at her home.
Jackie Louise Stolhand was born to Lloyd “Red” and Florence (Bebe) Stolhand on June 17, 1943, in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Jackie was the oldest child of four. Her three younger brother’s, Jerry Stolhand, Michael Stolhand and Allen Stolhand were her life-long friends, sharing countless childhood adventures as they moved to a number of different towns and several states. Their family travels landed them in Upton, Wyoming during Jackie’s senior year of high school, where she met and married Jack Eatherton on October 5, 1962, and spent the next 50-years practicing the age-old adage of growing deep roots to stand the test of time.
Jackie’s adventures would take her to Mexico with family and friends for deep sea fishing and beach combing; to massive cities on corporate business trips where she would dress to the nines and eat escargot; to fairs and stock shows where she was horse show mom, sheep washer or gopher; and on fishing trips to back wood streams where she had no problem bringing home the trout and frying it up in the pan…after she cleaned it. She would raise a flock of award winning Suffolk sheep with her family, at the same time she was growing a successful floral business, supporting her husband through his business ventures, and raising two children, Eric and Traci.
Jackie’s first married home would be in Casper, Wyoming. In 1973, Jackie and her family moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 1985, Jack and Jackie purchased their ranch in Sundance. While she loved each place she lived in, she also had a passion for her birth state that never weaned…between the family and friends she remained close to and her beloved Sooner football team, she was red and white to the core. But at each place she would call home, she made countless friends, and despite a brain aneurism in 1999, breast cancer in 2009, and her first bout of pneumonia earlier this year, she always had a smile and a “glass-half-full” attitude.
In 1990, her first Grandson, Ryan was born, and she claimed to have found her last and favorite job title…Grandma. Ryan would be followed by Jadi, Corbin, and Caitlynn, her four favorite topics.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Jack, of Sundance; her son, Eric and his wife Brenda in Utah; her daughter, Traci in Colorado; grandsons, Ryan and Corbin; granddaughters, Jadi and Caitlynn; brothers, Jerry and wife LouAnn Stolhand, Michael and wife Kathy Stolhand, Allen and wife Sharon Stolhand; along with 10 nieces and nephews that she adored and relished in her role as “Aunt Jackie.”
Funeral services were Monday, May 13, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, South Dakota, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit Relay for Life.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com