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Jessie Nau Obituary
Jessie Payne Nau
1917 - 2013
Jessie Luella Payne Nau, 95, of Payette, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at a Payette care center. Always the prepared school teacher, Jessie wrote her own obituary.
Jessie was born Sept. 8, 1917 to James Leroy "Roy" and Maude Laurie (Jarvis) Payne at Middleton, ID. She was the sixth in a family of 10 children.
She graduated from Middleton High School in 1935, then from Albion Normal School, Albion, ID in 1939. She received her B.A. in Education from the College of Idaho and a fifth year in early Childhood Education at B.S.U. She studied at U.A.C. Logan, UT when it was the only school west of the Mississippi to offer classes in Early Childhood Education.
Jessie then taught one year in Gross School, a one room school 16 miles from Ola and two years in a one room school at Banks, ID.
During WWII she and two sisters worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle, WA and volunteered three days a week for the Felton Center plotting planes and identifying planes in the area.
She married Walter Earl Nau of Emmett, ID when he returned after serving in the European Theater during WWII. They lived in Stibnite, ID where Walter was employed by Bradley Mining Co. While in Stibnite, they adopted their first child, Lee Edward. Then daughter Dixie Carolyn was born in the Stibnite Hospital. Moving to Fruitland when the mine closed in 1953, Walter Earl Jr. was born at the Payette Hospital.
The family took many trips to National Parks, the Pacific Coast, Revolutionary War towns, Battle fields, cemeteries and civil war sites. They attended the World Fairs from New York to the Pacific Ocean. They also traveled abroad. The family members all became History Buffs.
During this time Jessie taught 21 years at New Plymouth Elementary School; 1st and 3rd grades. She retired after the 1979-80 school year.
Jessie was a lifetime member of the National Education Association, a member of the New Plymouth Education Assoc., where she served as V. Pres., Pres., Delegate to the state and member of the Salary Committee.
She belonged to Retired Educators in Emmett and Payette. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority Idaho Kappa Chapter.
Jessie lost her husband after five surgeries for malignant brain tumors on Nov. 24, 1985, her son Lee Edward died in an car accident in 1987 at which time she took his four children to finish raising. When the youngest, Jody, was killed May 5, 1994 by a drunk driver, Jessie became an active member of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).
Jessie is survived by her daughter Dixie (Eric) Landenburger, Seward, AK; son Earl (Sherrie) Nau, Payette, ID; grandsons Lee Jr., Brent, Walter, and Michael (Kristen) Nau, Cody (Lori) Landenburger; also four loved "bonus grandsons" Christopher Burgess, Ricky Durrett, Rod Spickelmire and Kiel Malone; two granddaughters Brenda (John) Reding and Brooke (Roy) Thomas; ten great grandchildren Lee III, Brittany and Nathan Nau, Alanna, Crista, and Daxmarie Miller, Rylee, Abbigail, and Victoria Nau and Jack Thomas; two sisters Ileda Fouraker and Freda Long; sister-in-laws Rojean Payne, Fran Drewrey, Betty Hiether, and Orah Nau; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Sr.; son Lee Sr.; granddaughter Jody; her parents; three sisters and four brothers.
At her request she will be cremated then buried with her husband in the Middleton Cemetery, there will be no services. Condolences may be made to Jessie's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
If you would like to honor Jessie's memory, call on a shut-in; hug a friend; donate to , your church or Project Dove, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 10, 2013
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