Jessie Berdiana Hubbert, 89, of Bozeman, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Titonka, Iowa, to Henry and Ollie (Meyer) Spear.
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Jessie grew up in a German Community and learned how to speak English in school. Jessie attended country schools through eighth grade and then graduated from high school near Fenton, Iowa. While in high school she worked as a nanny, helping families with their infants.
In 1943 Jessie moved to Long Beach, Calif., with her two cousins, Tressa and Bernice -- three Iowa farm girls to California to help with the war effort. Jessie worked at McDonald Douglas Aircraft as a machinist.
Jessie put herself through school to train as a dental assistant. She moved to Bozeman in 1962 and worked for Dr. Ritter until 1982. Jessie was also a master seamstress and rug braider. Jessie earned several state fair awards for her braided rugs. She enjoyed gardening and canning.
The oven and the coffee pot were always on. Jessie loved visiting and cooking; she made great pies, apple butters, pickles, etc.
Jessie had a cure for everything, and it usually involved vinegar.
Survivors include cousins Mike and Oleta Kellie of Belgrade, honorary granddaughter Tess Dockery, dear friend Beverly Novick and many other family and friends in Bozeman and Iowa.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. at Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service with interment to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Jessie's name to Heart of Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719; the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, P.O. Box 4061, Bozeman, MT 59772; the American Legion, Post 14, 225 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715; or Paralyzed Veterans, www.pva.org.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 16, 2011