Jolleen 'Jody' Eble
Born: January 21, 1955 in Geneseo, IL
Died: August 12, 2021 in Yuba City, CA
On Thursday, August 12, Jolleen "Jody" Eble, 66, passed away peacefully in her home in Yuba City, CA, surrounded by her sons, Aasun and James Eble, and her white German Shepherd, Dakota.
Jody was born on January 21, 1955, in Geneseo, IL, to John and Muriel Lackey. She moved to Princeton at the age of 10. Jody was a graduate of Princeton High School. Jody married James Eble, Jr in 1978, and they moved their family to California in 1991. She studied at the College of Du Page and became a Substance Abuse Counselor in 1990 and received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2005.
Jody was a fierce advocate for the disenfranchised and underrepresented. She was a Professor in Social Work at Butte College in Oroville, CA, she volunteered in Costa Rica, and she worked in numerous hospitals and facilities in Reno and Northern California, bridging medicine/psychiatry and social services for clients and patients. For the last 11 years of her life, she worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Loma Linda, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Yuba City, CA. This was her passion. She whole-heartedly devoted herself to the recovery community and to the veterans she served, ensuring that every one of her patients was represented and had access to the care, support, and services they needed and deserved.
Jody was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents John & Clara Carroll, Paternal grandparent Ruea and Golden Lackey, her mother Muriel Popadence, father John Lackey, brother Chris Lackey, and son Ryan Eble.
Surviving are her two sons Aasun (Robb) Eble, James Eble, three sisters Johnetta Nicholson, Dina (Ron) DeVries, and Bonnie (John) DeMarlie, grandson Dwight (Ari) Eble, granddaughter Grace Eble and great-granddaughter Aralei, and her loving companion Dakota. Jody was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. An advocate of education and self-empowerment, she will be missed by many.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 18, at the Calvary Chapel in Yuba City at 10 am. Monetary donations may be sent to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Yuba City Outpatient clinic at 425 Plumas Street, Yuba City, CA 95991, Attn: Mary McCree.
Published by Bureau County Republican from Sep. 14 to Sep. 18, 2021.