Marsha Faye Jacobson, 62, died Nov. 13, 2003, at her home near Haines.
There will be a memorial gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines United Methodist Church Community Hall.
Marsha was born on Feb. 13, 1941, to Forrest and Faye Lillard. She was raised in the Baker Valley and attended school at Muddy Creek and graduated from Powder Valley High School at North Powder.
She also attended Oregon State University at Corvallis before her marriage to John L. “Jack” Jacobson on Aug. 19, 1961. She quit school and worked to put Jack through law school. They returned to Baker City in 1965 where Jack set up his law practice.
In their earlier years in Baker City, Marsha worked as a bookkeeper, and had her own gift store, The Crystal Palace.
In 1981, Marsha returned to college at Eastern Oregon University at La Grande to earn her teaching degree. She began her career as an elementary teacher in 1985. She was well loved as a teacher because of her dedication to children and her great talent in working with children who had reading difficulties.
She was considered a “master teacher” by many, and continued to update her education with summer classes and special workshops whenever they were available. Marsha was one of those people who was “born to teach.”
Marsha had many talents: making a house a home, sewing all the outfits for the Haines Rodeo Court, helping young people with their 4-H projects, and just being a good friend.
She took up painting with Terri Axness and discovered she had a great talent for it. Her love for birds and flowers showed throughout her artwork. Marsha loved her flower beds and living on their ranch outside of Haines, gourmet cooking, attracting birds to her yard, her dogs and especially her grandchildren. She made many trips across the state to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Jacobson; two sons, Dr. John O. Jacobson and his wife, Amber, and their two daughters, of Brookings, and Kirk L. Jacobson and his wife, Lisa, and their son of Medford; and her mother, Faye Lillard, and her sister, Christine Lillard of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her father and an infant daughter.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Haines United Methodist Church.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 21, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor