Olivia ‘Jackie’ Karr, 83, was born Jan. 14, 1933, in Kamiah, Idaho, to “Jack” and Laura Reichenberg. She passed away May 5, 2016, at home in Nampa, Idaho.
Jackie lived most of her life on the Camas Prairie until moving to Nampa, Idaho in 2014 to live with family due to failing health.
Jackie was a member of the Grangeville Christian Church as well as several clubs and organizations.
She worked for many years as a nurses’ aid and central supply technician at what is now Syringa Hospital in Grangeville. She was a farmer’s wife preparing meals for hired hands and working in the fields (driving truck). She had passions for animals, cooking, crafts including needlework, crocheting and ceramics, and playing pinochle.
Because of her caring for people she was always there to help those who were less fortunate.
Jackie is survived by her daughter, Susan Tisdale (Jerry) of Nampa; brother Allen (Rosie) of Pierce; grandsons, Brian and Kevin Spengler both of Kuna, Idaho; stepsons, Jerry (Beth) and Jim Karr of Las Vegas, Nev., as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents and spouses, Harold Rencehausen, Lester Crea and Ted Karr; her brother, Bill Reichenberg (Marilyn); and her sister, Marie Bothum (Ron).
As per Jackie’s wishes, graveside services will be held Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery with Pastor Tom Helmick of the Grangeville Christian Church to officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in her name to Grangeville Animal Ark, telephone number 208-983-0366.
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