Jacqueline Lou Meyer, 65, Grangeville

Jacqueline Meyer was born in Cottonwood, Idaho, on Nov. 3, 1954, to Jack and Mary Lou (Toennis) Meyer. She died Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, after a short battle with cancer.

She graduated from Grangeville High School in 1973. After graduating from Kinman College she went on to work for a credit union in Lewiston, Idaho before getting a job at the Bureau of Land Management in Cottonwood. Jackie then transferred to Boise, Idaho in 1987 where she worked until she retired in 2010.

She married Jeff Ripley in 1976 and they later divorced. In 1998, she married Gary Simmons. She lived in Boise, Idaho until his death in 2017 after which she moved back to the family ranch in Grangeville.

Jackie never met a stranger and always had a smile. She was a joy to be around, a loving daughter, sister, and aunt. Jackie was a cherished friend to everyone she knew. Jackie will be remembered as a wonderful, caring and giving person. She will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary and her father, Jack.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Lou; brothers: Vern (Karen) Meyer and Pat (Mary) Meyer; nieces: Nicole, Staci (Mitchell) and Katrina; nephews: Sean (Mindy), Jake and Boden; stepdaughter, Hilarie (Josh) and grandchildren: Ashlyn, Dallin and Collin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. A potluck style luncheon will follow at the Eagles Hall. You may submit condolences online to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Karen Rice

I knew Jackie through our work with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM)Land and Water Conservation Fund Program. Jackie’s efforts conserved multiple key private properties throughout Idaho. Her skill, persistence, and wonderful personality made Idaho BLM’s Land and Water Conservation Fund Program one of the most successful in the nation. She was so amazing in navigating BLM’s bureaucratic processes and dealing with a variety of landowners. Idaho’s wildlife, agricultural lands, open spaces, and outdoor recreating public will forever benefit from Jackie’s exceptional work. On a personal side I have never met a kinder, vivacious, nonjudgmental person than Jackie. Life is not fair, because Jackie left us much to soon. She will be missed.

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