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Obituary: Nellie Dee Cole Jessee, 93, member Columbia Baptist

Mrs .Jessee will be remembered by hundreds of former students she taught in a 41 year career with the Adair County School system

Nellie Dee Cole Jessee, age 93 years, 7 months, and 14 days, a resident of Summit Manor Nursing Home, formerly of White Oak Church Road, Columbia, KY, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at 10:50pm at the Nursing Home.

The funeral service for Mrs. Jessee will be Saturday, January 20, 2007, at 11:00am CT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, with Bro. Randy Johnson officiating.

She was born on Tuesday, June 3, 1913, to Randell Lawrence Cole and Polly Moore Cole. She was married to Marvin Garnett "Short" Jessee on December 16, 1933, and was preceded in death by her husband on October 21, 1997.

She leaves to cherish her memory:
  • Two sons: Charles Randell Jessee and his wife Carolyn Jean, Louisville, KY; and Gene Jessee and his wife Laverne, Columbia, KY

  • Two grandchildren: Gregory Gene Jessee and his wife, Lee Ann; and Michelle Jessee Vincent and her husband Jeff

  • Two great grandchildren: Parker and Sophia Vincent

  • And several nieces, nephews, friends and church family
She was preceded in death by the following:
  • An infant son, Wendell Jessee

  • Four brothers: Walter, Felix, Allen, and Lawrence Cole

  • Two sisters: Opal Estes and Bea Taylor
Mrs. Jessee professed faith in Christ at an early age and was a member of the Columbia Baptist Church.

He graduated from Columbia High School, Lindsey Wilson College and Eastern Kentucky University.

She spent over 41 years of her life as a teacher in the Adair County Public School System. Many of these years were teaching in one-room schools. They included Flat Rock, Nell, Morris' Chapel, Keltner, Oak Grove, Rainfall, and Colonel William Casey.

Many of her students have gone on to become professionals in their fields, but importantly, many have become parents of good moral character and high values dedicated to passing those characteristics on to their children and grandchildren.

Interment will be in Moore Cemetery at Gradyville, KY.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Columbia Baptist Church Library and may be made at the funeral home.

The family requests visitation after 2:00pm Friday, January 19, 2007.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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