Ellanora Margaret Jacobson


(June 4, 2002)

Ellanora Margaret Jacobson, 91, died June 4 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Mrs. Jacobson was born in Champion, Neb., July 8, 1910 to Bert and Eva Steck. The family moved to Powell in 1910. She graduated from Powell High School in 1929.

During the early 1930s, she sang and played piano for a radio station in Davenport, Iowa. For many years, she worked as a seamstress, specializing in men's clothing.

She married Kermit G. "Jake" Jacobson and while he served in World War II, she returned to Powell where she worked as a seamstress for Leo's Cleaners.

After the war, the family moved to California for several years before returning to Powell in 1947. They purchased the Ralston Store and Post Office which they owned for many years.

During their ownership of the store they made many friends among the Heart Mountain homesteaders and those friendships have continued through the years.

Mrs. Jacobson loved to sew, crochet, knit and share her creations with others. One of her creations was a 17-piece crocheted nativity set, which she made for many family members and friends.

She was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Powell, a charter member of the Powell Does Lodge, and she and Kermit were active in establishing Powell's Elk Lodge.

She loved music and was an accomplished pianist, spending many hours sharing her talent with family and friends. She was extremely proud of the musical talent displayed by her grandchildren. She loved sharing with others and was a devoted and loving friend.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna C. Redman of Laurel, Mont.; a brother, Dick W. Steck of Cody; two sisters, Donna Irestone and Collette Gimmeson of Powell; four grandchildren, Jeff Nelson of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Coleen Sandman of Kansas City, Mo., Scott Nelson of Bozeman, Mont., and Doug Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step grandchildren Jim Redman of Camarillio, Calif., David Redman of Billings, Mont., and Laurie Gaustad of Scobey, Mont.

She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Pert; parents Bert and Eva Steck; husband K.G. "Jake" Jacobson, son-in-law Jim Redman and brother Bud Steck.

A memorial service will be held at Union Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on June 10.