Needa “Jackie” Spellmeyer
Needa Jacqueline “Jackie” Spellmeyer, age 83, of Ogallala, began her journey with the Lord on Thursday, March 7, 2019. She was a resident at the Indian Hills Manor Nursing Home for the past 2 1/2 years where she battled a condition known as Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy. Jackie was also a stroke and breast cancer survivor.
Jackie was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Long Beach, California to Solon and Needa Boyd.
She moved to Ogallala in 1979 with her husband Marlin and family. She first worked as a dental assistant before she and her husband acquired J & M Square Dance Apparel, which she managed successfully for 33 years.
She was well known in the region for teaching square dancing, clogging, round dancing, line dancing and operating the traveling retail apparel shop. Jackie also called square and round dances with her husband throughout the central mid-western region.
Jackie’s hobbies centered around dancing, traveling with her shop, camping and searching for antiques. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed working on crafts. She delighted in cooking and baking and making family celebrations special.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Knight.
Survivors include her husband, Marlin Spellmeyer, of Ogallala; daughters Gayle Griffin of Pueblo, Colorado, and Tiffany (Tom) DiMartino of Erie, Colorado; sons John Bradeen of Bull Shoals, Alaska, and Ken (Debra) Spellmeyer of Lincoln; grandchildren Ashleigh Griffin, TSgt Michael “Kaleb” Griffin, USAF, Kylee Schoen, Cassandra Spellmeyer and Derek DiMartino; great-grandchildren Bianca and Alexa Griffin, Kenley Schoen, Kace Schoen, Catarina Griffin and Tyler Griffin; niece Danna Bare of Keene, New Hampshire; sister Barbara Miller and brother Joseph Knight, both of Pueblo, Colorado.
A register book signing with the family will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at the New Hope Church with Pastor Eric Wait officiating.
Interment of cremains are set for a later date.
Memorials have been established with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Cure PSP: 1216 Broadway, New York, NY 10001.
Condolences may be left online by signing the guest book at www.drauckerfuneralhome.com. Services will be live streamed.
Draucker Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.