Jeanette Ann (Mordhorst) Lindquist, 93, Scottsbluff
Jeanette Ann (Mordhorst) Lindquist, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, died peacefully at age 93 on Thursday, March 6, 2014, exactly where she wanted to be - at her home.
Born in Pierce, Nebraska on February 22, 1921, to Charles and Anna (Kirch) Mordhorst, Jeanette was proud of her upbringing under very humble circumstances. As the eldest daughter of 10 children, Jeanette assisted her mother in caring for her siblings on the family homestead near Pierce, during the growing family's time on the reservation in Kyle, South Dakota, and finally when the family settled in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jeanette often regaled family with memories of hauling water from the creek to the house, sewing clothing for siblings from flour sacks, the futility to trying to keep a home clean on the windy, dusty plains of Nebraska and South Dakota with cracks in the house siding and a dirt floor (but they did it nonetheless!), and getting to and from school despite distance and weather.
Jeanette married her high school sweetheart, Harold Lindquist, on September 27, 1940, in Broadus, Montana. Jeanette and Harold lived in Rapid City and Lead, South Dakota before making their home in Scottsbluff in November 1941. They resided together in their family home for over 50 years until Harold's death in November 2001 and she remained in that home until her death.
Jeanette cared for her children and the family home, but she also embarked on a long career at JC Penney in downtown Scottsbluff until she retired after over 25 years of service. Many a visit to JC Penney to see her resulted in shopping sprees as she proudly introduced her children and grandchildren to co-workers and friends.
Thoughts of Jeanette evoke fond memories by her family of her unending love and generosity always putting others first, strong faith in God and Jesus Christ, love of learning, practical nature, knowledge of our family history (what a memory!), and passion for animals, particularly those of the feline persuasion. She is also remembered for her chokecherry jelly (both as a gift and a skill shared), hikes in The Badlands of South Dakota looking for a petrified turtle and chewing gum agates, and her excitement for us when we had an adventure. Nothing was more fun than to come "home" for a reunion in Scottsbluff where she loved to watch our faces as we arrived the awe we expressed that the house was still the same, yet smaller than we remembered; that she still had her rotary dial phone.
Jeanette is deeply loved and missed by her five children: Rhonda (LeRoy) Miller of Boise, Idaho, Dennis of Arvada, Colorado, Larry (Judy) of Hazen, North Dakota, Karen Russell of Kearney, Nebraska, and Susan Loseke of Rapid City, South Dakota; sister Mary Lou (Chuck) Balcom of Mitchell, South Dakota; brothers Robert (Martha) Mordhorst of Rapid City, South Dakota, Dale (Joyce) Mordhorst of Longmont, Colorado, and Chuck (Pat) Mordhorst of Rapid City, South Dakota. Grandma is also dearly missed by her 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and three great-great granddaughters (and one more great-great grandchild on the way!).
Jeanette's husband, Harold; her parents; brothers Victor and Mern; sisters Betty, Doris, and Myrna Mae; daughter-in-law, Blaine Lindquist; granddaughter, Desireά (Lindquist) Orban; and great-granddaughter, Heather Hogan preceded her in death.
Cremation has taken place. No immediate services are planned. The family will gather in Rapid City, South Dakota this summer to celebrate Jeanette's remarkable life with inurnment at Pine Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are recommended to the charity of one's choice.
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