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Jacobson, Helen Bernice (Markve)

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November 30, 1934 - August 10, 2016

Jacobson, Helen Bernice (Markve)

Helen Bernice Jacobson, of Farmers Branch, Texas, passed away peacefully  in the presence of family on Wednesday August 10, 2016.   She  was born during the Great Depression on November 30, 1934, on the family farm near the town of Waubay in Day County, South Dakota, the second of eight children and the oldest girl.  Helen  and her brothers and sisters—Harold, Frannie, Mary, Dave, Howard, Jim and Tom—lived on the family farm until they moved to Lead, South Dakota in 1952.   She graduated from Lead High School in 1953.  After graduation, she met Richard Jacobson at a Golden Gloves boxing match, and after a brief courtship, they married on February 2, 1955. They would remain married for 55 years until her husband’s death in 2010.  Beginning in 1957, she and her husband—affectionately known to others as Whitey and The Redhead–welcomed 5 children into their lives–Terry, Mike, Peggy, Ronnie and Robbie.   She raised her children with care and determination, often taking in some of their friends who were in need, including for a time her youngest brother Tom.   On Friday nights, she loved to go dancing with her husband Whitey—she was Ginger Rogers to his Fred Astaire.  They entered and won dance contests in South Dakota, Texas and all over the United States.  When grandchildren came she loved and cherished them too, enjoying every minute they were with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Bergetta Markve; her husband, Richard Jacobson;  her older brother, Harold; her sister, Mary; and younger brother, Dave.

She is survived by  her son and daughter in law, Terry and Tina Jacobson; her son and daughter in law, Mike and Nancy Jacobson;  her daughter and son in law, Peggy and James Craig;  her son and daughter in law, Ronnie and Tonya Jacobson; and her son and daughter in law ,Robbie and Jenny Jacobson;  8 grandchildren, Amanda and Jeramie Craig, Phil Jacobson, Abbie Stackhouse (and her husband David), Taylor Jacobson, Madeline Jacobson Dustin Jacobson and Shelby Jacobson;  5 great grand children with 3 more on the way; her sister, Frannie Mann and brothers Howard, Jim and Tom Markve;  numerous nieces and nephews and many friends, including her best friend of over 60 years, Snookie Grove of Spearfish, South Dakota.

The family invites those who knew Helen to join them in celebrating her life in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home,  2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas · (972) 241-9100.  Visitation will be held on Friday, August 12th, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8p.m., and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday August 13th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.   

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Pruitts Auto Care

August 12, 2016 1:55PM

We are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Our deepest condolences are with all of you. May God bless all of you.

Ernie & Wanda Pruitt, E.J. Pruitt

August 12, 2016 1:43PM

We are very sorry to hear of your mother's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our deepest condolences for your loss. God bless all of you.

Gary and Joanne Goodrich

August 12, 2016 11:48AM

Our thoughts are with Helen's family. We treasure the memories of the times Helen and Whitey were with the Lead High School Class of 1953 at our various reunions and All School reunions. Helen was always a firecracker. We will miss her.

Mike and Cindy Thornton

August 11, 2016 8:39PM

We're so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.