Jacqueline E. Rakes, age 85, of Miles City formerly of Fallon passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Cottonwood Care Home in Miles City.
Jacqueline was born on November, 3, 1927 in Marmarth, ND, the daughter of Arthur and Esther (Ruppert) Ashley. She grew up in Marmarth, and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Marmarth High School. After high school, she went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad as a telegrapher living in Mildred, MT. She met Bernard W. Rakes at a local dance and so began his courtship, where he would fly his plane to Mildred for frequent visits. They were married on January 11, 1947 and moved to their farm north of Baker. They started their family: Rene Marie, Janice Kay, Clinton Eugene & Bernard Wesley Jr. In 1953 the family moved into Baker, MT where Thomas Bruce & Barry Michael were born. In 1960, the family moved to an irrigated farm along the Yellowstone River in Fallon, MT, where Brian Scott was born. Jacqueline was a true homemaker, a great farmhand and a wonderful mother. She made all of her own bread and cooking for the family, as well as for any friends that might stop by. Jackie & Bernie loved dancing, playing cards and visiting with friends. They loved family get-togethers with in-laws, aunts, uncles as well as cousins. Jackie was a long time member of the Fallon Homemaker Club and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. She was involved with helping at the Fallon Harvest Fest, Fair Booth, Church Harvest Dinner, as well as many other charitable projects. In 1982 they started spending their winters in Apatchee Junction, AZ until 2000. In 2002, they retired from the farm and bought a house in Miles City, MT. IN 2009 they moved to Cottonwood Care Home in Miles City where she received compassionate and wonderful care until the time of her passing.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Dorothy Gilmore, her brother Frank Ashley and a daughter-in-law Sheila Rakes. She is survived by her husband Bernie; her children: Rene (Newell) Clarke, Jan Taylor, Clint Rakes, Bernie (Kim) Rakes, Tom (Ruth) Rakes, Barry (Del Linda Frost) Rakes, Brian (Yvonne) Rakes; her grandchildren: LaNee (John) Sokoloski, Lana (Mark) Sokoloski, Mitch (Susan) Gallo, Tracy (Jim) Cornelia, Jenna Rakes, Greg (Julia) Rakes and Jenessa (Cody) Clark. She is also survived by nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. An additional visitation was held on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry followed by a vigil service at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Terry. Rite of Committal followed in the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Hospice, a Parkinson’s Research Program, or the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Published August 28, 2013