Oct. 21, 2015
Jackie, as she was known by most people, was born in Elko Nevada on January 18th 1960, to parents Hap and Mary Hancock. In her early years of life, Jackies’ family lived in Eureka, later moving to Emida, ID., then to Fallon Nevada where she graduated high school in 1978. Following graduation she attended college some and worked for the American Soil Conservation Service (ASCS).
Jackie met the love of her life, Keven Hall, when both were attending the Carson City High School Rodeo with younger siblings that were competing. Jackie and Keven were married on Dec. 6, 1980 and lived in the Wells, Nev., where Keven had grown up.
Their oldest child, son, Don was born in 1981. It wasn’t until seven years later that they were blessed with their “Miracle Baby” a daughter, Susan (baby girl as Jackie had called her) born in 1988.
Keven worked for the 7H Ranch in Ruby Valley Nevada from 1981-1985, where Jackie was the cook for the ranch hands. In 1985, Keven went to work for the Nevada Division of Forestry. Jackie worked for Stuart’s Store until she went to work for Mike Kimber at the Fuel Bulk Plant in Wells, and from there she worked as an NDF Fire Dispatcher, as well as a Dispatcher for the Nevada Highway Patrol. From there Jackie worked for Roadway Towing Co, and part time at the Wells Conservation Camp running the Commissary when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Jackie was very involved in the Wells Community, where she was present at every youth athletic event she could possibly attend, especially with her son Don and daughter Susan played through high school, and now with them both involved in coaching sports for the youth of Wells. Jackie was known to support any child that ever stepped foot on her porch with any type of fundraiser along with supporting any and all fundraising events throughout the community.
Jackie attended the football games up until just a few days before her passing. At her last Wells High School sporting event, all the Wells football players honored her with Jackie Hall on the back of their jerseys, and each and every one of the kids lined up to give Jackie a hug and a purple ribbon at the end of the field where she was out in her wheelchair ready to watch the game. These young men also showed their support for Jackie while she was at the Cancer Center of America in Phoenix Arizona a week before her passing, on their helmets was “We Stand Tall for Jackie Hall”. Jackie continued to attend functions that her children and three grandbabies were involved in throughout the course of her illness.
Jackie was a homemaker, and one of the many things she loved was growing flowers. She crocheted many afghans for family, friends, and many fundraisers. Jackie was working on many till the end, in hopes of starting several more. She was an avid hunter and enjoyed being in the Nevada outdoors. One of the highlights of her life was when she successfully killed a large bull elk, scoring 371 making the Nevada Record Book.
Jackie touched the lives of many people in her 55 years of life. She is loved, and will be missed by many people, but most especially by the family she loved so much and who loved her in return. They were her motivation to outlive the prognosis the Doctors gave her of four months when she was first diagnosed with cancer. She succumbed her battle after 18 months.
Jackie is survived by her husband of 35 years, Keven Hall, son Don/Melissa Hall and 3 grandbabies Saige, Tanner and Landon, daughter Susan/Chris Duffy, all from Wells. Mother Mary Gilbert and companion Lyell DeBraga, brother Kevin Hancock, niece Ashley/Tyler Bowman and children all from Fallon. Sister Stephanie/Mark Andrews of Cresent Valley, mother-in-law Midge Hall, sister-in-law Lanette/Tom Pratt of Palomino Valley. Godmother Barbra/Witzi Bailey of Eureka, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by father Hap Hancock and step-father Dick Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Jackie Hall Wells Youth Athletic Memorial Fund P.O. Box 399 Wells, NV 89835 or Wells Fargo Bank.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls, ID.
A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 5, 2015 at Chimney Rock Golf Course, in Wells at 6 p.m.