Jessie Lee Bilderback, daughter of the late Jesse Locke and Arminta Smith Locke, was born May 20, 1920, in Campbell, Mo., and died July 23, 2011 at the Cypress Point Skilled Nursing Center in Dexter at the age of 91.
Mrs. Bilderback was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Dexter and a resident of Dexter. She loved to sew, cook and taking care of her family.
She was united in marriage to Earl C. Bilderback on Dec. 22, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. Mr. Bilderback preceded her in death on March 22, 1995.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and wife, Denise Bilderback, of Columbia, Mo.; by one daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and husband, Dean Swallows, of Dexter; by one brother, Charles Locke of Poplar Bluff; by seven grandchildren, Jerod and wife, Amy Swallows, of Puxico, Jeremy Swallows of Dexter, Brett Bilderback of Columbia, Mo., Michelle and husband, Brandon Willis, of Columbia, Mo., Michael and wife, Bobbie Bilderback, of Ashland, Mo., Christopher Bilderback of Columbia, Mo., and Heather Bilderback of Columbia, Mo.; by nine great-grandchildren, Gracie Swallows of Dexter, Caleb Swallows of Puxico, Darian Bilderback and Alexis Bilderback of Ashland, Mo., Emma Willis and Audra Willis of Columbia, Mo., and Sierra Bilderback, Jennifer Bilderback and Aiden Freidin, all of Columbia, Mo.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one step daughter, Sherry Ellen Bilderback; by two brothers, Gene Locke and James Lewis; and by two sisters, Doris Gaebler and Lois Marcell.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Warren officiating. Burial followed in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.