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Jackie Lea Babbitt

Jackie Lea Babbitt, 87, daughter of Ira and Lizzie Ruth Babbitt, was born November 29, 1927 in Branson, Colorado. She departed this life on December 21, 2014 in Ozark, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, sisters Opal, Margaret and Dora, and brother Loren.

Jackie had a heart of gold; she would welcome her loved ones with her comforting smile, engaging laugh and legendary cooking. No one left Jackie’s house without feeling loved and well fed. Her homemade cinnamon rolls, apple butter and chicken and dumplings were only a few of her signature treats. A visit to Jackie’s always led to storytelling, reminiscing, laughter and a nap. She had a great wit about her that will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Her cooking, loving nature and genuine presence were complimented by a work ethic that never faltered.

Jackie moved from Branson, Colorado, to the Cabool, Missouri, area with her family when she was a small child. As a teenager Jackie enjoyed playing the piano and singing; she could frequently be heard on the radio singing gospel on Saturdays in West Plains, Missouri, with her cousin, Frankie Branstetter. She also loved to sing in a quartet at a church.

She married in 1944 and raised four children in Cabool. She later moved to the Springfield, Missouri, area in about 1976 where she lived until she passed away on December 21, 2014.

She dearly loved her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Jackie is survived by two daughters, Nelda Aldridge Loyd and husband Ken and Margaret Aldridge Wiltscheck and Phil Skillings; two sons, Garry Aldridge and wife Donna (Lane) and Terry Aldridge and wife Lesley (Gray); nine grandchildren, Michael Loyd and wife Jennifer, Missy Loyd Brinkmann and husband John, Brian Bunch, Daeghan Wiltscheck, Amanda Aldridge, Trever Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Taylor Aldridge White and husband Eric, and Tyler Aldridge; seven great-grandchildren, Jack Brinkmann, Olyvia Brinkmann, Hannah Bunch, Brendan Bunch, Kenneth Loyd, Meghan Loyd and Ryekin Wiltscheck; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and loving friends.

Services will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Providence Church, PP Highway, Cabool. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:00. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.

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