Jessie Barnum Hinkle, 91, Oregon, died on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Jessie was born on Dec. 17, 1922 in Chicago, to Jessie (Locke) and George Loyd Barnum.
Jessie had one sister, Dorothy B. Willot, who preceded her in death.
Jessie married William Hallam Hinkle on March 11, 1944 in Riverside. Her husband preceded her in death on June 24, 1968.
She was raised in Riverside and graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
She worked as a commercial artist in Oak Park before moving to Oregon in 1947.
She taught art classes at her own art studio in Oregon called Mar-Jess and in her home. She served as executive director of Oregon Community Day Care Center for 13 and one-half years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School. Jessie served as past-president and board member of the original Eagles Nest Art Group and a member of the present current group.
She also served as a member of the original board of directors for the Rock River Center.
Her art has been exhibited in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, including Illinois and Wisconsin.
Survivors include a son, William Barnum (Juanita) Hinkle; granddaughter, Hana Hinkle-Peterson; and “grandson,” Colin Peterson, all of Oregon; and son, Robert Loyd (Kathryn) Hinkle, Clinton, Tenn.
Her family would like to acknowledge and thank her caretaker, Jeanni Harms for the extraordinary care and companionship she provided to Jessie in her final years.
Through Jeanni’s care, Jessie was able to have the quality of life she deserved and the independence she desired.
A private family burial was held on Wednesday, June 25 at Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. A memorial event is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to Serenity Hospice and Home, PO Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061 or the Eagles Nest Art Group.
The family was assisted by Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon.
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