Jacquelyn "Jackie" Sue Gendreau
Jacquelyn “Jackie” Sue Gendreau, 61, passed away suddenly of heart failure at her Glenwood Springs home on June 28, 2007.Jackie was born Oct. 19, 1945, in Manchester, Iowa, to Benjamin and Gloria Hilsenbeck. The family moved to Boulder in 1952. She graduated from Boulder High School, attended CSU in Fort Collins and later graduated from Mesa College in Grand Junction with a degree in nursing. Jackie devoted her life both personally and professionally to helping others. She was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. As a registered nurse, Jackie took great pride and joy in helping others through difficult times. She worked at Valley View Hospital in the Youth Recovery Center and truly loved helping kids.Jackie found peace in the great outdoors and cherished the Rocky Mountains. She loved hiking, biking and horseback riding. She found beauty and life in the littlest details that are often missed by others. She was an animal lover and treasured her dog and hiking companion, Willow.Jackie is survived by her beloved mother, Gloria Hilsenbeck, and Gloria’s longtime companion Jerry Petersen, both of Boulder; her dear son and his wife, Brent and Stacy Gendreau, and the light of her life, her grandson, Spencer Gendreau, all of Glenwood Springs; her Aunt Edie and Uncle Duane Boone, of Longmont; and her Uncle Don Boone, of Manchester, Iowa.Jackie was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Hilsenbeck, and brother, Steve Hilsenbeck.We will forever miss her wonderful laugh, beautiful smile, shoulder to lean on and long talks. “We love you to the moon and back.”In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE), or the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 1759 R St. NW, P.O. Box 97167, Washington, D.C. 20090-7167; or the charity of your choice in Jackie’s memory. A celebration of Jackie’s life will take place on Thursday, July 12, at the Coryell Ranch Cabin (south of Aspen Glen on County Road 109) in Carbondale, at 9 a.m.
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