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Jackie Wilken, 

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age 87 passed away at the Douglas County hospital on Dec. 10th, 2021. She was born Anna Jack Alee Liardon on August 29th, 1934, in Hutto, TX and raised in the cotton fields on her parent’s farm.

She was the oldest of 5 children. She had two little sisters who died as toddlers. The family was invited to go to the local Free Church. On the way home, in the car, she asked Jesus into her heart which changed her life. She is now in the arms of Jesus in heaven!

She left Texas to go to college in Chicago at Trinity Evangelical Free Church College, where she got her degree in elementary education. While there, she met Dick Wilken. They married and moved to Dick’s home state of Minnesota in Milaca and had 5 children. In 1964 they moved to lake Carlos State Park for 7 years and in 1971 bought their farm East of Miltona where they resided for the last 50 years until her death.

Jackie and Dick lived a life off the land, gardening, trapping, and wild ricing. Jackie had her own trap line for many years and won the National Woman Trapper of the year award back in 1967. She was also Dick’s wild ricing partner for over 50 years.

In college Jackie was a standout singer and soloist. She was very involved in Rose City Free Church where she continued to share her singing gift. She also enjoyed writing many “Letters to the Editor” articles over the years.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Edna Liardon, brothers Fred and Samuel Liardon, sisters Caroline and Roberta Liardon, daughter-in-law Marilyn Wilken, and since her passing, son Douglas Wilken on January 28th, 2022.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dick Wilken. Sons, Eric (Sue) Wilken, Daniel (Vicki) Wilken, Curtis (Debra) Wilken, daughter Susan (Jeff) Nelson, and daughter-in-law Dona Koshowany. Grandchildren, Laura Weber, Chris Dau, Derek Dau, Kara Shepard, Matthew Wilken, Meagan Lindberg, Samantha Minerich, James Wilken, Elizabeth Wilken. Step grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Kateryna Koshowany, and 7 great grandchildren.

Service will be Saturday, March 5th, 2022, at Rose City Evangelical Free Church, 11:00 AM with early visitation at 10:00 AM.

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