GWINN, MI. - Jeanette Elizabeth Temple, 86, of Gwinn, rejoined her husband, the love of her life, on November 21, 2013.
She was born December 26, 1926, in Carbondale, Illinois, a daughter of the late Emanuel Lee and Josephine L. (Rodgers) Ulrey. She graduated from Carbondale Community High School where she played the violin and French horn in the school's marching band and was a festival queen her senior year.
Jeanette met her lifelong love, Francis Gene Temple, when she was just two and he was three years old. Years later, on April 20, 1946 they were married in Carbondale following his return from WWII.
As an Air Force wife, she made a home for her family on Air Force bases across the US and Germany and ending at KI Sawyer. Jeanette and Gene were caring people who gave of themselves and opened their home and hearts to hundreds of service people and "adopting" them as family.
Jeanette loved her family and was proud of the 87 total years of military service by her immediate family. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, her pets and taking care of others.
Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Mather Nursing Center for their hugs and loving care of Jeanette.
She is survived by four children, Phil (Cathi) Temple of Aliceville, KS, Ken (Joanne) Temple of Herrin, IL, Scott (Fran Falk) Temple of Green Bay, WI and Cindy (Tom) Packard of Gwinn; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, F. Gene Temple in 1997; siblings, Genevieve Ulrey, Catherine Ulrey Teel, Lee Ulrey and Dean Ulrey; granddaughter, Carrie Temple; and adopted daughter, Debbie Rutishauser.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois.
Rev. Tom Packard will be officiating.
The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.