Jessie Midler passed away peacefully on the evening of October 22, 2017 at her home in Fallbrook, where she was a resident for the past seven years. Jessie was born (September 26, 1925) and grew up in North Carolina. She moved to Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona. After graduation, Jessie moved to Long Beach where she raised her family and worked as a kindergarten teacher in the LBUSD for 30 years.
Upon her retirement from teaching, Jessie and her husband, Marshall Midler, moved from Long Beach to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. They had a full life there that included boating, golfing, ceramics and real estate development. These activities however, took a back seat to her favorite pastime of that of being a grandmother. Our fondest family memories are of the many vacations spent visiting Havasu. We boated all day, played cards and ate tacos at night.
Jessie was the kindest, most loving woman you would ever hope to meet. She never had a bad thing to say and always found the best in everyone. She was a gentle soul who would help anyway she could.
Jessie is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Cooley and Susan Dukelow; stepson Jerry Midler; her grandchildren Joseph Cooley, Lance Midler, Caroline (Dukelow) Hobbs and Maxwell Dukelow, and her great-grandchildren Sully Midler, Justin Midler and Harper Hobbs. She is also survived by her brother, John Phillips, and her sister, Nancy Wyatt.
A celebration of Jessie’s life was held on Saturday, Nov. 25 with her family and friends. A few days her before her passing, she said, “Do not mourn for me. I have had a great life and I am ready to go”.