“She was the most courageous, caring person I have ever know” was heard many times about Jackie Frye. Jackie was born September 20, 1927 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Weighing in at 1 LB and 9 oz. She was held in the palm of a hand, fed with an eye dropper, slept in a shoe box and kept alive with hot water bottles and lots of TLC by nurses that still wore white and Nuns in black with white Habits. It was not discovered that her leg had been pulled from the hip socket till, in learning to walk she was unable to keep from falling down. The leg was put in a cast which enabled her to walk till her teens, when a limp became more prominent. Jackie was unable to continue school as she was unable to keep up with running from class to class, but she could still walk and work and she chose to without blame or complaint. She also chose to have one of the first Hip Replacement operations of the fifties which saw her through to her retirement from American Distillery in 1980 after 32 years. Jackie was the daughter of Margaret Mary Evens Hirth and Harold Kirby Frye and grand daughter of Edith and Jacob Frye and step daughter of a beloved step-father George “Porge” Hirth, all deceased. Jackie leaves behind her sister Pat Frye and Pat’s children; Michael and Jeffrey Walker, Tim Reid and Priscilla Reid (Deceased) and a truckload full of cousins, nieces and nephews all laying claim to the ancestral line of Hezechia and Charlotte Evens. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial mass will be held on Friday December 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was a member at 10 a.m. Father Timothy Nolan will officiate. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at her church and the 25 year club of American Distillery. Jackie will join her mother and Porge in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Abts Mortuary
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