Jackie Schelly, 75, of Salt Lake City, Utah passed away suddenly on January 10, 2023.
Jackie was born in Great Falls, Montana to LeRoy and Emily (Krall) Schelly on March 20, 1947. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1965. Jackie graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a degree in Sociology and a minor in history. After moving to Salt Lake City, she received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Working for the State of Utah, she began a 30-year career initially working with children in the foster care system. She retired in 2004 as a supervisor in the Department of Workforce Services where she met many lifelong friends. After retiring, she would spend time in Montana visiting family and helping to take care of her mother, who lived to be 104. While in Great Falls she was involved with the Great Falls Iris Club where she met many co-iris lovers. She was a Utah Jazz basketball fan and attended local theatre productions often. Jackie volunteered at the Millcreek Community Center for many years as well as actively participating in yoga, ballet, meditation, karate, line dancing, choir, and card playing. She enjoyed walking in her neighborhood and was an avid gardener, belonging to several garden clubs. Preserving food from her own garden was a hobby she took pleasure in whether it be canning or dehydrating or even making her own yogurt.
Jackie is survived by her nieces, Renee (Mike) Redler of Missoula, MT, Schelly (Kevin) Paterson of Warren, MI, her 3 great nephews, Cody, Westley and Joe, her great niece Emily, her dear cousin Lila Beck of Great Falls, Aunt Loretta and many loving Krall cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy Schelly, her mother Emily (Krall) Schelly, her sister Judy Schelly) Mitchum.
Memorial gifts may be made to support the Mesulam Center's PPA Research and Education Fund, ℅ Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 420 E Superior Street, 9th Floor, Chicago IL 60611 or feinberg.northwestern.edu/giving.
Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Great Falls, Montana.