Jessie Call Newswander died peacefully in her sleep on June 10, 2021, surrounded by family in Afton, WY. On August 8, 1925, in Freedom, WY, Godfrey Arthur and Nora Newswander welcomed a baby girl into the world. They named her Jean. Then 25 minutes later were shocked to welcome another beautiful girl into the world. They named her Jessie. The next 95 years of Jessie’s life would be spent having adventures with her twin, skiing every nearby resort, horseback riding the hillsides of Star Valley, marrying Lee R. Call, enjoying night-time airplane flights, giving birth and raising five children, taking photographs for the family owned Star Valley Independent, painting many beautiful pieces of art, writing and publishing a sold-out cookbook, and enjoying the pleasures of simply going on a walk. Jessie was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt River during a rain and thunder storm on August 20, 1933. She had the gospel in her life, her home, and her heart. It provided comfort to her, opportunities for growth, and many blessings. She and Lee married in the Salt Lake City temple on December 21, 1943. They served a couple mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1990. They were called to serve in Cleveland, Ohio as Public Communications Missionaries. Jessie will be remembered by all as a refined, classy woman. She was never to be seen without her hair curled and lipstick on. She enjoyed jewelry and scarves, shoes and button-up blouses. She always looked her best, but easily accepted others as they were. She was full of smiles and took great pleasure in watching those around her succeed and be happy. “I am very proud of my family--my husband, my children and my parents. I have much to be thankful for. No, my life hasn't been filled with thrills and excitement, but what I've had is much better. Happiness, the gospel and a good family.” Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, GA and Nora Newswander; brothers, Elmo and Geoffrey; sister, Della Bagley; twin, Jean Lewis; spouse, Lee; son, Don; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Jessie is survived by her sons, Richard, Jeff, and Kendell; daughter, Annie Heiner; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Monday, June 14, 2021 in the Afton 2nd Ward LDS chapel. Burial took place in the Afton cemetery.
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