Ida Jessilyn Akin, 86, of Verona, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, while at her home.
Jessilyn was born on Oct. 17, 1929, in rural Purdy, daughter of the late William Oliver Young and Olive Mabel (Lane) Young. Jessilyn graduated from Purdy High School with the class of 1947, and furthered her education at Drury University where she obtained her masters degree in special education. Jessilyn was a hard worker and had many accomplishments in her life. She had been employed with Bank of America in California, was a bookkeeper for her husband's woodworking business, a family service aide and teacher for Head Start in Mt. Vernon and Aurora; a teacher for Verona and Aurora Schools and lastly, conducted home visits for the Missouri School for the Deaf. Also, for the last 33 years, she and her husband operated Rocky Top Blueberry Farm in Verona. Jessilyn loved taking care of her children and others. She was a wonderful mother and teacher. For many years, she donated her time to strengthen the values of hundreds of Boy Scouts. She also enjoyed sewing and ceramics.
On Jan. 2, 1949, in Monett, Jessilyn married Dewey Lee Akin. They enjoyed 60 years together until his passing in 2009. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elane Hutchens.
Survivors include her son, Matt Akin, of Verona; her daughter, Sandy Keith, and husband Roger, of Ozark; one sister, Marjorie Ryder, and her husband Robert, of Cassville; five grandsons, Angus, Andrew and Anthony Akin and James and William Keith; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Mrs. Akin will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Purdy Cemetery in Purdy. Rev. Tony Martin will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions have been requested to the Boy Scouts Troop #48, Aurora, in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.