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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Obituary - D. Jeanine Wilson

D. Jeanine “Jeannie” Wilson passed away on June 17, 2021. Jeannie was born Deborah Jeanine Matchette in Presque Isle, Maine on November 16, 1952. She died of complications due to repeated medical incompetence and apathy over a six year period. She leaves her husband Charles of the home. They had no children. Jeanine graduated from Central Missouri State University with a BSED in English and French.

Jeannie was a Renaissance woman in a specialize world. She refused to be pigeon-holed into a mundane life. Even though she majored in the humanities, Jeannie studied a variety of subjects like fencing and genetics. Jeannie was a world traveler and spent time in Australia, New Zealand, most of western Europe, and Mexico just to name a few. Whether she was parasailing in Mexico, standing on the Mount Cook glacier, or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, life was an adventure to savor. Jeannie was linguistically gifted and spoke French and Spanish. She also studied Greek, Latin, Italian, and Hawaiian as well as dabbling with German and Portuguese. Jeannie was a self-taught pianist and organist. She was a prize winning photographer, gourmet cook, and crochet artist. Jeanine was a published poetess. At the time of her death, she was still creating magic in the kitchen and was working on a cookbook. At age 35, she designed her dream home which was featured in the 1988 Parade of Homes. It included a two-story library with a spiral staircase. The interior was so colorful that it was written about in the Kansas City Star.

Jeannie loved cats both domestic and wild. She had an astounding level of expertise regarding all felines and had a goal to photograph every wild cat in the world. Jeannie identified strongly with the Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet and always surrounded herself with feline companions.

Jeannie retired in 2010 after an exceptional 32 year career in government service. For the first 16 years she excelled as a customer service specialist. She spent the next 16 years designing, editing, and publishing training material for her agency. Before joining the government, Jeannie was a businesswoman and owned a small motorcycle corporation in south Missouri. Jeannie became a professional wildlife photographer upon retiring. She had recently published a book of political commentary.

Jeannie served on the board of The Heart of America Indian Center in the late 1990s. While in government service, she also served as an officer on the Haskell Indian Nations University Advisory Board and the Federal Executive Board for Native Americans. She was a member of her agency’s American Indian Committee. Jeannie was also an EEO Investigator for eight years.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local animal shelter.