March 21, 1930 – Jan. 6, 2014
Jacquelyn Tebbs Hancock Guthrie was born March 21, 1930 to Cal Meeks Tebbs and Reba Marchant in Cowley. She grew up a sheep-rancher’s daughter, developing skills and a work ethic for a lifetime of service as she helped her mother care for seven younger siblings. Three more were born after Jacque was married. She also helped cook for a large crew of ranch hands.
A musically talented and vivacious beauty, she shared her gifts as a pianist and clarinetist, but above all as a vocalist in high school productions, as well as in church. She would continue to develop her extraordinary gift as a mezzo-soprano throughout her life, moving religious congregations with sublime renditions of “O Divine Redeemer” and “Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee,” thrilling audiences with a powerful interpretation of Gershwin’s “Summertime” or an expert rendering of Mahler’s art songs.
In 1948, Jacque (pronounced Jackie) moved to Provo to attend Brigham Young University, where she soon met Ralph Hancock, who had just arrived from the small fishing community of Harkers Island, N.C. Jacque and Ralph were married March 24, 1949, in Cowley. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, LDS Temple.
Their union was soon blessed by children, six born in close succession: Jacquelyn Sue (Richard Brown), Ralph Cornel (Julie), Minta June (Craig) Hal, Dennis Dale (Leslie), Michelle (Kenneth) Willis and Michael Noel (Lela Hinds Peterson), and after a pause of eight years, a last blessing, Carol Ann (Andrew) Snethen was born.
The young family moved frequently to follow improving employment opportunities in the states of Wyoming, North Carolina, Utah, Idaho and California, before settling for longer periods in Portland (1960-1968), and finally, after the birth of her last daughter and the marriage of her first, to Mercer Island, Wash. Jacque made a lovely and loving home for her growing family at more than a dozen residences over those years.
While cultivating and sharing her musical talents with church and community, she proved her excellent athletic gifts as a competitive bowler and a graceful slalom water skier.
She was always an active member of her local ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she gave many hours of service in callings such as visiting teacher, choir director and Relief Society president.
In 1994 Jacque moved with Ralph back to his North Carolina homeland for retirement. Tragically, Ralph died in a boating accident just a year later. In 1997, Jacque married Ikie Guthrie, a native of Harkers Island, and decorated veteran of the invasion of Normandy. Jacque and Ikie were devoted companions until his death in July of 2013.
Jacque is survived by her seven children, 31 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren, and by eight of her siblings: Mary Alice Moncur of St. George, Utah, Terry of St. George, Loretta Nicholls of Phillips Ranch, Calif., Clark “Chuck” of Salt Lake City, Christene Adrignola of Rollins, Mont., Jeff of Draper, Utah, Reba Padilla of Salt Lake City and Caleen Martinez of Salt Lake City. She was preceded in death by her parents, two loving husbands, her brother Ernest and sister Sue Moncur and by her great-grandson, Daniel Miller.
Last July, Jacque spent a wonderful week with children and grandchildren at a family reunion in Washington. Her last few months were spent in the loving care of her daughter, Jacque Sue, and son-in-law, Richard Brown, in their Twin Falls home. Shortly before her death her daughter Michelle Willis and her grandson John Hancock spent many sweet hours with her making an audio recording of reminiscences. Jacque also enjoyed a magnificent Christmas performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City shortly before her passing.