Betty Jane “BJ” Jesse, 73, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born November 5, 1946 in Decatur, the daughter of Grover Benton and Erma Leone “Onie” (Sharp) Etherton and they preceded her in death. She married George William “Bill” Jesse on July 30, 1965 in Moweaqua and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1976.
She is survived by two children, Stephanie (Kevin) Ferguson of Cissna Park and Troy (Marcella Baldwin) Jesse of Portland, OR; three brothers, Kenneth (Carol Sue) Etherton of Assumption, Dean (Kathy) Etherton of Merritt Island, FL and Jeff (Julie) Etherton of Harristown; two sisters, Beverly (Rick) Bracken of Decatur and Becky Etherton of Decatur; two grandchildren, Brenna Noelle Ferguson and Carter Ford Ferguson both of Cissna Park; and many nieces and nephews.
BJ was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and her greatest joy was her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Woodlawn (IOOF) Moweaqua Township Cemetery in Moweaqua.
Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park Fire Department or Donor’s Choice.
Please share a memory of BJ at knappfuneralhomes.com.