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Coral Lea Jacobsen

Coral Lea Jacobsen, age 63, of Marquette, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at her home.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:30 P.M. Monday, January 23rd at Countryside Bible Church. Pastor Rod Goertzen will officiate. A family burial service will be at the Hampton Village Cemetery prior to the service. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 P.M. Sunday at Countryside Bible Church, 904 South W Road, Hampton. Memorials may be made to the Countryside Bible Church building fund or Samaritan Ministries. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Coral Lea was born in Central City, Nebraska on March 23, 1953. She is the daughter of James LeRoy and Bette (Hartford) Luff. Coral Lea passed away in Marquette, Nebraska on January 16, 2017, at the age of 63.

Coral Lea grew up on the farm ˝ mile South of the Kronborg Corner. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1971 and then attended Kearney State College for two years. She married Jeffrey Jacobsen on May 26, 1973 at Kronborg. She completed her nursing degree and received her BSN in Nursing from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, while Jeff was stationed in the Fort Riley Subpost, in Salina.

She worked as the public school nurse in Curtis, NE., while Jeff attended the Ag. School, UNSTA. Over the years she worked as a nurse in Aurora, and as a visiting nurse for Tabitha Home Health Care. Coral Lea also enjoyed her work on the farm delivering baby pigs, irrigating, and harvesting, particularly enjoying the jobs of combine operator and truck driver.

They lived for a short time in Grand Island, and sold their home there in Spring of 1980, just a few hours before the night of tornadoes that hit the city. They have been on the farm one mile East of the Kronborg Corner since that time.

Left to remember her are her husband, Jeff of 43 years; their four children, Solomon & Allison Jacobsen and their sons, Silas and Jett of Shawnee, Kansas, Anna & Andy Frahm and their children, Cami Lea, Calvin, Jude and Jada of Lincoln, Jordan & Anne Jacobsen and their children, Charlotte, Ira, and Esther Lea of Shawnee, Kansas, and Nicholas & Sarah Jacobsen and their sons, Isaac and Christian of Lincoln. One of her greatest joys in this life was organizing the family trips held during Thanksgiving Week. She loved having her family come to the farm, to stay overnight, play with the cats, catch frogs, work, and listen while she read to the children. Coral Lea valued the week in Summer that grandchildren stayed all week and went to Bible School in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. Sharing her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with her children and grandchildren was her most important role as “Mom” and “Gramma”. Her desire to be Jeff’s helpmate, farmhand, best friend, and loving wife was apparent in the life she lived.

Those who preceded her in death are her parents, Jim & Bette Luff, and her father-in-law, Elmer Jacobsen.

Other left to remember her are her two brothers, Thomas (Debbie) Luff and Mike (Michelle) Luff ; sister, Bunny (Greg) Chaney; brothers-in-law, Luke (Lori) Jacobsen, Noel (Joni) Jacobsen and Mark (Diana) Jacobsen and her mother-in-law, Joy Jacobsen.

Coral Lea also loved and so much appreciated the brothers and sisters she had in the Lord. In her year plus illness with pancreatic cancer, she had such a desire to remain on here and serve the Lord in this world, while she also looked forward to a new body and being with Christ. Phillippians 1:21-23 came to very much a part of these months. Her gratitude for what the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit had done in bringing her to repentance for her sinfulness, paying the cost of sin, and giving her eternal life, was considered marvelous and almost beyond comprehension. These thoughts helped overcome the sorrow and tears of leaving so many she loved so much. She was a member of Countryside Bible Church, near Hampton, since 1998. She holds an eternal gratitude for those inside and outside of the church who loved, ministered, taught, and encouraged her during her life on earth.

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