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Jacqueline "Jackie" Tompkins

Jacqueline M. Tompkins, age 68, of Aurora, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Bryan/LGH East in Lincoln.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 1st at Peace Church in New Salem, North Dakota. Inurnment will take place in Graceland Cemetery following the services. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. A Memorial service was held in Aurora, Nebraska on Monday, March 27th. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Jacqueline Mae Tompkins, the daughter of John and Mildred (Tausend) Cofer, was born in New Salem, North Dakota on May 5, 1948 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 23, 2017, at the age of 68.

She grew up in New Salem and went to school thru the 8th grade and then went on to help on the family farm. She later obtained her G.E.D., something that she was very proud of.

Jackie was united in marriage to Richard Barth and two daughters were born to them, Kimberly and Kristina. They later were divorced and Jackie was then married to Tommy Tompkins and they had a daughter, Laura. They divorced later.

She managed the Pizza Hut in Jamestown, North Dakota for many years. She relocated to Aurora, Nebraska in November of 1991 where she managed the Tree Tops restaurant in Aurora. Jackie moved to Almont, North Dakota where she managed the Senior Center and took care of her brother, Dale. She moved back to Aurora in June of 2014.

She enjoyed cross-stitching, going to her grandchildren’s activities, reading, and gardening. Jackie was best known for her compassion for others.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wayne Cofer; half brothers Vincent (Erma) Cofer, Arden (Yvonne) Cofer, Gordon (Ramona) Cofer, John ‘Jack’ Cofer, Dale Cofer and Jim Hoherz; half sisters, Jean (Bud) Henry, Dorothy (Marvin) Brewer and an infant half-sister, Carley Mae.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Kim (Arnold “Bud”) Schaaf of Bismark, North Dakota, Kris (Rick) Stettner of Hampton and Laura (Tompkins) Ballard and significant other Jeff Wray of Giltner; grandchildren, Lacey (Andrew) Magathan, Edwin Bryce Hein, Austin (Devin Edds) Barth, Taylor Stettner, Taryn Stettner, Gavin Eberhardt, Kaley Ballard, Ethan Ballard and Emma Wray; 2 great-grandchildren on the way; brothers, Alfred (Bernadette) Cofer; sister, Leilani (Earl) Bittner; half-brother, Bill (Ruth) Hoherz; sister-in-law, Gloria Cofer and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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