Jackie L. Courtney O’Rear, 64, of Madison, Indiana, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at the IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1956, in Covington, Kentucky, to Bobby Lee and Nancy Lee Lonaker Courtney. She lived in Madison most of her life and attended Madison Consolidated High School. She married Stephen R. O’Rear on Dec. 22, 1979, in Madison, and they had a daughter and blended their families together with two other daughters. She operated the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream franchise in downtown Madison for 23 years and in 1989 was honored with Baskin-Robbins’ Golden Scoop Award for her Key Lime flavor in a flavor search contest. She received a gift of life kidney donation from her brother in 1989. She worked with Madison Consolidated Schools as an ISP in the Special Education department and as a substitute for 14 years. She was a Christian and enjoyed attending various church services as well as New Life Fellowship Church as her health permitted. She enjoyed music, reading, collecting vintage Avon bottles, gardening, crossword puzzles, traveling and being with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years of Madison; her daughters, Rebecca Renee Rice and Megan Elizabeth Sprong, both of Madison; her stepdaughter, Deanne Sue Cameron of Las Vegas; her brother, Mayor Bob Courtney of Madison; two sisters, Tonia Hambrick of Madison and Mary Jo Perry of Greenfield, Indiana; and four grandchildren, a great grandson, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Tina Marie Courtney Aldridge on May 13, 2000 and Arlene F. Courtney Coss on Dec. 26, 2014; a niece and other family.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Private interment will follow at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or Habitat for Humanity through the funeral home. Online condolences and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.