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Jessie May Greenwell Obituary


Jessie May Greenwell died Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at the Salt River Nursing Home in Shelbina, MO.  Funeral services were held October 1 at the Methodist Church in Shelbina.


Mrs. Greenwell was born in Bethel, MO. on August 16,1906, the daughter of Jesse and Rhoda Lee Pickett Taylor.  She was adopted and raised by Edmond and Frannie Pickett Taylor, brother and sister of the birth parents.


On December 1, 1925, she was united in marriage to George Welch Greenwell in Liberty.  He preceded her in death on January 23,1988.  Mr. Greenwell was a renowned horse trainer and has the distinction for judging the World’s Championship more times than any other judge.  Their son, Carol Greenwell judged the prestigious show as well.  The father-son winning duo won the same World’s Championship class, with Welch winning the three-gaited in 1948 and Carol winning the same class  forty years to the date. 


Two grandsons, Mark and Billy, are trainers in the saddle horse industry, at Woodhaven Farm in Champaign, Illinois and Cleveland Park Stable, Greenville, SC, respectively.


She is survived by one daughter; Joan Bierly of Shelbina; one son: Hiram Greenwell and his wife Patti of Shelbina; one daughter-in-law, Margie Greenwell of Ava; one siser: Rhoda Lee Hawkins of Shelbina; ten grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.


Jessie May’s greatest love was her family, and she encouraged their every endeavor, always being there for each of them, grandchildren included, setting an example by her caring concern.

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