Ione Jackman

Ione Ashby Jackman passed away on March 11, 2014. She was born April 28, 1937 to Lyman Ashby and Hortense Gardner Ashby. She was the 6th of 6 children. She graduated from White Pine High School in 1955. Ione married Walter Jackman on September 25, 1955. They had 2 daughters, Debra Grafelman and Peggy Jackman, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.

Ione started working for the attorney Dutch Horton while in high school. She became his office manager and worked to close his office following his death. She was a public guardian for White Pine County and a Bankruptcy Trustee. She was hard working and intelligent.

When Debra was in high school, Ione became involved with the White Pine High School Band. She worked with the Band Booster organization and later became the band manager. She loved working with the students.

Jackman1She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Jackman, her parents, and her siblings, Lorraine, Melvin, LaRose Reese, and Elva Davis.

Ione is survived by her sister Gayle Mattice; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith; her daughters, Debra and Peggy; her son-in-law Daniel Grafelman; her grandchildren Carl Grafelman (Taley), Heather Wilhelm (Bill), Emilie Ozmore (Talon), Michelle Grafelman, and John Grafelman; her great-granddaughter Amira Grafelman; nieces and nephews.

Ione was a good mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Ely Stake Center located at 900 Ave. East in Ely, Nevada. A viewing will be held from 11:30-12:30 pm prior to the services on Friday. Interment will be in the Ely City Cemetery under the directions of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Learning Bridge Charter School in care of Warren Krch, PO Box 150653, Ely, Nevada 89315, 775-289-3511.


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  1. Kathy Nall says:

    We sure had some fun times with Ione in White Pine band boosters. We made many trips with her. She always had us so organized! What a great lady! We will surely miss her.

  2. Darlene (Stone) Fassler says:

    Dear Asby Family: So sorry to hear about Ione,s passing. My prayers are with you all. She was a great majoret

  3. David O'Shea says:

    Back in the 80’s, Mrs. Jackman was the glue that held our marching band together. She was a whiz at managing all of the details, and organizing all of the kids and uniforms. She went with us to Washington DC in 1984, and made that whole trip seamless.

    Later on, I crossed paths with her when I worked in Reno. She was always a hard worker, and devoted a lot of her time to making Ely a better place. She was an amazing lady.

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