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Imogene "Jinx" Chester

April 12, 1936 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Imogene "Jinx" Chester Obituary

A memorial service for Imogene "Jinx" Chester, 87, of Coos Bay, will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Avenue with Pastor Mark Schiro, officiating, followed by a gathering at the Chester house for fire, BBQ and reminiscing. Cremation rites have been held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory, Coos Bay with inurnment to be held at Plumlee Cemetery in Compton, AR.

Imogene was born April 12, 1936 to Berry and Fannie (Reavis) Brisco in Erbie, Arkansas, in the house they lived in by her Granny Brisco, as the midwife. She passed away January 10, 2024 in Coos Bay. 

She married Kenneth Ray Chester July 8, 1953 in Hilltop, AR. They lived in Libby, MT from 1953-1956 moving to Powers, OR from 1956-1961 where she worked at B & R Cafe as a waitress. They moved to Coos Bay in 1961, where she worked in food services for School District #9 for 25 1/2 years, retiring in 1993. 

Imogene loved writing and receiving letters from Arkansas, even in her last months, she was still sharing letters from family in Arkansas and Missouri.

She loved sitting on her bed playing her guitar and singing old country songs, some of which she had written herself, her family was all musically inclined.

Imogene attended school of the Ozarks as a young teenager with her lifetime friend and sister-in-law, Nina. She loved family, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, traveling and camping.  

She and Ken traveled to 30 states, Mexico and Canada. They drove to Arkansas 41 times and flew several other times.

She will be missed. 

She is survived by her son, Andy Chester and wife, Jeannie of Summer Lake, OR; 4 grandsons, 1 great grandson and 5 great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken in 2018, her parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. 

She was preceded in death by her "adopted son", Rod Gulseth in 2018.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Plumlee Cemetery Fund C/O Marvin Sims HC 33, Box 103, Compton, AR 72624

Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. www.coosbayareafunerals.com 

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Memorial Service
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM


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