Obituary – Harriet Jakobs |

Obituary – Harriet Jakobs

Harriet L. Jakobs, 91, of Grass Valley, died Wednesday, Jan 9, in a local medical facility.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services.

Mrs. Jakobs was born and raised in Grass Valley. She attended local schools and graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1927. She worked as a telephone operator for the phone company for many years. She married Frank Jakobs in 1936.

They built their home in Grass Valley in 1940. During World War II, they lived in Fresno, Berkeley and Reno while her husband worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hall Scott Motors. They opened a hobby business in 1946 in teh basement of the old Partridge Hotel in Grass Valley. In 1950, they purchased a business they operated as Frank’s Office Equipment, which they ran until retiring in 1972.

Mrs. Jakobs enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, local history and travel. She was poast president and a longtime member of the Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society. She marched in the Donation Day Parade since she was a child. She wrote a complete history of the society that dates back to when her mother marched in the first Donation Day Parade in 1883. Her knowledge of Nevada County and Grass Valley history has been cited by many local authors and historians who have written about the area. She lent manyh historical photos and artifacts to the Grass Valley Video History Museum.

She is survived by daughters Francine East of El Dorado Hills and Karen Mazzei of Grass Valley; son Charlie Jakobs of Grass Valley; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1994.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grass Valley Video History Museum or to the Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society.

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