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Jessie Willoughby

10/07/1941 — 04/13/2024

From Richland, WA | Born in San Angelo, TX

Funeral Service

Sat, May 4, 2024, 11:00 am
Richland Baptist Church

1632 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354

Celebration of Life

Sat, May 4, 2024, 12:00 pm
Beverly Heights Park
 Richland ,WA 

Jessie Willoughby

The Obituary of Jessie Elizabeth Zelda Willoughby-Davis (written by her daughter, Trina Cline)

Jessie left this world peacefully on April 13th, 2024

Jessie was born on October 7, 1941, to Stuart Renfro and Jewel Juanita (McKaughan) Willoughby in San Angelo, Texas. In 1944,  Stewart “Stu” was presented with the opportunity to travel across several states to work at “The Hanford Project”. The family packed up their family of 8 and moved to a place called Richland, WA and they eventually moved to 1532 McPherson.  Jewel was not impressed by this one-horse town that had dirt roads and tumbleweeds. Rumor has it that “Jewel” would not get out of the car for three days, she wanted to go back to Texas. Jewel finally accepted the fact that this is where they are going to make their home and they ended up living the rest of their lives here.

In 1952, when Jessie was just 10 years old, she lost her eldest sister “Wanetta” to a horrible car accident that happened on Birch Avenue in Richland. This was a devastation to the family, but with the strong family bond, they made it through with love.

Jessie met Gerald Linn Cline when she was just 17 years old. They married and had 3 children together; Kimberlee Kay Dallaire, the eldest daughter,  Kerry Linn Cline, the only son, and Trina Marie Cline, the youngest daughter. They remained married for 15+ years.

Jessie landed a job at Westinghouse and worked there for 10 years where she met her current husband Johnny Joe Davis (J.J.). They were also both part of the Ski Club and had crossed paths at different events before J.J. asked her out. They were married in 1985 and stayed happily married for 38 years. JJ took on the role of Stepdad to her 3 children whom he loved as his own. This was a blessing to both J.J. and the children, for he is a wonderful husband and perfected his role of Stepdad.

Jessie and J.J. moved immediately after their wedding to Pennsylvania. J.J. worked as a Health Physics Technician and they traveled for J.J’s job working at different DOE sites and Nuclear Plants . They lived in Minnesota, Kentucky, and New Mexico. During this time Jessie had the opportunity to go back to college. In fact she went to several Universities, and even lived in a dorm while studying economics at the Saint Cloud State University. Jessie was in the master’s Program for learning and training technologies before she returned to Richland to help the family through some difficult times.

She lived a full life of traveling, studying, even owning her own business at one point “Willobee Techniques” a computer based training development company. She had several hobbies that included, knitting, crocheting, windsurfing, baking, arts and crafts. She loved to snow ski. In her younger days, she was an avid runner. Jessie was a talented artist and was one of the artists featured at the very first “Art in the Park” doing portraits. Her children remember always having to sit still so that she could draw them.

Jessie also had it in her heart to help those that needed it, always going above and beyond. She helped tutor several people including her own daughter and grandchildren. She tutored several individuals in math to enable them to finish what for them was a challenging subject.

Jessie was strong in her faith and was part of several churches locally and afar, wherever she went people were drawn to her.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Floyd and Stewart (Renie) Willoughby, sisters Wanetta Willoughby, Mary Trimble, and her 1st husband and good friend Jerry Cline.  She is survived by her husband J.J. Davis, her children Kim, Kerry, and Trina, her grandchildren Lacee, Koty, and Joel. She is also survived by her sister Sharron Movick, several nieces and nephews, and an array of friends.

Jessie was shining light wherever she went and will be extremely missed by her husband, children, family and lots of friends.

“May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields.  And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

We Love you and will always remember the love and kindness that you laid upon us all. Thank you for all that you taught us, we will never forget you. We will miss you beyond belief. Rest in peace our beautiful Jessie.

In Lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to Tri-City Domestic Violence and the Benton Franklin Humane Society.


The Celebration of Life will be Directly across from 241 Ada Street, Beverly Heights.

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  • I will forever hold fond memories of Jesse! AKA Mrs. Cline
    Such a kind and loving person.

    I remember asking what we should do as teens to be as beautiful as her. She told us always finish our face wash with cold water. Could this be her secret to beauty throughout her years. Likely so!

    Mrs. Cline will be missed and I will cherish her memory through the remainder of my years.
    Thank you for your patience, guidance and love.

    Much love to Trina and Kerry.

    Sleep with Angels Mrs. Cline

    Tonia Garrigues (Burks)
    May 3, 2024
    Portland, OR
  • Jessie, my wife, Love of my life.

    It is with sadness and thankfulness that I write this. I miss you so badly. But I am so thankful that I had you as my wife. It has bee about 40 years we have been together and over 38 ½ years we have been married. We had such a wonderful life together. These are memories that will last forever.

    As Psalms 139 says, wherever I go, there YOU are. Whether hiking on the Appalachian trail, snow skiing at one of the several places we have been, soaring in a glider in Pennsylvania, riding a hot air balloon over Albuquerque, scuba diving in the Virgin Islands or in lake Cerulean in Kentucky, God has been with us. And HE will always be with us.

    In this world, we have seen great beauty. The giant redwoods, the majestic mountains, the beautiful lakes and rivers. But nothing will compare to what HE has in store for us over there. Missing you until I see you again over there.
    Love JJ

    Johnny Joe Davis
    May 2, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • My dear friend Trina & Family,

    I send my deepest condolences to all the family. Cherish all the beautiful memories you all have . Always talk about Jessie and always know she is watching over you all. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers .
    May she rest and may the mighty lord above comfort and strengthen your hearts.

    Ariana U. Espinoza
    April 27, 2024
    Pasco, WA
  • My dear friend, Jessie, “God who began a good work within you, helped you grow in His grace until the task within you was finally finished on that day” April 13, 2024, when His angels ushered you home to be with Jesus! Praise!

    Jessie has been my friend since childhood. In our early years, as single moms when the kids were little, we were each other’s confidant, encourager and companion . We both barely had enough to make ends meet but she always had a creative way of making the most out of nothing for the kiddo’s birthdays and holidays festive and fun! Back in the day, we took turns at each other’s houses, set up our ironing boards, ironed like mad, and laughed our way through that dreary chore! Jessie loved being a mom! I’ll never forget how she was over the moon when learning she was pregnant with Trina! Jessie & I could always pick up where we left off no matter the big gaps of time in between seeing each other. After she and JJ were married, my husband & I enjoyed times with them and at our cabin. When JJ was out-of-town working, she and I got together often to study & pray at her house. She would create spiritual ambiance in her front room with candles and other décor to set the tone. We’d pace the room and pray aloud for our husbands, kids & extended family. She was such a prayer warrior! When my mother was hospitalized for surgery, I walked into the waiting room and there was Jessie with Bible in hand, praying for her! Twenty four years prior to my beloved husband’s passing, he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. She faithfully stood in prayer for him and believed the Lord would save him and give him a long life. Her prayers were answered! Jessie treasured her family & friends more than life itself! And, oh how she loved her pets too! I have many cherished memories with her, the kids and with JJ. It’s hard to imagine life on this side of heaven without her. She will be sorely missed! I’m grateful Jessie is finally at peace with Jesus.

    Dear Ones,
    JJ, Kim, Kerry, Trina, grandchildren, family and friends, I send you my heartfelt condolences and prayers for the Lord’s comfort & strength through this time of sorrow and loss.


    Judy Williams
    April 21, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • JJ and family,
    Our sincere sympathy and earnest prayers for you on the loss of your dear Jessie. JJ, may your quiet spirit prevail through this difficult time as your faith rests in God’s sure promises.
    Dave and Janie Helms

    David Helms
    April 21, 2024
  • To My Mother and my best friend,

    I can’t believe that you are not here. You were my protector, my teacher, my friend. I love you so very much, I can’t even explain it, but I know that you know my heart. I thank you for your sense of humor, your wisdom, your compassion and understanding and your love. I will always carry you in my heart. We are going to celebrate your life always. My heart is broken, but I will carry on and be strong like you taught me. I love you Mamma. You are so special and beautiful, one of a kind. God bless you, don’t worry about us, we will be ok, but the void will always be there. We are taking care of J.J. for you. I will see you again someday, and that will be the most glorious day!! I love you to the moon and back Momma!!
    your little girl
    Trina 🙂

    April 20, 2024
  • To my aunt Jessie, I know I’ve been missing for years, dealing in my own grief of losing my mom, your sister, for so long now, but I needed to tell you how much I love you ,and thank you for such great memories,of being a child growing up around you and your children ,my cousins! You were the one that gave me my love of baking,and candy making! You knew it was somthing you could pass on to me, (you also knew I’d never get it from my mom, your sister cus she didn’t like it at all LOL.)Such memories I’ll keep in my heart forever!You were the patient sister, now that I look back as an older woman, you had my mom, Mary who was the boss, and younger sister Sheri, who was more of the baby, but you were in the middle, always showing patience, strength,and compassion! We had what I will always remember as a special relationship! And I hope with everything, that your in heaven, seeing grandma and grandpa,seeing wanetta again, and being with your big brothers , and selfishly,being there with my mom!I will always rember you aunt jessie!

    Ava Clayton
    April 19, 2024
  • Our deepest condolences to all the family. May God comfort and strengthen your hearts.
    “Absent from your he body and present with her Lord”
    Gary and Celeste

    Gary Mculley
    April 19, 2024
    Davenport WA
  • Aunt Jessie we will miss you, always a matriarch of the Willoughby family in my mind, striving to keep history and traditions alive. I will remember your bright smile, like my dads and the other Willoughby’s; a smile that lights up the eyes, I think you all had that smile and I will miss yours as I miss those who have gone before you! In our hearts forever 💕

    Lori and Greg Hayden
    April 18, 2024
    Hermiston Oregon
  • I remember Jessie at Westinghouse Hanford back in the 70s and 80s. I was a craftsman in the 300 area and she was a material cord. who’s job was to interface with us when we needed parts. She was so very helpful and would work with use to get what we needed to do our jobs. She was a joy to work with an the times we would just set and talk. Lost track of her in the 80’s May God Bless and be with you all.

    Mike Tesky

    Mike Tesky
    April 18, 2024
    Kennewick Wa.
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