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In Memory of

Daisy Mae Jacobs

December 14, 1928 - August 6, 2017

Obituary


Daisy Mae Jacobs, 88, died on August 6, 2017, in Austin, TX. She started life December 14, 1928, in Bethlehem, PA, the daughter of Pennsylvania Dutch parents, Bertha and Harry Yocum. It was before Al Capp's famous comic strip Li'l Abner was written. During WWII soldiers wrote to Daisy Mae Yocum because of this name, and signed their letters from "Li'l Abner", as she had the same name as the well-known character in his comic strip which ran from 1934-1977. The local paper had featured their own Daisy Mae on her 18th birthday. When Dee...

Daisy Mae Jacobs, 88, died on August 6, 2017, in Austin, TX. She started life December 14, 1928, in Bethlehem, PA, the daughter of Pennsylvania Dutch parents, Bertha and Harry Yocum. It was before Al Capp's famous comic strip Li'l Abner was written. During WWII soldiers wrote to Daisy Mae Yocum because of this name, and signed their letters from "Li'l Abner", as she had the same name as the well-known character in his comic strip which ran from 1934-1977. The local paper had featured their own Daisy Mae on her 18th birthday. When Dee was getting married, Al Capp heard about her, and sent a letter saying she was "forbidden to get married under the code of the hills."

Dee grew up with a sister and two brothers, one whom went on to found the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Proud to be born the same year as Mickey Mouse, Dee was a real tom-boy, playing football and basketball, as well as securing the position of catcher on the city baseball team. Off the ball-field she taught swimming and crafts at a Girl Scout Camp. In 1950, Dee married the great love of her life, Charles "Jake" Jacobs. They cherished and loved each other for 58 years and travelled the globe together for his job with Exxon, hopping from Indonesia, England, Thailand, Singapore, and Colombia, to Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado, before retiring in Tucson, Arizona, where they enjoyed a rich life together. Dee was an eclectic, creative individual who made outrageous costumes, designed her own Christmas cards, and always had the best theme parties. She stayed involved in community theater, was a Masters bridge player; proud to have once played with Charles Goren. She was an avid tennis player and mahjong with her ladies was always a hoot. In Indonesia she worked with local doctors in the leper colony and always donated craft projects to charities. Her heart was always bigger than her tiny frame.

Proceeded in Death by her beloved husband, Jake; sister, Eloise; brother, Harrison, Daisy is survived by her brother, Norman "Fuzzy"; daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Mayo of Austin, TX; daughter, Nancy (Charles) Tennant, of Houston, TX; and beloved granddaughters, Colleen Patricia Mayo (Anthony Lucio) and Sidney Katherine Tennant.

The family would like to thank the loving caregivers and staff at Brookdale Westlake who helped make their mother's last years more comfortable. Dee was a colorful, one of a kind, loving and patriotic American who will be remembered with many great stories, and for always speaking her mind and loving her family. She will be laid to rest with her husband in Tucson, AZ, at East Lawn Palms.

"Sway with the Bamboo"