Jessie was a twin, born in Canada. She grew up in the Forest Ontario area. When she was 17 she became an expectant mother from a piano player named Fred who was touring from New York. In the honorable way, Fred asked to marry her, but she declined. Her only child, Icie was born. Jessie moved to Michigan and found work as a cook in a lumber camp. She was known for her delicious doughnuts. Eventually she moved to Grand Rapids and met John Clark. John and She married and were together to the end.