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Jessie Allen White, longtime Louisville Seminary volunteer and widow of Ernest Miller White, dies at 90

Apr 11, 2016

Jessie WhiteJessie Allen White, 90, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly Jessie Allen, died Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Jefferson Place nursing home. A native of Danville, Kentucky, and the youngest of five children, Jessie attended Centre College where her father taught history. She later graduated from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and had been a resident of Louisville since the mid-1940s. Jessie worked as a registered nurse at Kentucky Baptist Hospital following graduation, served as an elder at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, and performed extensive volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Miller White, librarian for more than 40 years at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the man for whom the seminary library is now named. An alcove at the library is dedicated to Jessie in recognition of her tireless support of seminary students and staff.

Jessie loved to entertain, hosting frequent dinners and events for members of her extended church and seminary families. She also had great compassion for animals and supported a number of animal charity organizations. She especially adored her own dogs, Bama and, later in life, her beloved Tucky.

Jessie is survived by her son, Peter Allen White, of Colorado, and by her sister, Nan Allen Summers, of Charleston, South Carolina.

A memorial service will be held in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, with a reception to follow from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Winn Center across the plaza from the chapel. Private burial will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville, KY 40207, marked for the Music Program, or to the Kentucky Humane Society, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B, Louisville KY 40222.
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