Jessie began working as a roulette dealer at Harolds Club in the late 1930s, married Fred Beck, who operated keno at Harolds, and in 1971, she purchased the Riverside Hotel and Casino which she owned until 1978. She was a huge supporter of the Navy, sending care packages to “her boys” (i.e. pallet full care packages). Due to her caring nature, Jessie would spend thousands of hours and dollars doing favors for servicemen in Vietnam and all over the world. In 2019, PBS Sacramento produced a documentary called “Lady Jessie, A Vietnam Story.” Host Neal Cobb and Jessie's grandson, CJ Risley, will introduce the documentary.