Jean Harker Tussing, 80, of Lincoln, NE passed away July 3, 2016. Jean was born December 20, 1935 in Denison, Iowa to George W. and Ella M. Harker. Jean graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in piano from the University of Iowa in 1958 and after raising her family, a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska in 1981. An accomplished concert pianist, a loving mother and grandmother, dedicated educator, avid gardener and lover and protector of all animals, she lived a meaningful, thoughtful and joyous life. Her greatest joy was sharing her love of literature and music with her granddaughter Ellen. Jean was happiest digging in her garden with her dog by her side, working one-on-one with her pupils, laughing/arguing with her three brothers and surrounding herself with her daughters, her granddaughter and her many, many loving friends. Although she lived in Lincoln, NE most of her adult life, Jean remained true and loyal to the Black and Gold of the University of Iowa.
Jean is survived by daughters Kerin L. Peterson, Leslie J. Tussing and partner Sharon Reuter, son Jay Tussing and granddaughter Ellen L. Peterson, all of Lincoln. Brothers, G. Wesley Harker and wife Bonnie of Santee, CA, John V. Harker of Lake Oswego, OR, Lee A. Harker and wife Jill of Omaha, NE and canine buddy Tonka.
Preceded in death by parents, sister-in-law Judy Harker, niece Nicole L. Weber and many beloved canine companions.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Chet Ager Nature Center.