September 18, 1926 - January 30, 2019
Jean Francis (Pierson) Harris, 92, passed peacefully into heaven on January 30, 2019. She was born September 18, 1926, in Lincoln, to Arthur and Jessie (Hendricks) Pierson. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944 and received her bachelor's degree in music and education in 1948 from the University of Nebraska School of Music. Jean taught vocal music in Sidney and moved to Gering in 1951 to continue teaching.
Jean met her future husband, Robert, at a church pie social and the rest is history. They married in 1954 at East Lincoln Christian Church. They raised two children. Jean was a volunteer in many community activities including Regional West Nebraska Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, she served 24 years on the Gering Parks, Cemetery and Tree Board. Jean was involved in Community Concerts on their board and as president and helped with the American Cancer Society annual crusades as she was a survivor of breast cancer herself.
Jean's life was dedicated to classical and sacred music. She directed the United Methodist Choir in Gering for 24 years. She was also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority. She sang in Valley Voices for over 50 years. The choral group went to New York and performed at Carnegie Hall in 1990.
Jean will be fondly remembered for her passion of Cornhusker football; even attending the Rose Bowl game in 1940. She saw the Sower sculpture being brought into town to be placed on top of the state capital. She always loved Lincoln, and jokingly called it the “Holy City”. Sixty-one years in Gering made this their home. She and her husband, Robert, made many happy memories there. In 2012, Jean moved back to Lincoln to be near her family until her death.
Survived by children, Karl and Judy (Jim Bouc), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and niece and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date of Saturday, April 6, in Gering. Memorials may be given in honor of Jean to Horison Hospice in Lincoln and The Nebraska Children's Home in Omaha. Condolences may be sent to the family of Jean Harris, 6100 Southdale Rd., Lincoln, NE 68516.