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Mary Lynn Cagle Tuck

July 10, 1943 - February 8, 2019

Mary Lynn Cagle Tuck, an educator, musician and Renaissance woman, passed away in Lincoln on February 8, 2019, of brain cancer. She was 75. Mary Lynn was born July 10, 1943, in Idalou, Texas, the eldest child of Helen Juanita (Brinker) Cagle and Larence Lindall Cagle.

She loved music and research and was a voracious reader. She graduated magna cum laude in music education (vocal and instrumental) in 1965 from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and that summer married George Edward Tuck, her husband of 54 years.

In 1966, she received her Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from HSU. After teaching elementary and junior high music and language arts in Texas and Missouri, she and George settled in Lincoln in 1970.

Over the next 13 years Mary Lynn taught for the Lincoln Public Schools, earned a Master of Arts degree in German Linguistics from UNL, received a one-year Fulbright Scholarship to Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and earned her doctorate in German Linguistics.

Mary Lynn taught at the UNL Independent Study High School from 1983 until her retirement in 2002. She particularly loved meeting and helping people from different cultures, and traveled the world.

Mary Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Carrol Cagle. She is survived by her husband, George; brother Glen Cagle (Patricia); sister Karen Cagle McBeth (Steve); sister-in-law Melinda (wife of Carrol); and brother-in-law Henry Alfred (H.A.) Tuck, Jr.

Other survivors include nieces: Karen Michelle Lewis Pfab (Tim), and Kerry Lewis Dworak (Justin); nephew Terry Tuck (Linda); numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends locally and around the world.

A celebration of life reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve at 4400 S. 80th Street.

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