Faye Jean Seyfer Bouse Gee, age 92, was called home on April 12, at Bethany
Lutheran Home, Council Bluffs.
Jean was born on 15 Jan. 1925, to the late J. William (Bill) & Alice
Seyfer of Otoe Co. She attended one-room school District 81, Dunbar High, then
nurses’ training at Hand Hospital, Shenandoah, IA, 1942-44. Married high-school
sweetheart, then B-29 bomber pilot, Charlie Bouse, in Amarillo, TX, 10 Feb.
Jean worked at Las Companas Hospital, Los Angeles, and later Brown’s Hospital,
Neb. City before birth of children: David, Tom & Jane: 1946-50.
Member of Presbyterian Church, Dunbar, 1946-1955, before joining Bennet
Community Church near Lincoln, 1955-2017; current pastor the Rev. Darin Corder,
who most recently saw Jean and some of her family two weeks ago.
In addition to her parents and all others from her generation, she is preceded
in passing by her first grandson, Janis Bouse, and her dear daughter-in-law Jo
Jean is survived by sons, David (w/Rota), Tom (without Jo), daughter Jane
(w/Peter Smith), and almost-her-kid Bill (w/Cathy) Sackley. Jean’s surviving
grandchildren, Karlis (w/Giselle Inze), Mara (w/Christopher Milne), and Biff
Great-grandchildren are: Jakob & Callia Bouse, and Jamie & Erik Milne, of
Ottawa, ON, and Atticus Bouse, of Pleasant Hill, CA. A gaggle of nieces &
nephews span the United States, who call Jean their “favourite aunt.”
She is also “survived” by the several hundred “children” she lovingly sewed
(1977-2007) of Raggedy Anns & Andys from the McCall’s patterns. One of her
“children” given personally to the first child of Steve Balmer (Microsoft);
another acquired by Margaret Trudeau (then wife of Canada’s Prime Minister, now
mother of the Prime Minister) to be given as a personal gift to visiting King
Hussain of Jordon’s young child.
Resident of Lincoln, 1970-2013. Jean married Franklin E. Gee of Palmyra,
following the death of Charlie.
Moved to Bethany Lutheran Home, Council Bluffs, 2013, to be closer to daughter &
son-in-law. Jean has been the happiest and most loved resident in that facility,
named resident of the month, June, 2016.
Funeral services planned for Thursday, April 20 at 11:00 in Lincoln, Butherus,
Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street. Memorials in lieu of flowers can
be sent to the Bennet Community Church. Some of us are sad that the material
Jean (alias “grannie”) has left us. But others of us are happy that her
essential spirit never will.