We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Haskell Funeral Home
Jeannie Marie Musick completed her earthly journey on September 6th, 2022, in Billings Montana at the age of 69, from complications following surgery.
She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada at Nellis AFB on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1952, to Jack Frank and Ethel Minerva (Zion) Musick. Her mother assumed her stomach pains were a bit of Thanksgiving dinner indigestion but instead, she gave birth to Jeannie and people have been giving thanks for her ever since.
Jeannie was a daughter, sister, friend, educator, and dreamer extraordinaire. She saw the beauty in everything around her and the goodness in everyone she met. She was non-judgmental and accepting of others and was a master of forgiveness and turning the other cheek.
She was passionate about education and loved all knowledge, but what she loved most was sharing knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. She was a brilliant teacher who could successfully teach any subject and make it seem fascinating. She embraced her students with her whole being and reveled in each of their accomplishments.
Jeannie was selfless in her genuine happiness for other people's successes. Though she never married or had children of her own, she viewed everyone she met as family and embraced all.
Jeannie held a Bachelor of Arts in drama from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in Directing from San Diego State University and an ABD Doctorate of Philosophy in Theatrical Directing from Louisiana State University. In addition, she was a talented author, playwright, and director with the ability to weave detailed and engaging stories that drew the reader or viewer in.
Jeannie loved the written word. She was an author of imaginative stories and was working towards publication through the end of her life, despite the challenges posed by her health issues.
In addition to her writing Jeannie, with her sister Shelley, gifted her adopted hometown of Cowley, Wyoming with what will be known as the Jeannie Marie Musick and Donald Leroy McCracken, Jr. Memorial Library so that her friends and neighbors will have a refuge with stories and knowledge for them to enjoy. Jeannie especially loved the Children Reading Hour she did on Fridays. She would dress in costume and read stories with the children, and she developed a great love for all of them, and they loved her.
She served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975, serving at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas, and RAF Chicksands in Bedford, England.
Despite making rank very quickly in what was a promising career, she left the service to move back to the states to help care for her dying father and lend moral support to her mother and younger sister.
She was devoted to her mother and spent years living with her and helping her. Following her mother's death Jeannie choose to move to Lovell, Wyoming and was a constant companion, friend, and source of strength for her sister Shelley McCracken following the death of her husband Don in 2015.
Jeannie 's greatest accomplishment in this life was her love of the Savior and love of service to anyone who needed it. She served in the Billings Montana temple for 6 years and it was one of her greatest loves. Everyone in the temple loved her and the spirituality that she brought to her service.
She had a childlike zeal for everything she saw and did and loved to travel and have adventures. She had many adventures with her sisters as they visited Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; Kolkatta, India; and London, England.
She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ in the Rome Italy mission and stayed fluent in Italian the rest of her life.
Jeannie is survived by her brother, Richard Lee Musick and his wife Judi (Cross) of Depoe Bay, Oregon, and her sisters Shelley Ann (Musick) McCracken of Cowley and Leni Sue (Musick) Hester and her husband Derek Edward Hester of Gaborone, Botswana, Africa, and nephews Kenneth and Gwen (Cook-Jaussaud) Musick, Chad and Kisstopher (Stewart) Musick, Joseph Musick, James Musick, Josh and Sadie (Clarine) McCracken, Chi Hester, and Colt and Michelle ( Filkins) Hester, and nieces Robyn Musick, Donna (McCracken) and LeRoy Chavez , Linda McCracken, Lori McCracken, and Samantha (Hester) and Mark Kneiser who all loved her. She is also survived by numerous great nephews and numerous great nieces and 2 special students whom she loved as if they were her own children, Christina Martinez and Dan Jones.
She was preceded in death by her father Jack Frank Musick, her mother Ethel (Zion) Musick, her sister-in -law Lisa (Bunt) Musick, brother-in-law Donald LeRoy McCracken, Jr., her grandparents Arthur and Pearl (Chadwick) Musick and Peter and Sophronia (Wilkinson) Zion and numerous Aunts and Uncles and Cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at the Cowley LDS Chapel on 17 September 2022 at 10:00 AM. There will be no viewing before the services. Graveside services will be at the Cowley Cemetery.