Jean Priscilla Leeburg, 90, passed away September 27, 2013 at Providence Hospital Alaska. A private service will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be spread at Montana Creek and join her husband, Don's, spread in the same location five years ago.
Jean was born August 10, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN, the second oldest in a family of four girls to Clifford and Alvine Schultz. All four girls were born in under 4 1/2 years. They were a close family, growing up in the country, working hard and playing hard.
Jean graduated in 1946 from the University of Minnesota
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Nursing. There she met her friend Peggy Hicklin. Peggy and Jean drove to Alaska in the summer of 1954 with the intention of staying for one year. Both stayed over 50 years. They worked as public health nurses for the Territory of Alaska and made many wonderful friends that lasted a lifetime. After providing health care throughout the state, and working many years as a school nurse, Jean retired in 1984.
Jean met her husband, Don, in 1955 while playing in a bowling league in Government Hill. They married in Robbinsdale, MN July 26,1958 and returned to Alaska shortly thereafter. Their favorite fishing hole was on Montana Creek where they would ride the train and get dropped off on the tracks for a day of fishing. On their first trip there, Jean landed five king salmon, the smallest one 35 inches. Don didn't catch any fish. He spent the day cleaning fish while Jean reeled them in.
Jean was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her daughter, Amy, took ballet lessons. While Amy took classes, rehearsed and performed (the fun stuff), Jean made many, many costumes from a mouse costume to toy soldier uniforms and angel wings. She would stay up until early morning sewing, ironing and making sure each costume was perfect. Thanksgiving weekends were always spent focused on the Nutcracker ballet. First watching Amy perform and later taking the grandchildren to the ballet each year.
Jean and Don joined the Pioneers of Alaska in 1978. They were both very active in POA and selected as King and Queen Regents in 1987. They had a great year representing the Pioneers at Fur Rondezvous. They both enjoyed the experience immensely. Jean was president of Auxiliary #4 in 1989. She treated her daughter and friends to the Pioneers' Spring Luncheon every year.
Jean spent her final year of life at Horizon House, an assisted living facility. She exercised, played bingo and enjoyed the company of new friends. She continued to get her hair done on Fridays, wear jewelry and make-up, and remained active and lucid throughout her final days.
Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Clay Prosise; grandchildren, Zack and Malary Prosise; sister, Virginia Duepner; brother-in-law, Paul Pinkert, and numerous nieces and nephews, including her niece, Peggy Devaney, with whom she had a close relationship. She is predeceased by her husband of 49 1/2 years Donald Leeburg; parents, Clifford and Alvine Schultz; sisters, Margery Devaney and Elinor Pinkert.
Jean donated to many charities. Donations in her memory may be made to the
, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandrea, VA 22311 or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 1020 19th St., NW, Suite 475, Washington, DC 20036.
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