Jeanine "Jeanie" Morse, age 63, died Monday, June 4, 2018 at home in Carlock IL., daughter of Thomas (Tim) and Barb Tracy of Eureka. Jeanie graduated from Eureka High School and was one of the first females to join the Future Farmers of America. She also was musically talented, playing flute & piccolo, and had the distinction of being the Eureka High Marching Band majorette. After high school, Jeanie graduated from Illinois State with a double major in geology and biology. During her time at ISU, she met and later married Walter "Wally" Morse, also a geologist.
In her career as a geologist, Jeanie held positions with Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois EPA and as an independent consultant. Later, she owned the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Normal. Upon her retirement from the the retail store, Jeanie became active with the Living Faith Fellowship Church and was an integral part of the building fund team and spent many hours planting & caring for trees on the property of their future church. Jeanie was an accomplished artist, an avid gardener, could sight and identify all the birds who came to feed outside her window. She and her husband Wally, being members of the Mackinaw Canoe Club, canoed many rivers together, including the Rio Grande.
Left behind to honor Jeanie's life in Carlock are her husband Wally Morse and daughter Lori Morse, grandson Chris Morse of Rantoul, great-grandson Austin Morse, of Benson. Also left to honor Jeanie are her mother Barb Tracy of Eureka, brother Mike (Becky) Tracy of Greenville, sisters, Laurel Kutash of Normal, Barbie (Lyndall) Leatherman of Kansas City, MO, Jeanie's twin sister Jan Dixon of Eureka, and Mary (Steve) Chew of Seymour, MO. Preceding her in death are her father, Tim Tracy, sister Sue Ellen Tracy and brother-in-law, Brian Kutash. In-laws living locally are Marilyn and Joe Butcher, and Gladys Williamson. There is a multitude of nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Jeanie who let them play in the attic, have water slides in the front yard, sleep in tents, float in rivers, eat with their fingers and just be kids.
A memorial will be held from 12:30-3:30p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Nazarene Church 1601 South Main Street Eureka, Illinois. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is handling arrangements for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parklands Foundation, 202 W. College Ave., Normal, IL 61761.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.argoruestmanharris.com.
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