Julie Ann Tucker, of Staplehurst, was born on December 3, 1946 to Laurence and Leona (Ringler) McGowen in Lincoln, Nebraska. Julie grew up on a farm near Ulysses where she attended Country School District #16. Her family then moved to a farm, near Staplehurst, where she attended grade school and later attended Seward High School, graduating in 1965. After high school Julie moved to Lincoln, met and married William R. Bauer and from that union two children were born, Lori and Kari. She worked at Weber Bulletin Service and Midwest Life until moving to Seward. Julie was united in marriage to Clay Tucker on April 15th, 1989 and gained three step children Zack, Jake and Alyssa. She worked for the Seward County District Court for 30 years. Julie was a loud and fervent supporter of her kid’s and grandchildren’s various activities, loved traveling with friends, and always arrived at social gatherings with a picnic basket in hand. After retirement Julie enjoyed gardening, Monday nights in Garrison and Garland and traveling to South Padre, Texas for two months every winter. Julie passed away peacefully on May 26, 2021, at her home in Staplehurst, Nebraska, at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 23 days. She is survived by her daughters, Lori Henk, Corpus Christi, Texas, Kari (Scott) Hofpar, Staplehurst, Nebraska, Alyssa (Mike) Martin, Lincoln, Nebraska; sons, Zack (Sarah) Tucker, Omaha, Nebraska, Jake (Rachell) Tucker, San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Judy (Mark) Haley, Lincoln, Nebraska, Jeanne (Butch) Hain, David City, Nebraska; brothers, Jim (Sue) McGowen, Schuyler, Nebraska, Jon (Barbara) McGowen, Holdrege, Nebraska; companion, Gary Navrkal, Bellwood, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Julie was preceded in death by her parents, Laurence and Leona McGowen; husband, Clay Tucker; nephew, Jeff Hain.
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