of Little Rock, AR
September 19, 1949 - April 12, 2020
Jean Ann "Jeanie" Brasher of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at her home in Little Rock due to complications from her long struggle with interstitial lung disease. She was surrounded by her loving family.Jeanie was born September 19, 1949 to Herman and Rosemary Sick in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended Holy Souls and Mount St. Mary's Schools where part of her joy was personified as a Catholic High Varsity Cheerleader. She went on to attend UALR (LRU) where she was voted Sweetheart of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and then received her Bachelor's degree in Special Education from UCA in Conway. She then attended graduate classes at Florida State University, receiving her Master's degree in Orientation and Mobility from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jeanie was a teacher for 45 years, teaching at the Arkansas School for the Blind and later, the Kentucky School for the Blind. She won awards for excellence in teaching from professional organizations at both schools, including the Joyce Ogburn award in Arkansas, and the Touching Lives award in Kentucky. In spite of all her accomplishments in education, according to her, the greatest reward was simply the joy and excitement a child expressed after learning something new.Jeanie is survived by her husband of 49 years; Bob Brasher, her children; Jeremy (Sonia) and Justin (Crissy) Brasher, grandchildren; Oliver Pilcher and Brooks Brasher, and her siblings; Jim (Barb) Sick, Kay (Mike) Corso, and Roberta Sick. She also leaves many more friends and family members in Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, and Jerseyville, Illinois. A memorial mass will be scheduled and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to: Arkansas Hospice (arkansashospice.org/foundation/donate/) or any organization serving the blind and visually impaired.
I worked with Jeannie at KSB and she was truly the best. I met with her and a KSB group for dinner before she moved and she was very positive and looked great. She will be missed.
Bob, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. Jeannie was a wonderful person.
Bob and family,So sorry for the loss of Jeanie. She was loved by all who knew her. It is seems so hard to believe, , I will miss her friendship and joyful spirit.Love, patty
We are so sorry for your loss. She was truly a sweet and wonderful lady. Our prayers go with you and your family.
We are so sorry to hear of Jeanie’s passing. She was lovely person with such a beautiful smile. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I was so sadden to hear your loss. It seems that beautiful light Jeanne always shined in college just grew and grew throughout her life. I’ve been where you are and can tell you that all will get better with each passing day. Love and prayers for you, the boys, the grandchildren, and all those who miss her so much.
Bobby-I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Jeanie when she brought her students to our “Pumpkin Patch”...she was so personable and always had a beautiful smile. I always enjoyed seeing her. God Bless you.🙏
Ms. Brasher you were the love of my heart at ASB. You were one of the best teachers of all time. I will certainly miss you. Looking forward seeing you in Hevin. Oh an thank you for travel on getting to an from the A.S.B Alumni convention without you I would have been. I love you and Mr. Brasher.Mrs. Brasher rest in piece my friend.
Such a beautiful beautiful lady! If I ever needed anything for a lesson she ALWAYS had it and she knew where to find it. She touch me so much about how to love children no mater what! Prayers for you and your family. 🤟
Pat & I are extremely sorrowful to learn of Jeannie’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy. May God’s blessings sustain you all in your grief.
it is unusual when you think back on your memories of someone that there are no negative ones. To remember someone as always a gifted teacher and a positive and caring person is rare, but that is how I remember Jeanne. Where did all that almost psychic ability to know the right thing to say and do come from?It is hard to fathom I can only assume it came from a depth of faith and sense of purpose that made her what Pope Francis called an “everyday saint”
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Brasher was such an amazing teacher and touched countless lives. She is living on through her students.
Whenever I think of Jeanie, I remember her just like this beautiful photo; she was always smiling. She was such a lovely lady, inside and out; it always made me feel good to be with her. My heart aches for Bob and her sons, but I can't think of a better day to go to the Lord than Resurrection Sunday. He conquered death and the grave when He arose and we have the same promise. She will be missed greatly, but she impacted so many lives that her legacy of working with children and enhancing the lives of so many of her colleagues, friends, and family will live on as long as we share our sweet memories of her.
Dear Bob and Family,My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her but I can see how special, loving, and patient she was to teach and care for those whose learning requires different methods. She touched and enriched many lives and made the world a better place for having done so.Loving prayers for your peace and comfort.Pam Luther (LRCHS ’65)
Dear Mr.Brasher, I did not have the pleasure of knowing Jeannie, but have heard only the very nicest things about her from David and Dawn. Henry and I also remember so many kindnesses on your part to our son at ASB. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very moment as this is written.
Mr. Brasher, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Brasher was such a sweet lady. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.
Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how any time you talked about Jeannie your eyes just lit up with love. My condolences to you and your family.
Bob, with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart for the chance of knowing Jeannie I want to express my deepest most heartfelt condolences to you and all of your family. Your loss is a game in heaven… Do you see her glorious face in heaven… All of our love from Tim and Sandy
Jeremy, hugs and love for you and your family.
Bob and family: I am so sorry to hear of Jeanie's death. I recall the very first time I saw her at Kentucky School for the Blind. I had been assigned to observe classes there. Jeanie had a small class of two very different students who were learning at very different speeds and capacities, and they were working on two completely different projects. She expertly and compassionately moved from one student to the other as she taught, affirmed, and challenged them. Her teaching skills and caring attitude were amazing. I didn't know her well, but I am so glad I met her. Sending wishes for peace and healing.
I didn't know her well. From what I have heard she cared about the students at the Kentucky School for the Blind. I work at the industries for the blind that is behind the school. A couple of times on my way to work she would see me and give me a ride to work. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. Debbie Deatherage
My heart is aching. Jeanie was one of my friends who helped me find out who I am. She was good through and through and always set good examples for me and others. I am eternally grateful for our time together as CHS cheerleaders and roommates at UCA. My condolences to all of you. I know she will be missed.
So heart broken for your loss. Love and Prayers to your family. She will be missed, and Heaven will be richer by another Angel.
I knew Jeannie as a little girl through the friendship of my parents, John & Virginia Reeves, with Herman and Rosemary. From reading the above tributes, it seems that I missed the very best part of Jeannie’s life. She was a wonderful and caring ‘grow-up’, as well as a fun friend back then. The Sicks’ have always been special to me, and so I pray for each of you and send my heartfelt condolences.
Dear Bobby and family We were so very sorry to learn of Jeanie’s death.It must be all the more difficult during this awful time.With our deepest sympathy,Ruthie & Alan Holland
Bob and Family, I was saddened to learn of Jeanie's passing. I didn't know that she had been ill. She was such a vibrant, outgoing, and wonderful person. I know a little of what you are going through. My Judy passed away 5 years ago at the age of 70. My condolences to you and your family, as well as to her siblings, Mary Kay, Jim, and Bertie! I will be sending a memorial to her Hospice. Regards, Frank
So sorry for y'alls loss. God be with you and Prayers for all
Heaven became a little brighter with the light she emitted just from her smile and shining eyes. As a classmate at Mt St Mary Academy she was a joy to be with. I can’t imagine how you must feel. I pray for all of her family and those who knew her for it is a loss that came too soon. It saddens me that social distancing prevents the gathering of her loved ones. Benita
Bob and family,My heart breaks in your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers during this time. I pray for peace in your heart and the love of family to comfort you.Love, Laura
Jeanie was part of many families but the Kentucky School for the Blind family was absolutely blessed to have her in ours. She was always under control and adapting every situation for her students. Most of our group is now retired but our memories will continue to give us pleasure knowing we guided many lives while they enriched ours. God bless all the family and may they know that in Christ even when it is not easy to go on he will guide us.Marty Mills
Bob and family, What a great loss for all of you. I enjoyed knowing Jeanie a little during my visits to APH, and I especially looked forward to evenings when she would join a group of us for dinner after a day’s work. Her warmth was always appreciated, and her wisdom about our shared profession was evident. The two of you were seemed so well matched, which must have taken many years of practice! Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.Jane Erin/Ken Kalina
BobSo sorry to hear of your loss. This is such a difficult time. Sending prayers for peace and comfort
Bob, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family.
I d some very good memories with Jeanie at Mount St. Mary. Lots of laughs and fun. All my condolences to Bob and her kids & the rest her family and friends. I will keep Jeanie and her family in my prayers.
So sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of Jeanie from the neighborhood, Holy Souls, St. Mary and driving back and forth to UCA..
I am so sorry for your loss. Jeanie was special to me as my daughters (Dawn Smith) mobility teacher at ASB. She was a very special person
Bob, I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Jeannie but want to express my sorrow in learning of her passing. Vince
I am so sorry. Jeanie was a wonderful person.
To all the family, we so very sorry fo the loss of Jeanie. We can only imagine the sadness you feel at this time, as our hearts are broken too. Please know we are thinking of you all, holding you close. It was a true pleasure to have known and worked with her at the KY School f/t Blind. She enriched the lives of so many children as well as the other professionals in our field. May you be surrounded by Grace and Peace. Much love, Cathy and Mike
Praying for you and your family, Bob. Jeannie is a beautiful gal; inside and out! So very very sorry. God has a beautiful angel with him. Lisa Mac.
When I first came to KSB, 2001, my office was across the hall from Jeanie classroom. It was such a just to watch and hear her work with the children. I was blessed by her friendship as well. I am so very sorry for you loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lots of prayers being lifted for Bob and family. Jeanie was such a blessing to children and to the field of blindness.
Jeannie was one of the sweetest persons I know. When I started working at KSB she made me feel so welcomed. I'll never forget her. She gave me so much support when my father was ill, always asking about him and praying for him. God has call one of his angels home. I'll be keeping her family in my prayers.
To all,Perhaps what I remember most of Jeanie was her smile and laugh. She was always fun to be around. I believe it was at Gary Kuhle's funeral where I recall her holding everyone's attention at the banquet table with stories.She will be missed, but always loved.Steve Fulkerson (2nd child of Frank and Judy Fulkerson)
Beautiful always and known and respected throughout the field of blindness all over the world. Gracious, knowledgeable and recognized for her brilliant and effective teaching. She made so many incredible contributions to the development of hundreds of blind students. She always spoke with kindness and love and was lots of fun she got to spend her life with her soulmate Bob. They were a htrue couple. She will be greatly missed
Jeannie was always so positive, and such a bright spot in every day. My heart grieves for Bob and the family. I know she will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences and prayers for peace and comfort.
I’m so extremely sorry for your loss! Jeanie was such a kind and caring person and will be dearly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with the family
I was fortunate to teach with Jeanie at KSB. Her caring and compassion for her students was evident every day. She was often the first teacher the youngest students met,may who came from out of town! She was so nurturing to her students.Jeanie impacted the lives of many KSB students and teachers. Prayers for her family at this time of loss.
to a great sis-n-law , we love and will miss you greatly . Thanks for the great memories and love you shared with all those who had the honor of knowing you.
So sorry to hear this news. Truly sorry for your families loss. I remember how supportive Jeanie was when I worked at the Arkansas School for the Blind in the mid nineties. It was my first two years teaching and she was so helpful, supportive, and encouraging. A real role model to me. Bob, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry Bob! My heart hurts for you. Much love and peace sent. Hoping these words help as they did for me at such a time . . .Yesterday's Influence, Today's Memories, Tomorrow's ReunionOne day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time . . . remembering the good memories help and speaking of her often!
My deepest sympathy and love to Bob and the boys and all the family. Jeanie is gone too soon. ❤️
Bob and family,Please accept our condolences on the passing of your wife.May you and your family walk in peace.
Bob I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, she was a great woman and such a great model for all her students..
Always quick with a smile Jeannie was a joy to know. Praying the sweet peace of God will rest on those who loved her and will miss her. Jeannie left a tremendous legacy of hope to many blind children and their families. We will never know the depth of the impact she made as her work had ripples beyond the lives she touched directly. Thank you Lord for bringing her into our lives.
We are friends of Barb & Jim Sick, and we extend our deepest condolences to all of you. We are very sorry for your loss.In sympathy,Kari Lynn & Todd Auld and girls
A sweeter, more sincere person you will never find than Jeanie. All the Christmas dinners and Derby parties we shared, will never be forgotten. You are God's special angel now. Our hearts are aching, but you are dancing on the clouds of heaven! Love to Bob and all the family! Pat and Jerry
What a lovely, strong, down-to-earth, dear friend. Jeanie will be greatly missed. Love to Bob and the family.
You will be truly missed by me and definitely Cory I’m so glad you were able to be apart of Corys life as his teacher rip sweetie
My deepest sympathy to my dear friend Bob and all the family. God bless you and give you peace.😢
Bob, Jeanie was a true treasure. I’m so grateful to have been friends with y’all during our special college years. Jeanie’s beautiful smile and warm and sincere personality meant the world to so many.Prayers for you and your family. May God’s grace bless you and give you strength.
I loved her so much and will miss her terribly.
Prayers and love for all.
Bobby, have not heard from you in a long time but saw this because of mutual friends and just wanted you to know I was praying for you. I am senior pastor of Central Baptist in Conway. Take care!
Bob, so very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
She will be missed by so many, I will always remember her beautiful smile and spirit.
Thinking of you all during this time. Many thoughts and prayers to Bob - Justin and Jeremy. I have such fond memories growing up as a child and playing in her yard.