Jean passed away on Sunday October 19 after a six year fight with ovarian cancer. She passed peacefully and in no pain with her husband and children by her side. She leaves behind with everyone she met a lasting impression of grace and humor. To her grandchildren she was a high kicking,head standing, hula hooping, storytelling, soccer playing Grandma!
She is survived by her husband Richard (Dick) Ebert, Sisters Marty Hutcherson Greer, husband Billy Greer, Susie Chambers,brother Jay Hutcherson and wife Barbara, her daughter, Louisa Rauschenberg and husband Joe, son Eric Rauschenberg and wife Amy, grandchildren Jack and Parker Rauschenberg, a niece Collin Chambers and nephew Britt Peace
Jeanie was born on July 19, 1943 to Lucille and J.E. Hutcherson. She grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1961 and Meredith College in 1965 with a degree in Fine Arts.
She developed a long connection with Old Salem with her first job at T. Bagge Merchant retail store in Old Salem. She met her First husband Brad Rauschenberg while he was working for MESDA in Old Salem. Focusing on her art background Jeanie developed into an outstanding and accomplished faux artist. She could make baseboards look exactly like the finest marble. One of her specialties was painted floorcloths, one of which appears in a gallery at MESDA in Old Salem.
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She was commissioned to paint in homes from Connecticut to Palm Beach. Her painting on floors and walls often incorporated a whimsical theme. In the past few years she had the opportunities to study with world class painters in London and in Venice. Even after her cancer was upon her she was able to spend a fun, happy and productive week painting for herself in the high desert landscape at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico, the home and painting inspiration of the great Georgia O’Keeffe.
During her cancer journey her endless positive attitude and youthful optimism connected her to a good friend, Charlotte Ruth (who died in 2012). Jean co-founded a not-for-profit charity “No to O” (No to ovarian cancer) with Charlotte. The mission of No to O is to raise money for ovarian cancer research and to promote awareness of this difficult to detect lethal disease. She adopted Teal (ovarian cancer color) flamingos as the symbol for this charity. Very successful fund raising efforts have been conducted for the past two years, flocking the yard at the Broyhill Center in Clemmons with these symbolic Teal Flamingos. This work will continue.
You may make donations to the charity by mailing checks to: NoTo O PO Box 25743 Winston-Salem, NC. 27114-5743 or online - notoo.org
A celebration of Jean will take place at a date yet to be announced.