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Memorial service set for Jean Tuggy

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller holds a photo of Jean Tuggy as Ferguson Township Police Chief Diane Conrad, right, looks on during a news conference Wednesday.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller holds a photo of Jean Tuggy as Ferguson Township Police Chief Diane Conrad, right, looks on during a news conference Wednesday. nmark@centredaily.com

A memorial service will be held Saturday in Florida for the woman who was killed last month in her Pine Grove Mills home.

Jeannie Lamb Tuggy, 60, will be surrounded by family and friends at her memorial service at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Tuggy’s brother, Andrew Lamb, will preside over her service.

Tuggy was found dead by two friends Jan. 21 in her home on Irion Street. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller this week announced a $1,000 reward for information that helps authorities find the killer.

Tuggy, a devout Christian, was a member of the State College Alliance Church for more than 10 years. The church’s pastor, Aaron Henning, spoke about Tuggy at a service Sunday.

He told church members about a dream Tuggy’s sister shared with him after her sister’s death.

“Here’s Jeannie, she’s dressed in a gown of white and it’s like the real her. It’s like the her without all of this other stuff. Jeannie began to sing. She spoke in song. I want to see Jesus, because he’s the one who died for us all. And she went in singing, free from the cares of this world.”

Henning told the CDT that he had known Tuggy for about 10 years.

“She was very involved in the church for a number of years. She served in many ways. She was our church librarian. She was always getting books and recommending books for people.”

When asked about Tuggy’s personality Henning said, “She was sort of a quiet individual and introspective. She was really sweet.”

Tuggy battled cancer in the final years of her life, but friends and neighbors say her faith remained unshakeable.

“She was already in a pretty hard place physically. It’s hard to imagine someone hurting someone in that type of place,” Henning said. “She endured a lot of hardships in life, she had some challenges and a number of personal things happen to her, but she always kept her faith. She was just a really loving person. It’s hard imagining anyone would want to hurt her.”

Henning said a church service for Tuggy may be held in the future, but the memorial service Saturday is intended mainly for her immediate family, including her parents, who both live in Florida.

As Tuggy’s family says goodbye, the quest for answers remains strong among those who knew her.

“This is an injustice, there is still someone out there who did something wrong to her and justice needs to be served,” Henning said. “It’s strange, because of the not knowing. We deal a lot with death, with people passing on, but in this context it’s strange because there’s not a sense of closure, we aren’t at rest, we aren’t at peace about it.”

Tuggy’s neighbor echoed Henning’s sense of loss.

“The other day, when I took my trash can in, I looked over at her house to see if hers needed taken out,” Todd Wheeler said. “It’s very sad — we all just want answers.”

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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