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Josette Kearns

Josette Marie Bouchet Kearns

Tuesday, September 7th, 1926 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Obituary

Josette Marie Bouchet Kearns, 93, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020.

She was born September 7, 1926 in Les Avenieres, France. While working as an interpreter at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Lyon, France she met and married an American G.I., William Kearns in 1945. After arriving in Louisville in 1946 she began her teaching career that included the Old Ballard School, Louisville Collegiate Girls School and Kentucky Country Day School. Upon retirement she continued to teach as an instructor in the UofL Foreign Language Department.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spalding University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville. Past affiliations include The Alliance Francaise, Louisville Women’s Club, the University of Louisville Alumni Club and she was most proud to be a Docent Emeritus at The Speed Art Museum.
Besides her husband she is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Maria Bouchet and her son-in –law, James Whaley.

She is survived by her children, Marc Kearns (Joann), Bruce Kearns (Laura) and Natalie Kearns-Whaley; grandchildren, Jon Hixson, Chloe Hixson and Annick Williamson (Conner).

In lieu of flowers donations to the Speed Art Museum in her name would be greatly appreciated.
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Debra Harlan

Posted at 07:35am
Strong women made strong women. You were indeed lucky if you were asked to sit at the table with them. I was occasionally lucky.....1970. She always held court like the queen she was. Yeah I had a huge crush....... she was my non-mom school mom and favorite teacher ever. I’m so sorry she’s gone. I know she wouldn’t remember me but she’s stayed with me my entire life. My parents sent me to France between high school and college and Josette spent way too many hours coaching me - I was one of few who could manage away from home in a foreign country where I could actually speak the language. Pretty impressive teaching.
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