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Josie Breeden

Josie Breeden Josie Breeden

Josie Chao-Chih Pian Breeden, 69, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Charles H.C. Pian and Juliette Fan Pian.

Born in the Chinese “Year of the Tiger,” Ms. Breeden was fiercely loyal, protective and hard-working. She was an accomplished classical pianist and was trained in classical dance while growing up in Boston. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she met her husband of 47 years, Dr. Douglas Tower Breeden. She received a master’s degree with distinction in fine arts from San Jose State University. Ms. Breeden devoted her life to her family, and her artistic talents and warmth have been passed to her four children and eight grandchildren. Professionally, she was on the board of directors of Square One Bank and the local Habitat for Humanity and was the owner/manager of Provisions Gift Shop. She was a co-founder of the Breeden Memorial Library in Leavenworth. The Breedens traveled the world in service to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and Breeden Hall is named in their honor. She was an avid Duke basketball fan.

Ms. Breeden is survived by her husband; a brother, Dr. Carlson Pian; a sister, Dr. May Pian-Smith; two daughters, Jennifer Okun (Joedan) and Laurel Rowland (Kurt); two sons, Mark Breeden (Margaret) and David Breeden (Michelle); and eight grandchildren, Miles and Griffin Okun, Jack, James and Charles Rowland, Sydney and Bradford Breeden and Santiago Breeden.

Visitation: Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.

Funeral: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church in Leavenworth with interment in the Leavenworth Memorial Gardens.

Private memorial service: At a later date in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Community Foundation of Crawford County for benefit of the Josie Breeden Children’s Learning Center at the Breeden Memorial Library in Leavenworth or the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Ms. Breeden asked that flowers be directed to Duke Homecare and Hospice or to the Duke Cancer Center.

The family is being assisted in North Carolina by Clements Funeral Service in Durham.

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