Tina Marie Jernigan

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Tina Marie Jernigan passed away on March 19, 2024, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born August 2, 1951, in Linton, to parents Anton Slapar Jr. and Josephine Tomazic Slapar. She graduated from Linton-Stockton High School in 1969, received an AS degree from Vincennes University and BA degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, along with completing some graduate work in art education from Indiana University. She married James L. Jernigan on March 3, 1973. He preceded her in death in 1987. While in Vincennes, Tina worked as the assistant to the manager for the Prudential Insurance Co. and afterward, was employed by Vincennes University in their GED/Adult Basic Education program. She also co-founded a literacy coalition. Tina moved to Bloomington in 1991, where she was a sales associate at The Gallery, a volunteer coordinator at Waldron Arts Center and office manager at First Christian Church. In addition, Tina worked as a hostess at the University Club, a ticket-taker at the IU Auditorium, curator at Beck Chapel, taught art appreciation classes at Oakland City College in Bedford and served as membership coordinator for the Friends of T.C. Steele. Tina enjoyed volunteering. She was a docent at the Ezkenazi Museum of Art at IU since 1991. A long-time member of the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, she served many years as treasurer and membership coordinator. For 15 years, she volunteered for the Lotus World Music Festival. An avid traveler, Tina visited 31 foreign countries and 41 U.S. states. She skydived in Arizona, white-water rafted in Alaska, ballooned over Turkey, walked the Great Wall of China, cruised the Nile, held a baby kangaroo in Australia, rode a camel and camped in the Sahara Desert and explored Machu Picchu. Survivors include a sister, Trudie Jo (Jim) Yates of Lewis; an aunt, Beverly Reeder of Texas; three cousins; a sister-in-law, Joyce (Bill) Blosser of Bluffton, SC; three nieces, two great-nieces, and two great-nephews. There will be no visitation or funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory at 4155 South Old State Road 37 is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com.