June 4, 2017

Anne Chen

Anne Chen (002)-001Anne Gordon Chen, 71, of Lincoln, died June 4, 2017. Anne taught at Hartley School for 42 years and worked at JC Penny for over 10 years after retiring from teaching.  She had many friends of all ages that added much joy to her life.

Survivors include husband David; son Philip (Melanie) Chen; daughter Emily Chen; foster daughter Liz (Jeff Martin) Bui; sister Mary Gordon; brothers James (Mary Ellen) and Mark (Carol) Gordon; mother in law Sally Chen; sisters in law Anna, Lucy, and Phebee (Albert) Chen; brothers in law John (Carol) and Paul (Becky) Chen; and many nieces, nephews, their spouses, and children. Preceded in death by her parents Homer and Marjorie Gordon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St., Lincoln, at 11:00 a.m. on June 10, 2017 with a Visitation at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., from 9:00-10:30 a.m. with procession to the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, 84th & Adams.  Memorials to Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures or Leadership Lincoln.    Condolences at


  1. So very sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with Anne when she came to Sue’s therapy pool & missed her when she quit coming. Your family has my sympathy & prayers. Sincerely, Carol Schmidt

  2. I was in her first class that she taught which was first grade. My daughter,Mindy Kellogg, had her as a second grade teacher. We have nothing but fond memories of her. She helped to make Hartley a wonderful and happy place.

  3. I was in Miss Chen’s 1st grade class many years ago. She was such a beautiful woman and a totally awesome teacher. After high school she and I kept in touch from time to time.
    My prayers are with you all.
    Jeanene (Ellis) Hopgood

    God Bless you all!

  4. David, our condolences and sympathy and prayers to you and your entire family, God bless you all, Dexter Myers

  5. My sympathy and prayers to Ann’s husband and children and their families and to Jim Mary and Mark and their families. She was an important influence on me growing up – As the slightly older and therefore much more sophisticated sister of a dear friend, I remember her as the only person who just knew how to wear makeup perfectly and the neighbor who was successful at teaching me how to ride a bike. She won an essay contest in the city of Lincoln and my Mom and I watched, fascinated as she was interviewed and read it aloud on channel ten. May she rest in peace.

  6. Miss Gordon was my FAVORITE teacher at Hartley. My condolences to her family & friends.

  7. The Heavens have a new teacher for the children to learn from .Our children Kaylynn had Mrs Chen for her Kindergarten teacher, Our Son Kristion had Mrs Chen for 3 years Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade at the time they were elevating the children and teachers .
    A very kind and caring teacher yet if the need arose she could be very stern at times.A Blessing to so many children over the 42+ years of being at Hartley .

  8. May all the sweet memories of Anne bring you solace during this time. We hope that all the great moments that you were able to have with her before she passed away brings you comfort. In her honor, we’ve contributed to Leadership Lincoln.

    xoxo Brenda Boden, Brian and Ada Treece

  9. Emily and Phillip,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to your family.
    Melinda James Mellick

  10. I’m so sorry for the families loss, she was an awesome teacher, she was my teacher as well as my other siblings. My prayers and condolences.

  11. Anne was a good person with a generous spirit. She will be missed, and remembered fondly, by all who knew her. I am so sorry for you all, especially her children, including Liz, to whom Anne taught English and set on a path to success in her new country. ♥️

  12. I was so sorry to see that Mrs. Chen and passed on. She was an amazing woman that made such a difference in a lot of lives. she enjoyed being a teacher and forming the young minds she worked with. She will be missed. Her family are in my prayers during this difficult time.


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