Emily Lou Cook passed away at home surrounded by her family on September 15th, 2017 in Windsor, Colorado after a long battle with chronic heart failure. Our beloved Emily Lou Cook was born Emily Lou Barta in Lexington, Nebraska on April 16th, 1940. She lived in Cozad until graduation from High School. Her parents were both from Nebraska; her father a first generation Czech-American. She was the younger sister of Glenn E. Barta. Em met her would-be husband, Lee R. Cook, while they both attended Colorado State University in 1958. They were wed in Cozad, Nebraska on October 8th, 1960.
She is survived by her husband of almost 57 years, Lee; three daughters, Tracie Bradford and husband, Bill of Wichita, Kansas, Holly Smethers and husband, Tommy of Justin, Texas, Susan Cook, of Andover, Maine, and one son, Brian Cook of Fort Collins, Colorado; eight grandchildren, Shane, Blake, Amy, Billy, Samuel, Megan, Evan, and Emmy; seven great-grandchildren, Jace, Joci, Kyler, Leila, Becca, Braxton, and Josey.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Barta; father, Emil Barta; and brother, Glenn E. Barta.
Em preferred to be titled Domestic Engineer, but was so much more to her husband and children. She devoted her life to her family as an involved mother and wife during the family’s many moves throughout Lee’s military career. She will be remembered as a Brownie/Girl Scout leader, Officers Wives’ Club volunteer, traveling soccer/sport parent, room mother, music leader, musician/percussionist, cheerleader, breast cancer survivor, and for twenty years, keeper of an aquatic frog that her son acquired through a “grow-a-frog-kit” Christmas gift. Em loved reading and was always thinking of others. Many were recipients of her notorious newspaper and magazine article clippings. Traveling and spending time with dear friends, especially her five childhood friends from Cozad, Nebraska were some of her most favorite things. She will best be remembered for her love of family and her selfless devotion to others.
Memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at Three Trees Chapel, 13416 W Arbor Place, Littleton, Colorado with Eric Biehl officiating. A reception will follow at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association and/or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society.
Richard L. Beans of Cozad passed away September 14th, 2017 at the Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 89. Richard was born May 24th, 1928 at Denver, Colorado to Guy and Cora (Fouts) Beans.
Richard graduated from Lexington High School. He married LaVon Beckley on November 25th, 1951. The couple moved to the family homestead east of Cozad where they farmed for many years. Richard also worked at Monroe Auto for 31 years until his retirement. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved playing pranks on family and friends. Richard was quite handy and kept busy fixing things around the house and for family. He and LaVon enjoyed traveling, square dancing and were active with the American Red Cross. Richard was a longtime member of the Cozad United Methodist Church and a Mason for over 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVon; brother, Guy, Jr. and sister, Wilma May and her husband Leonard.
Survivors include his 3 children, Terry Beans and wife Sara of Lexington, Sheri Beans of Temple, Texas, and Steve Beans and wife Dawn of Cozad; 2 grandchildren, Travis Beans of Fremont and Morgan Smock of Cozad; great grandson, Jacob Beans of Fremont; brothers, Floyd Beans and wife Pat of Chandler, Arizona and Norm Beans and wife Marilyn of Cozad; sister-in-law, Arlene Beans of Mesa, Arizona; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Lexington or Cozad Grand Generation Centers. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial was at the Cozad Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at Berryman Funeral Home.
Margaret L. Garcia, 91, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at her home.
She was born July 9th, 1926, in Oconto, Nebraska, to William and Emma (Martin) Garringer. She attended school at Tuckerville rural school. After her schooling she worked for Emil Benthack at the Cornland Hotel.
Margaret was married to Eddie Garcia on June 21st, 1947, in Lexington. They just celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Three sons were blessed to this marriage; Brent, Dave & Ed.
Margaret and Eddie owned and operated the Weaver’s Dry Cleaning and then Fashion Dry Cleaning.
She was a Cub Scout leader when her sons were small, and enjoyed raising her sons, keeping her home, and being with family as the family grew. Margaret was always a friendly person. She enjoyed reading her Bible, flowers, but her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren were the great joys in her life.
Margaret was a member of the Berean Bible Church, and a past member of the First Christian Church.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Eddie of Lexington, Nebraska; sons, Brent Garcia of Elwood, Nebraska, Dave (Susan) Garcia of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Ed (Denice) Garcia of Lexington, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Scott Garcia of Elwood, Nebraska, Carey (Garret) Becker of Crookston, Minnesota, Megan (Jeff) Koch of Howe, Nebraska, David Garcia of Lincoln, Nebraska, Chad (Melissa) Garcia of Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Stacey (Brandon) Gibreal of Kearney, Nebraska; granddaughter-in-law, Dawn Garcia of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten great-grandchildren, Ricky, Jesse, Prudence, Keaton, Conner, Kyran, Kennedy, Grace, Gavin & Brody; three great-great-grandchildren, Corben, Opie, and Nathaniel; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, three sisters, and one great-grandson, Nathaniel, and great-great-granddaughter, Ivory.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 21st, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Berean Bible Church in Lexington with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation was held Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Betty Jean Volkman, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died September 11th, 2017 at Saunders Medical Center Long Term Care in Wahoo, Nebraska.
She was born December 30th, 1927 in Lexington, Nebraska, daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Wilsey) Wolfe. Betty lived at Lexington until her marriage to Gene Kenneth Volkman on November 23rd, 1952. Betty and Gene had four children - Jeanette, Darla, Kenneth and David.
Betty was a teacher and taught in many different schools. The family lived at New Castle, Wyoming (1952-56), Lexington (1956-68), Gothenburg (1968-77), Hereford, Texas, (1977-94), Gothenburg (1994-2015), Wahoo, Nebraska (2015-2017). Betty was a member of the Texas Retired Teachers, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma, and VFW. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church where she was a Deaconess and sang with the choir. She enjoyed Nebraska football, knitting club, the VFW Auxiliary; but most of all she cherished visits from her kids, grandkids and friends.
Survivors include her daughters, Jeanette Wolf of Lincoln, Darla (LaMonte) Schlake of Gothenburg, son, David (Kathy) Volkman of Omaha; daughter-in-law Bev Volkman, 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; sister Alice Wolfe; brother, Derald (Peg) Wolfe; along with many extended family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Mildred Wolfe, her husband Gene (April 2009), her son Kenneth, grand daughters Kaylee and Shannon; sister-in-law, Jeanie Wolfe, son-in-law, Kenneth Wolf.
Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Funeral Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, Nebraska, Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Boyd and Rev. Matt Coplen officiating.
Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery, Lexington, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Lori Lin Walker, 56, of Grand Island went to her eternal home to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 7th, 2017.
Memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 11th, 2017 at All Faiths Funeral Home. Father Scott Harder officiated.
Lori was born April 22nd, 1961 in Lexington, the daughter of Jim “Duke” and Phyllis (Rice) Schneider. She grew up on a farm east of Lexington and graduated from Lexington Senior High School. Lori married Dallas Walker and they spent most of their married life raising their beautiful family in Nebraska and Alaska.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Ryan (Hanna) Walker of Alaska, Aimee (Steve) Owen of Alaska, Teresa Jones (Chris Sims) of Florida, Melissa (Allen) White of Alaska, Jessica Walker of Grand Island and Emily (Cody) VanSickle of Grand Island; her parents, Phyllis and Steve Douglas of Little Rock, Arkansas; Duke and Sally Schneider of Omaha; sister, Jami Anson (Gary Kampschneider) of Columbus; stepbrother, John (Pat) Hays of Omaha; stepsisters, Jodi (J.D.) Alonso of Omaha and Kathryn (Jerry) Linch of League City, Texas, eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas and her grandparents.
Lori’s beloved family was her life. She was a fulltime mother, grandmother and homemaker. Loving and compassionate, she was as beautiful as the gardens she cultivated.
Online remembrances may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.
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