Plains Edition Obituaries 2-25-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 2-25-12

Donaldine Lewis Avey, 96, passed away January 26, 2012 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, Neb.

She was born Dorothea Sara Theresa on July 19, 1915 to Gladys Benjamin Bishop and David Bishop in Roundup, Mont.

Her childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, and a short stay in California. At the age of 13, she lost her mother and was adopted by David and Elizabeth Lewis near Liscott, Neb. She graduated from Broken Bow High School and was a country school teacher for three years. On April 4, 1936, she united in marriage to Cecil Avey. They started their lives together near Dunning, Neb., in a railroad car-body house with a turkey operation and a big garden. Two children were born during this time, Elizabeth and Mildred. They moved to Seneca, Neb., in 1939 where Helen, Lola, David, and Virginia were born. In 1957, the family moved to Crawford, Neb., where Donaldine worked at the Quick Serve Grocery until retirement.

Donaldine was a master gardener and self-taught seamstress. While living in Seneca, Neb., she kept her family fed with the large test plot she gardened and charted for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her sewing skills seemed unlimited. They ranged from flour sack dresses and shirts, formals, majorette/cheerleading uniforms, cowboy and cameo outfits to pillows and blankets for her children and grandchildren.

Don and Cec (as they were known), “retired” to a beautiful 3-acre garden that could be viewed entering Crawford, Neb. There was plenty of produce to share, and share they did. In the summer of 2010 Don over saw her last garden while her family and Jean Daugherty carefully followed her instructions. She moved to the Grandview Assisted Living facility in Ord, Neb., in the fall of 2010.

Donaldine gave her time, wisdom, and patience to anyone who wanted or needed it. If she was a part of your life, you were better for it. She leaves behind innumerable, appreciative friends and family.

She is survived by five children, Elizabeth (TJ) Poole of Arvada, Colo., Helen (Ken) Cullers of Ord, Neb., Lola Liermann of Sgt. Bluff, Iowa, David (Connie Zarek) Avey of Casper, Wyo., and Virginia (Richard) Pullen of Lusk, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; nieces, nephews, and special nephew, Loren Avey and his wife Connie of Grand Island, Neb.; cousin Harry Watts of Wales, England, sister-in-law Lola Avey Brown of Tacoma, Wash., and a dear friend Helen Britton of Torrington, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter Mildred, her parents and adopted parents, brother David Bishop, Sister Mary Wagner, and son-in-law Herman Liermann.

Memorial services were held January 31, 2012 at Grandview Assisted Living Center in Ord, Neb., and on February 2, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Crawford, Neb.

Burial was in Crawford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crawford Fire and Rescue Department and may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Neb., 69337.

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Harry Milton Petsch, 87, of Palisade, Neb., passed away February 16, 2012.

He was born June 21, 1924 in Hayes County to Guy F. and Jessie (Crosson) Petsch.

At a young age the family moved to Crosson Homestead south of Wauneta, Neb., where Harry attended school in a one room school house in Dundy County.

After his father’s death in 1936, the family moved to the Palisade, Neb., area. In 1940 his mother married Wes Crampton and they moved to Palisade, Neb., where Harry graduated from high school in 1942. In March 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed with the Service Command Unit in Phoenix, Ariz.

On December 11, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart Elsie Pearl Gage at Tempe, Ariz. Following Harry’s honorable discharge from the Army in February 1946, the couple moved to a farm north of Beverly, Neb. In 1952 they moved to Denver, Colo., where he worked for Hires Root Beer and Royal Crown Bottling Company. While at Royal Crown he received an eight state Regional Quality Control award.

In 1967 they moved to Brighton, Colo., where he worked for Great Western Sugar Company until his retirement in 1977. They moved back to their farm northwest of Palisade, Neb., where he enjoyed raising livestock and pursuing his gardening hobby.

In 2002 due to failing health, they sold the farm and moved to Palisade, Neb., where he resided until his death.

He was a lifetime member of the Palisade American Legion Post 318.

Harry faced all of his adversities with dignity and patience. He was a kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie of Palisade, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Millie Petsch of McCook, Neb., Iris and husband, Darrell Barnes of Palisade, Neb., Betty Gage of Aumsville, Ore.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Jessie; step-father, Wes Crampton; infant sister, Madline; brothers, Wayne and Wyle; sisters-in-law, Ethel Petsch and Helen Gage; brother-in-law, Wayne and Johnnie Gage.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palisade United Methodist Church or the charity of one’s choice.

Memorial services were held February 20, 2012 at the Palisade United Methodist Church in Palisade, Neb.

Burial with military honors followed in the Palisade Cemetery.

Dr. Judy Anne Driskell, PhD, 68, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away February 21, 2012 after a long illness.

Dr. Driskell was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Detroit, Mich.

She graduated from Semmes High School (Mobile, Alabama area) and was valedictorian of her class. She earned her B.S. degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Purdue University. She held teaching/research/administrative positions at Auburn University, Florida State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Nebraska.

She was also employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and two universities in Indonesia. Her publications include about 20 books, 200 refereed journal research articles, and numerous technical and lay publications. She received national Borden Award for Research in Applied Fundamental Knowledge of Human Nutrition as well as several other research awards. She contributed to the education of over 200 graduate and over 1,000 undergraduate students. She was a member and past-president of Lincoln South Rotary club and a member of Southern Heights Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband William (Bill) Peters of Lincoln, Neb.; her father Ralph Driskell in Wilmer, Ala.; and her brothers John Driskell (wife Barbara and son David) in Wilmer, Ala., Jerry Driskell (wife Barbel and daughter Valeri White) of Fairhope, Ala., and Jim Driskell (wife Denise and daughter Sara). Her step-daughter Sharon Baranowski (husband Chris), grandson Tony, and granddaughter Sarah of Omaha, Neb., also were important to Judy.

Judy was preceded in death by her mother Lois Ballenger Driskell.

Funeral services were held February 24, 2012 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln, Neb.

Interment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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