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Patricia Carolyn Pumphrey, age 97 passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Hebron, Nebraska. She was born to the late William and Dorothy (Kimball) Preston of Hastings, Nebraska on October 18, 1921. Pat graduated from Hastings High School attended Hastings College and graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She enjoyed teaching for three years after college in Nelson, Geneva and McCook.
Pat was joined in marriage to Dwight I. Pumphrey in 1945. The couple lived in Hastings, Lexington and Aurora before settling in Hebron, Nebraska in the early 1960s where they raised their three sons: Roger, Harold and Gregory.
Pat was dedicated to her church, the United Methodist Church in Hebron. She was an active member since 1961.
Pat enjoyed her work with the Thayer Co. Hospital Guild, spending countless number of hours as a volunteer at their thriving thrift store, helping to raise funds to improve the local hospital. She was a member for over 50 years of the area’s P.E.O. Chapter and a member of the Society of Mayflower descendants and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Pat was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, spending as much time with them as possible. She enjoyed playing music, tending her flower garden, reading, and making photo albums. These albums contained pictures, school programs, and newspaper clippings for each of the grandchildren from birth through high school. She then gave these treasures to them at graduation. Pat took great joy in teaching the grandkids the fine art of butchering chickens, putting up ear corn and baking cookies. She was a ready and willing taste tester for many 4-H recipe trials and errors.
Pat was dearly loved by her husband of 73 years Dwight, their three sons: Roger and wife Lisa and his two daughters Hether (Patrick) and Caitlin (Steve); Harold (deceased) and his four children Alyssa (Robert), Holly (Mike), Cary (Becky) and Drew; Gregory (Susan) and two daughters Danielle (Shaun) and Rachelle (Richard; she will be missed by her eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Betty and husband Roy of New Jersey. She also leaves to mourn many other cherished family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother! "Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. You will be missed, but all our love for you always."
Memorial services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Hebron, Nebraska with Pastor Rick Jones officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Hebron City Cemetery. Her grandchildren served as Honorary Bearers. Pat requested Brenda Striggow to play the organ for the congregation to sing "In The Garden", "Because He Lives" and "On Eagles Wings". Memorial gifts can be directed to the Hebron Methodist Women. Condolences may be left at PriceUrbauerAhrendts.com. Price-Urbauer-Ahrendts Funeral Home, Hebron, Nebraska was in charge of these arrangements.