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 Leora Maxine “Bea” <I>Cass</I> Willey

Leora Maxine “Bea” Cass Willey

Birth
Hollinger, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 12 Feb 2017 (aged 87)
Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Beaver City, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 176330489 · View Source
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Leora Maxine (Bea) Willey, age 87, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, died on Sunday, February 12, 2017,at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, Nebraska with her family surrounding her.

Bea was born by Hollinger, Nebraska on September 24, 1929 to Clyde Alfred Martin and Doris Elizabeth (Inman) Cass.
She grew up near Beaver City and surrounding area. Her father Clyde did not like her name as a baby and held her up to a mirror and ask, “Who is that?”, and she answered B-Baby. So her name from then on was Bea. She graduated as Valedictorian at Beaver City High School with the class of 1947.

Bea was united in marriage on August 27, 1947, at Norton, Kansas to W. Dean Willey. To this union three daughters were born, Roxy, Jacque, and Peg.

After they married, Dean farmed and Bea taught country school for three years. They would farm and raised cattle on Dean’s parents place south of Beaver City. In 1952, they purchased a farm 8 miles south of Hendley, NE on the Nebraska-Kansas line along the Sappa Creek. Bea milked the cow herd, first by hand and then by milking machine. Later on, the girls helped with the chores. They followed their girl’s school activities throughout their school years. She was a hard worker and taught her daughters to do the same. They retired from farming in 1981 and started going south to Phan, Texas for the winter so they could play golf year round. After Dean died on June 29, 1989, Bea moved in September to Arapahoe while renting out the farm. She continued going south by herself for the winters until 2010 when she was 81 years old.

Bea was active in the Arapahoe Golf Course, playing in many tournaments with her many friends. Bea enjoyed having coffee and putting puzzles together with her friends at the Arapahoe Senior Center. She enjoyed Bingo several nights a week and looked forward to weekly “Wild Women of Wednesday”, who dine out together and play cards. She belonged to Hobby Club and Devizes Ladies Aid when she lived on the farm south of Hendley. She was baptized and member of the Wilsonville United Methodist Church and later transferred to the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe. She enjoyed her many friends at golf, bingo, cards, coffee, working on puzzles, her 3 daughters, son-in-law’s, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean of 42 years, brother Don Cass, sister Bonnie Hand, sister-in-law Rose Cass, brother-in-law Buster Hand.

Bea is survived by her daughters: Roxy and husband Mike Lang of Wilsonville, Nebraska, Jacque and husband Mike Elwood of Hallam, Nebraska, Peg and husband John Ahlemeyer of Wilsonville, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren: Traci Jennings of Norton, Kansas, Sherri MacFee of Lincoln, Nebraska, Shane Elwood of Hickman, Nebraska, Jeff Ahlemeyer of Wilsonville, Nebraska, Lori Armstrong of Brule, Nebraska, Kurt Ahlemeyer of Omaha, Nebraska, Greg Ahlemeyer of Cambridge, Nebraska, Jeremy Lang of Goodland, Kansas, and Nic Lang of Moore, Oklahoma; 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services are Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler, officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska.


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  • Created by: Scott
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176330489
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leora Maxine “Bea” Cass Willey (24 Sep 1929–12 Feb 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176330489, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Scott (contributor 47272017) .