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In Memory

Margaret Ely (Verraneault) - Class Of 1943

Margaret Luella Verraneault

Monday, November 19, 2012


Margaret Luella Verraneault


April 9, 1926 - Nov, 16, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Margaret Luella Verraneault passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge, Nebraska.

She was born in McCook on April 9, 1926, to Orin and Opal (Troedsen) Ely. She graduated from McCook High School in 1944. About that same time, she met the love of her life, Lionel 'Boz' Verraneault, and they were married on Sept. 16, 1944. Two children were born to them.

For many years Margaret was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, doing handiwork especially crocheting many beautiful doilies and afghans, and caring for her family. In 1969, she went to work alongside her husband at Redman's Shoe Store. She enjoyed her work as a bookkeeper/salesperson and especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet and visit with the many people who shopped there.

In 1985, she and Lionel purchased the shoe store, and they operated the business together until their retirement in 1989. Her favorite pastime was the time she spent with her family, and she enjoyed sharing many simple pleasures with them -- going for walks, shopping, sharing a visit and a cup of coffee, enjoying the flowers in her yard, and especially being involved in the lives of her grandchildren.

Margaret was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in McCook.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her devoted husband of sixty-four years, Lionel, in 2008; two brothers, Curtis Ely and Wayne Ely; and two sisters, Doris Bridgmon Stewart and Elaine Waterman.

She is survived by her daughter Carol and husband, Larry Ommert of Cambridge and her son, Steve and wife, Karen Verraneault of Kearney; two brothers, Roger and wife, Karen Ely and Kenneth Ely, all of McCook; her sister-in-law, Laverna Ely of McCook; six grandchildren, Jeff Ommert of Cambridge, Tim and wife, Chrystal Ommert of Auburn, Ryan Ommert of Kansas City, Missouri, Andrea and husband, Matt Mack of Grand Island, Greg and wife, Nicole Verraneault of Omaha, and Matt Verraneault of Kearney; five great-grandchildren, Tye and Thatcher Ommert, Aaron and Jared Mack, and Lily Verraneault; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Margaret's loving heart and gentle spirit will be forever missed by her family and friends.

Services will be held at the United Methodist Chuch in McCook on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Associate Pastor Alisa Parde officiaitng. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Hermann Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook on Monday, 2 until 6 p.m. and Tuesday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be left in her name at the Hermann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook.

Hermann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook is in charge of arrangements.