Mary Lou George

Mary Lou George, 88, of Winside, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne following a brief battle with leukemia (CMML) and stomach cancer.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne with family present.

A graveside service and interment will be held Friday, January 10 at Wyuka Cemetery in  Lincoln.

The family requests that you please include a note in any cards indicating how you knew Mary Lou. Memorials may be made to organizations Mary Lou supported or to the family for distribution to those charities.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.

Born in Chicago in 1931, Mary Lou grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and married Bob George shortly after her graduation in 1953. The couple had five children. Mary Lou lived and taught in Neola, Iowa; Lincoln, Neb.; Fairfield, Iowa; Tucson, Ariz.; and Columbus, Neb. After the family moved to Winside in 1974, Mary Lou taught in Wayne Public schools for 19 years before retiring. She earned a master’s degree from Wayne State College in 1979. After retiring, she enjoyed serving as a substitute teacher in Winside for more than 20 years. During her career Mary Lou taught every age group from kindergarten through college.

Mary Lou volunteered extensively, especially following her retirement, including serving with the American Red Cross, Child Disaster Services, Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management, Nebraska Family Caregiver Coalition and Nebraska Family Caregiver Support Northern Area Advisory Board. She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star and active in Trinity Lutheran Church in Winside, Wayne Area Retired School Personnel, Winside’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit, the Winside Museum board and many other community activities.

Survivors include her children Karen Jones of Lusk, Wyo., Alene Walker (Dan) of Saint Louis Park, Minn., Corinne Morris (Ed) of Carroll, Bill George (Kristi) of Seward, and son-in-law Ron Herms of Lincoln; grandchildren Lanita (Mat), Brian (Lori), Mary (Benj), Brad, Kim (Jason), Eric (Caitlin), Kristi, Daniel (Stevie), Jonathan, Michael (Alexa), Emma (Connor), Josh, Alex (Quinn), Zach (Jade) and great grandchildren Samantha, Breanna (Bret), Morgan, Jasmine, Cody, Collin, Lindsay, Blake, Callie, Cora, Conner, Clara, Cayla, Crimson, and Clancy. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, (1977); daughter, Annette, (1981); parents, John and Ruth Ginn, and brothers Jack (Marilyn) and Bob (Bette). 

The Wayne Herald

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