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Mary Alice Colby

January 28, 1944 — February 23, 2016

Mary (Gleason) Colby

Mary Alice (Gleason) Colby was born January 28th, 1944, at Imperial, Nebraska, to John W. and Blanche H. (Bopp) Gleason. As a girl she grew up in Imperial, graduating from Chase County High School in 1961.

On May 9, 1964, Mary was united in marriage to Delbert Howard Colby at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial, NE. Mary and Delbert settled on a farm south of Hamlet, NE, in Hitchcock County, where they lived for almost ten years. The couple then moved into Hamlet where they made their home until the boys were grown, before moving to the North Platte area until present.

Mary was employed in several different locations including the Wauneta Public Schools as a cook, the TRW and Dayco companies in McCook, NE. She was a hotel clerk and manager in the North Platte area, as well as working at the Home Instead Company assisting the elderly. Mary was also a full time Mom and assisted on the farm. She was an award winner in crocheting and needlework at the local county fairs. Mary enjoyed sewing, cooking, canning, gardening, and feeding the baby calves. She loved the mountains and nature watching along with sketching and writing poetry. To Delbert and the boys she was a great award winning wife and mom. Mary was never heard to complain, never heard to say a bad word about anyone, and contributed to her family greatly. She was very dedicated to loving God, and living the Golden Rule.

Mary passed away Tuesday evening, February 23rd, 2016, at her home in North Platte, Nebraska. She was 72 years of age.

Survivors include:
Husband, Delbert Colby of North Platte, Nebraska
Sons: Steven Colby of Montgomery, Texas; David Colby of North Platte, Nebraska and Stan Colby of North Platte, Nebraska
Grandchildren: Jacob Colby, Sayden Stuck and wife, Destiny, Madison Colby, Heath Colby and Leo Colby
1 Great-Grandchild
Brothers: Tom Gleason and wife, Sarah, Burlington, MA
Joe Gleason of Denver, Colorado
Sisters: Patricia Eagan and husband, Dean, of Mesa, Arizona and Bonny Widdifield of Denver, Colorado.
Sister-In-Law: Kay Gleason of Kearney, NE
Many nieces and Nephews

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Brothers; Bill and Jackie.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. (Mountain Time), Monday afternoon, February 29, 2016 at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial with Father Lothar Gilde officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.

Memorials have been established to the VFW Post# 4688 of Imperial and the Alzheimer Association of Nebraska.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

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841 Court Street, Imperial, NE 69033

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