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Laura M. Umphenour

November 24, 2018

Laura M. Umphenour passed away November 22, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice. Laura was born December 5, 1929 in Columbus, NE to Walter D. and Helen M. Greiner Brenneman. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1947 and then attended Lincoln School of Commerce. She worked as a secretary at Russell Stover Candies in Lincoln. She was married to Robert Umphenour on May 20, 1953 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln. They resided in California and England while Robert was on Air Force active duty. They returned to Beatrice in 1955.

Laura was a 4-H leader, and used her secretarial skills part-time at Umphenour’s Supermarket and other places in Beatrice. She was a long-time member of Centenary United Methodist Church and was active in UMW and other organizations. Playing bridge was her passion and she played in multiple groups.

Survivors include her daughter, Terri (Timothy) Johnson of Hershey; four grandchildren: Craig (Jennifer) Johnson of Omaha, Karissa (Ryan) Sander of Greenfield, Massachusetts, Jessica (Dennis) Lyons, and Maggie Hackler of Beatrice; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters-in-law: Virginia, Cleone, and Anita Brenneman; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; daughter, Deborah, and son-in-law, James Hackler; three brothers, Robert, James, and Donald Brenneman; three sisters, Dorothy Olsen, Betty Lovelace, and Erma Brenneman; and one brother-in-law, Duane Olsen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice with Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A family prayer service will be held at 11:15 A.M. on Tuesday in the library at the church. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home on Monday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. and one hour preceding the service at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Beatrice Senior Center or the giver’s favorite charity. www.foxfuneralhome.net Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.

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