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Elly Smith

October 4, 1953 — November 9, 2022

Elly Smith of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 69. Elly Smith (our Mom) was born on October 4, 1953 to Roy and Dorthy Robbins, being the fourth of six children. She was raised on a farm outside of Sumner, Nebraska. She traveled after graduation, spending the majority of her time in California.

Mom met the love of her life, our dad, while on a date with a different man! Mom described Dad as her mismatched chauffeur wearing plaid pants and a striped shirt. She said, "He may have mismatched but boy he could dance!" Dad danced his way into heart and married Mom on June 30, 1973.

Mom worked various jobs like packing plant, hog farm, and Baldwins, but the majority of her life she was a self proclaimed Household Technician. She was sure to teach that craft to my brother and I, from plumbing, wiring, painting, or about anything Mom had asked Dad to do, that he didn't. There was absolutely nothing that woman could not do! Even if she could not, she tried, and then Dad fixed it.

Mom was a loyal and loving wife, Mom, Granny, GG and Husker fan, even with their 25 year losing streak! Over the years, she enjoyed bowling, playing cards, playing pool, but most importantly time with her grandkids and great grandkids. She scheduled her entire summer around the great grandkids coming to visit. Their parents scheduled the rest of the year around fixing the bad habits she taught them!

Mom was an amazing cook! Even when it looked like a dog in the pan, she made Dad's roadkill taste great. I don't know how she pulled it off but she didn't measure anything, so following her recipes is tough. A pinch of this, a dash of that, and always measure sugar with your heart. She was always sure to ask the grandkids if it was "good or shitty" knowing they would not get into trouble with Granny, while smirking at their parents.

Mom is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy, who she constantly gave hell to but loved with all her heart. Her daughter Terri (Tim) Ourada, son James (Loretta) Smith, grandchildren: Jared (Alicia) Ourada, Tierra (Michael) Howard, Sierra (Jon) Deshotel, Madison (Trey) Ramberg, Preston Smith and Jameson Smith. Great-Grandchildren: Carter, Alexandra, Korra, Owen, Saylor, Harbor, Sabastian, and Oliver.

She is preceded in death and was met at the pearly gates by her Grandparents, Dad, Mom, two sisters, Jeanie and Donna, and nephews: Toby, Rodney, and Kyle.

Mom will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. The family is requesting memorials be designated to upcoming medical expenses for Harbor Deshotel. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dean Pofahl officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Berryman Funeral Home. Burial will be Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Berryman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

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Monday, November 14, 2022

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Nebraska 56A Spur, Maxwell, NE 69151

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