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Harvard resident Florence R. Owens, 84, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska. Services were Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at United Church of Christ, Harvard, with Pastor Dave Johnson and Rev. Stan Crawford officiating. Burial was in Harvard Cemetery, Harvard. Visitation was Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:00-7:00 p.m., at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home, Hastings, Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m., with family present at United Church of Christ, Harvard, and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. Florence was born September 5, 1930, in Twin Brooks, South Dakota, to Ray and Charlotte (Bell) Anderson. In the early 1940s, Florence moved to the Inland and Harvard area with her family. After her marriage to Jessie F. Owens on May 14, 1950, they moved to Mississippi and later back to Harvard. Jessie preceded her in death on January 5, 2002. For many years, she cooked for the nursing home and school in Harvard. She loved helping her family and friends and feeding them, too. She was a grandma to everyone! Florence was very active in her church and in the community. She was a member of the United Church of Christ and the VFW Auxiliary in Harvard. She loved going to garage sales and finding a bargain, and she also enjoyed country music. Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jessie; son, Larry “Red” Owens; grandson, Curtis Owens; great-granddaughter, Hailey Sanford; five brothers; and two sisters. SURVIVORS: Children and Spouses: Jerry and Mary Owens of Harvard, NE; Sherry and Rick Sanford of Harvard, NE; Terry and Kelley Owens of Harvard, NE. “Adopted” Daughter: Mari Beth Hamburger of Harvard, NE. Special Niece and Husband: Missy and Terry Grummert of Hebron, NE. Grandchildren and Spouses: Clint Owens of Harvard, NE; Lil’ Kelly Owens of Fredericksburg, VA; Clayton and Sandy Sanford of Hastings, NE; Jarod and Katie Owens of Tekamah, NE; Amanda and Felipe Cecilio of Hutchinson, KS; Brandi Owens of Harvard, NE. Great- grandchildren: eight. Numerous nieces and nephews.
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