Yvonne Gannon - September 19, 2012Yvonne J. Gannon, 88, of Holdrege, mother of Aurora resident Becky Lehmer, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted from the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege on Monday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. with Yvonne’s son, Pastor Bob Gannon, officiating. Private family inurnment will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege prior to the services.
Yvonne was born on Nov. 7, 1923 in Arnold, Nebraska to her parents: Lauritz and Selma (Oman) Nelson. She had five brothers: Andrew, Kenneth, Glen, Lanqfort and Herman and one sister, Grace. She spent most of her growing up years in Arnold and completed her education and graduated from high school in Selma, Calif. in 1941.
She was united in marriage to Emmett Gannon in Kearney on Oct. 12, 1946. To this union five children were born: William, Richard, Barbara, Rebecca and Robert. They moved to Holdrege in 1957, when Emmett took a position as an elementary school principal. Yvonne stayed at home to raise her five children until 1965. She then began working at the First National Bank of Holdrege until her retirement in 1987.
Yvonne’s hobbies and interests were any activity that her children and grandchildren were involved in. Whenever her children were in involved in a sport, in music, or drama she was always there as their greatest fan. After retirement, Yvonne took every opportunity she could to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities, traveling to Aurora, Laurel, Columbus and Kearney in Nebraska and Colorado. Apart from her relationship with Jesus, her greatest joy was her children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Yvonne is survived by her three sons: Bill (Ann) Gannon of Columbus, and their three children: Chris and wife, Katie, Ellie and husband, Aaron, and Drew; Dick (Cheri) Gannon of Holdrege and their four children: Chad and wife, Michelle, Lindsay and husband, Jared, Justin and wife, Andrea, and Jami and husband, Seth; Bob (Kerry) Gannon of Kearney and their three children: Emmett and wife, Setera, AnnDee, and Jackson. Yvonne is also survived by her two daughters: Barb (Jim) Tallant of Highlands Ranch, Colo. and their two children: Michael and Matthew; and Becky Lehmer of Aurora, and her two children: Jen and Kelley. In addition she is survived by eight great-grandchildren; nephew, Larry Nelson of Shelby, Mont. and a niece, Doris Garrison of Long Beach, Calif..
Besides her parents, Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett, on Jan. 19, 1988 and her siblings.
A Memorial Book Signing will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, with the family greeting friends from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in her memory and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com.