Beth Ellen DeLara, 84 - January 16, 2014Beth Ellen DeLara, 84, of Johnson Lake passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Clark Jeary Retirement Community in Lincoln.
Services will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Dyton Owen officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
A visitation will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
DeLara was born Dec. 29, 1929, at Bruning to Harry and Helen (Hofrichter) Bowman. She grew up in Bruning and graduated from Bruning High School.
She was united in marriage to Norman Wright in 1946. To this union, five children were born. The family moved to Lexington in 1954.
In June of 1982, she married George Bigelow at Johnson Lake. He preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 1994.
She was then married to Jon DeLara on Nov. 26, 1998, at 29 Palms, CA. He also preceded her in death on April 6, 2012.
DeLara was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Lexington since 1954. She served on various organizations in the church including her serving circle. She loved singing in the choir and enjoyed leading youth group and teaching Sunday School when her children were young, family members said.
She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary since 1971 and a past Girl Scout leader. She loved all sports as well as playing cards, reading, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren, the family said. She loved life, loved her family and touched many lives with a smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She also loved living at the lake and considered her lake friends like her second family.
DeLara was preceded in death by: her husbands; a daughter, Lila Wright.
Survivors include: her children—Susan “Sue” (Matt) Williams of Gothenburg, Diana (Scott) Kline of Sun City West, AZ, George (Mindy) Wright of Lincoln and Mike Wright of Johnson Lake; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren and their families.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Lexington Regional Home Health & Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association.