Jean Eldora Magnuson, 96 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska

Funeral Services for Jean E. Magnuson will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska with Pastor Murray Jones, officiating. Interment will be held in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Jean Eldora Magnuson, 96 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Holdrege Memorial Homes. Jean was born on July 13, 1917 on the family farm one-half mile southwest of Holdrege, the third of four daughters born to Charley and Hilda (Johnson) Borklund. She received her primary education from a rural school southwest of Holdrege and then graduated from Holdrege High School, with the class of 1934. She then pursued higher education at Trippes Beauty School in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she received her cosmetology license. She then returned to Holdrege and operated the beauty shop at Ledlie's Brothers Clothing Store.

On February 8, 1941 she was united in marriage to Chester O. Magnuson in Billings, Montana. Chet was a long-time friend since the third grade. The couple traveled extensively since Chet was a salesman of men's clothing. They later settled in California, where Jean lived during WWII. She was employed by Cannon Enterprises and Genenni Specialties. In 1984, they returned to Holdrege from San Clemente, California. The couple never had any children so they worked, traveled, cruised and enjoyed visiting Nebraska friends in California. On August 18, 1999, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Chet. Since her failing health in 2008 she began to make her home at Christian Homes Care Community and Holdrege Memorial Homes.

Besides her parents and husband, Chet, she was preceded in death by sisters: Leona Smith and her husband, Paul and Harriet McRoberts and her husband, P.D; brother-in-law, John D. Burgeson; a niece, Bonnie Erickson; and a nephew, Jerry McRoberts.

She leaves to mourn her passing her sister, JoAnne Burgeson of Holdrege; two nieces: Linda Reiser and her husband, Bill of Holdrege, Patty O'Brien and her husband, John of Shelton, Nebraska; three nephews: Steve Burgeson of Holdrege, Charles Smith of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Richard Erickson of Holdrege; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Jean's honor and kindly suggested to Nebraska Prairie Museum or the Holdrege Senior Center.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.

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