Kitty Simonson, 89, of Mullen, Nebraska

Kitty Simonson, 89, of Mullen, died surrounded by family on Sept. 22, 2012, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Barbara Katherine Simonson was born on Jan. 4, 1923, at the family's 1887 homestead at Swan Lake in Cherry County. Family members still own and operate the ranch. She was the seventh of nine children born to Jay Edward "Ed" and Katherine Barbara "Katie" Krueger Miller.
Kitty attended country schools through the seventh grade, graduating with the Mullen High School class of 1941. She was united in marriage with Jack N. Simonson on Aug. 3, 1941, in Alliance.
Kitty and Jack lived north of Mullen on the Middle Loup River until 1945, when they bought their own place in southern Cherry County.
In 1958, Kitty started working in the Mullen school cafeteria when the family moved to town during the school year. She was head cook and worked at the school until multiple sclerosis limited her physically in 1975.
Kitty was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golfing, bowling and gardening.
After Jack's death in 1990, Kitty moved to Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen. She still enjoyed cards with her card club, refunding, making greeting cards and jewelry. She had a ready smile and loved joking with family and staff.
Kitty is survived by sons, Doug (Donna), of Fremont, and Pat (Wanda), of Seneca; grandchildren, Kevin (Niamh), Mark (Anna) and Kristine (Doug Biegert), Craig, Sid and Brenda (Smolarkewiecz), Aaron (Liza), Mike (Kami) and Nick (Melissa); and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Helen Miller, of Columbus, Ind., Louise Miller, of North Platte, Jean Harding, of Mullen, Peg Garner, of Golden, Colo.; and brother-in-law, Donn (Judy) Simonson, of Fullerton; many nieces and nephews, the staff of Pioneer Memorial Rest Home and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son Joe; her parents; six brothers; and two sisters.
Always a generous and giving person, Kitty had made arrangements to donate her body to multiple sclerosis research. Memorials are suggested to the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home or donor's choice.
Services will be at 3 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Methodist Church in Mullen.

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