Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming, age 72 of North Platte, formerly of Broken Bow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming was born Dec. 21, 1940, to Frank and Eva (Schmitz) Loeffelholz at Kearney. Mary grew up in the Kearney, Riverdale, Amherst area where she attended country school as well as the Hopewell Country School graduating from Kearney High School in 1959.
Mary left home and married Don Barta in June 1959, and to this marriage five children were born: Alice, James, Thomas, Darlene and Dianna. While Mary was raising her children she worked at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island and Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow. In 1970, she moved to Broken Bow and married Alfred Chris Andersen. He had three children: Ed-ward, Daniel and Dorothy. While living in Broken Bow she worked at Master Cleaners, Sandhills Manor, Broken Bow Wholesale, Daylight Donut Shop, Custer School, Melham Medical Center and Caseyâ€™s. She also did sew-ing and alterations for people in the community as well as for Cinderella Shop and J.M. McDonalds.
Mary and Chris managed the Omaha World Herald in the area where all eight of their children had a paper route. At times Mary would hold down two jobs to help support her family.
Chris passed away in December 1986. Mary continued to work and live in Broken Bow where she retired in 1998.
In 2005, she met and married Richard Gillming and moved to North Platte where he had two children, Brenda and Mark.
Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and her many friends. She also enjoyed playing cards, dominoâ€™s, chicken foot, bowling, sewing, crocheting, canning, helping with 4-H projects, camping and fishing. She loved cooking for her family and trying new and different recipes.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Mary is survived by her husband, Richard of North Platte; sons, James Barta of Broken Bow, Thomas Barta of Nenzel, and Edward Andersen of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Alice (Rollin) Tobey of Kearney, Darlene Barrera of Long Beach, Calif., Dianna (Kenneth) Berns of Broken Bow, Dorothy (Mike) Andersen of Junction City, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Donna Andersen of North Platte; grandchildren, Zachary (SallyJo) Barta of Cody, Cora and Dillon Barta of Nenzel, James and Jordan (Shantel) Barta of Broken Bow, Lizbeth (Gabriel), Brittney and Nathan all of Huntington Beach, Calif., Jacob Berns of Broken Bow, Kayla Berns (Brian) of Hastings, Joshua and Andrew Andersen of Junction City, Kan., Leah and John Edward Andersen of San Antonio, Texas; great- grandchildren, Gavin, Jozelyn, Korbon, Navia, Brylee, Qualeaand Leyton; step-children, Brenda (Mike) Veith of North Platte, and Mark (Amy) Gillming of Goodland, Kan.; five step-grandchildren and five step-great- grandchildren.
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 26, 2013