Johnson Lake Resident: Beth E. DeLara, age 84 (1929-2014)

Beth Ellen DeLara, 84, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died Thursday, January 16th, 2014, at Clark Jeary Retirement Community in Lincoln, Nebraska.

She was born December 29th, 1929, in Bruning, Nebraska, 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, five children were blessed to this marriage; Susan, Diana, Lila, George, and Mike.

The family moved to Lexington, Nebraska, in 1954. She then married George Bigelow in June of 1982, at Johnson Lake, he preceded her in death on February 4th, 1994.

Beth married Jon DeLara on November 26th, 1998, in Twentynine Palms, California. He also preceded her in death on April 6th, 2012.

Beth was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington since 1954. She served on various organizations in the church including her serving circle. Beth loved singing in the choir and enjoyed leading the youth group and teaching Sunday School when her children were young. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary since 1971 and a past Girl Scout leader. She absolutely loved all sports, playing cards, reading, traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beth loved life, loved her family and touched many lives. She had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met and never, ever knew a stranger. Beth enjoyed living at the lake and considered her lake friends like her second family.

She is survived by her children; Susan “Sue” (Matt) Williams of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Diana (Scott) Kline of Sun City West, Arizona, George (Mindy) Wright of Lincoln, Nebraska and Mike Wright of Johnson Lake; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and their families.

Beth was preceded in death, in addition to her husbands, by her daughter, Lila Wright.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 24th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with Reverend Dr. Dyton Owen officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Visitation will be held (today) Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Of Lexington, Lexington Regional Home Health & Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences with the family through:


Featured Businesses