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02/14/2020 - Dorothy Kearns

A Celebration of Life for 100-year old Dorothy Kearns will be Friday, Feb 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville, NE.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

A vigil service will be held Thursday, Feb 13, at 6:30 PM, also at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

A memorial has been established for the church and donations may be sent in care of the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

Online condolences may be left at chamberlainchapel.com.

Dorothy Eleanor Kearns was born August 18, 1919 and was lovingly welcomed into the home of Effie and Edward Kearns Sr.  She passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the age of 100 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs, NE, where she resided for the past 13 years.

She was raised with older brother Johnny and younger brother Edward Jr. on a ranch located near the Niobrara River south of Rushville. Dorothy and her two brothers worked hard on the ranch caring for their cattle, chickens, and hogs.

They also helped with stacking hay using teams of horses.  Dorothy and her brothers rode their Shetland ponies to school. Their parents told them not to run those little ponies. But guess what - they waited until they were over the hill and out of their father's sight and raced them all the rest of the way!  

She graduated from Rushville High School in 1937. Dorothy worked at J.C. Penney's and Levy Jones, but spent much of her life caring for others. Her parents eventually moved to town, leaving their sons to care for their ranch holdings.

Dorothy never married, but cared for her parents until the ends of their long lives. Her mother lived to the age of 87 and her father was nearly 101 when he died.

Dorothy went to lots of dances and always had a great time with all her cousins and family. Her parents were avid dancers and her father always said that everyone should learn to dance. One of Dorothy's favorite old dance songs was the Tennessee Waltz.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John Kearns and his wife Mary, Edward Kearns Jr., nephews Mike and Pat Kearns, and great-nephew Stephen Kearns.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Marguerite Kearns, her nephews and nieces, Joan Kearns Hollibaugh of Denver, Colo, Doris Kearns Carlson of Scotia, NY, Jim Kearns (Lois) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Betty Maberry (Don) of Rushville, NE, Karen
Rhoades (Ralph) of Lincoln, NE, Tom Kearns (Deb) of Rushville, NE, Carol Kearns of Oceanside, OR, Peter Kearns of Hot Springs, SD, Ruth Kearns Ziegler of Friend, NE, Corrine Kearns Emery (Randy) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sharon Kearns of Deadwood, SD.

She was also aunt to 37 great-nieces and nephews, 56 great-great-nieces and nephews, and 34 great-great-great-nieces and nephews!  And you better believe she knew each and every one of them.

Dorothy also had many people she loved and who loved her and treated her like family. Dorothy's faith in God and support of family and many friends made her life a good one.

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