Edith (Lyght) Rich, 95 of Lyons, NE


Edith Nancy Rich was born September 25, 1918 to Charles Edward and Jessie (Blue) Lyght on a farm near Decatur, Nebraska. She passed away March 29, 2014, at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, Nebraska, at the age of 95 years.

She graduated from Decatur High School, valedictorian of her class in 1935. She took a business course from Commercial Extension of Omaha, Nebraska, and later received two diplomas from the International Bible Institute of St. Louis, Missouri.

Edith married Elmer Rich in December of 1939, and became a farmer’s wife. God blessed this union with five children: Mina, Margaret, Shirley, and twins Lorena and LeRoy.

Edith (Lyght) Rich

Edith (Lyght) Rich

They left farming and moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska, then to Lyons because of the Missouri River flood of 1952. The family grew up in Lyons and they were active in the Assembly of God Church.

Edith worked in the food industry and army ammunition plant during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. She was a hard worker and thought a job worth doing was a job worth doing well.

The greatest thing about our mother was her relationship with God and her love for other people. She excelled as a mother, leaning on the Lord, her maker, for direction throughout life’s trials. She loved music and enjoyed singing and playing old hymns. One favorite was “I’ll Meet You in the Morning”.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest daughter, Mina Farber; three sisters, Eva Davis, Doris Martin and Lillian Lyght; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include her four children, Margaret (Loyd) Orr of Bellevue, NE, Shirley Jacobsen of Clever, MO, Lorena Halte of Griffin, GA, LeRoy (Sue) Rich of Bonner Springs, KS; 10 grandchildren, Denise, Mike, Debbie, Lonnie, David, John, Shane, Brandon, Mindy and Mary; great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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