Arvilla Kenaston, 81, of Springview NE


Arvilla Kenaston, age 81, of Springview, Nebraska passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Valley View Senior Living Center in Ord, NE.  Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at New Apostolic Church in Ainsworth, NE with pastor Val Fletcher officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family. Stokely Funeral Home in West Point, NE is assisting with arrangements.

Arvilla Joyce Kenaston was born March 27, 1934 in Crawford, NE to Oscar and Alta (Allan) Pratt.  She attended Ainsworth High School and on July 12, 1952, Arvilla married Robert Kenaston in Long Pine, NE.  The couple raised cattle on the family ranch North of Springview for many years. The couple played many dances and shows all over the mid-west with family members and numerous other entertainers including Yankton, SD radio personality, Ben Norman.  Arvilla owned the Corner Café in Springview in the 80’s and 90’s and later worked at Flynn’s Café before her retirement.  As a dobro and lap steel guitar player, she was a member of the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame, promoter and organizer of the Country & Western Fiddler’s Jamboree held annually in Springview, NE for 48 years, was an avid participant in country and bluegrass music festivals, loved to dance and enjoyed playing music with her children and friends.  She loved playing cards with the Springview Card Club, she taught her kids and grandkids how to play and she enjoyed many winning hands.

Arvilla is survived by son Roger (Sharon) Kenaston of Lyons, NE; daughter Vanessa Kenaston of Springview, NE; grandchildren Bobbi Jo Lytle of Ord, NE, Martin (Jennifer) Kenaston of Dakota City, NE, Clifford (Brittany) Heyden of Long Pine, NE and Jesse Heese of Millboro, SD; great grandchildren, Shelbi, Shelden & Stetsen Lytle, Alison & Lindsay LaFleur, Katelynn & Brianna Kenaston; Bailey Devall and Mia Heyden; sister and brother in law Marlene (Robert) Arent of Nampa, ID  and other special family members.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters Allen (Wanda) Pratt, Esther (Stephen) Saxton, Johnny (Myrtle) Pratt, Ruby (Howard) Henderson, Elvin (Stella) Pratt, Donna Rae (Steve) Farmer; and husband, Bob in 2013.

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