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Mardelle LaMae (Nelson) Cates, 87, of Omaha NE, Formerly of Lyons NE


Mardelle LaMae (Nelson) Cates , age 87, of Omaha formerly of Lyons, Nebraska passed away May 16, 2018 at Elk Ridge Village in Omaha.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Lyons with burial in the Lyons Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday 1-3 p.m. with family receiving friends and Prayer Service at 3 p.m. all at Pelan Funeral Services Lyons.  Memorials to the family for later designation.  Pelan Funeral Services in Lyons in charge of arrangements.

Mardelle LaMae (Nelson) Cates was born to J. Peter and Ethel (Johnson) Nelson on May 21, 1930 in Oakland, Nebraska. She passed away on May 16, 2018 at Elk Ridge Village in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 87.

Mardelle grew up on a farm west of Lyons, Nebraska. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1947. On January 1, 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, R. Harlan Cates. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Mardelle grew up on a farm west of Lyons, Nebraska. She graduated from Lyons High School in 1947. On January 1, 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, R. Harlan Cates. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Harlan and Mardelle farmed several years before moving to Lyons with their children Sandi and Randy. Mardelle was very active in the First Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday and Bible School, serving as a Deacon and belonging to the Mariners group. She also served as a leader in 4-H and Cub Scouts, was a part of Job’s Daughter Council and was an Eastern Star Worthy Matron.

Harlan and Mardelle were very active in the Lyons community, owning Swine Service Specialists, helping start Logan Valley Manor and supporting kids and grandkids as Lyons Lions and Lyons-Decatur Cougars. In later years, Mardelle enjoyed her time with friends and said her granddaughters were her pride and her great grandchildren were her joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Harlan.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandi (Doug) Anderson; son, Randy (Pam) Cates; four granddaughters, Kristin (Chuck) Lewis, Jennifer (Duane) Bartelt, Stephanie Cates, Sarah (Ryan) Kriss; sister, Darlene (Don) Wiese; great grandchildren, Ryan, Spencer, Grant and Chase Lewis, Carson and Ava Bartelt; many nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

Mardelle Cates

 

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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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