Mary Ann Hawkins, 83, of Oakland NE

Mary Ann Hawkins, 83 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Heritage at Legacy in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution


Let’s Leave This World Better Than We Found It

The division in this country is alarming. There is so much hate spewing from people, it is frightening.


I believe social media is the main source of it.

People can be on a laptop, Ipad, cell phone, any tablet for that matter, and just type words that most would never have the nerve to say publicly.

If you aren’t on Facebook, twitter or any of the many other social media sights, you may be unaware, and maybe you are the luckies of people. There are days I scroll through my Facebook and have to keep on scrolling by so many posts. I have a twitter account, but I never use it. Social media can overload a person.

I have a degree in journalism. No, I am not bragging. I am going to make a point. A journalist, a good one anyway, is to report both sides of a story. A journalist is not to report one side, the side they agree with, to the public. They are to report the entire story, both sides, to the public. A good journalist will do so, allowing the public to form their own thoughts and opinions on the story. But, it should be a fact-based story, leaving the reader or those watching the news, to have the knowledge needed to have their opinions. Not the nonsense we see today.

Today, journalists (reporters) air clips of a political event, not sharing the entire video, for people to see. They are also guilty of reporting their own opinions. No, not saying them. Rather, they use their own agenda, their view on the subject, to report a story. I guess they need to go back to Journalism 101.

I rarely watch the news any longer. Facebook keeps me informed, and not always in a good way. So, I do what a real journalist would do. I research. I look at both sides of an issue. I then make my own decision on the matter. I strongly encourage everyone to do the same thing.

To say I am concerned about politics is an understatement. I am well beyond concerned. I am fearful of what the future may hold, not for me, but for many future generations.

I am a grandmother. A very proud grandmother. I would give my life for my grandkids. I believe any grandparent would. But, that is just my belief. I know positively how I feel. We are going to be blessed in June with another grandchild. We are excited beyond words. I am a vocal person because I have a goal, to leave this world a better place than I found it.

I hope more people rather than less have the same goal. We have to work together, come together, pray together, to achieve this goal. I have always prayed. I believe in the power of prayer. I won’t say what I privately pray for. But I will tell you that I have been praying every single night for this country, for the safety of our citizens, for people to come together for the greater good.

Hate never achieves anything. Love is boundless.

God Bless.


Winter Weather Advisory

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO 3 AM CST SATURDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches expected. Locally higher amounts possible. Gusts of 20 to 30 mph will lead to blowing snow and reduced visibility. * WHERE…Portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa. * WHEN…From 9 AM Friday to 3 AM CST Saturday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Hobbies are Good Therapy

In the hectic world we live in, it is nice to have time away from all of the stress. Time to unwind, relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Before I begin my day, I spend time crocheting. I enjoy a cup of coffee, sitting in the love seat recliner with a crochet hook and a skein of yarn, working on whatever project I have chosen. Right now, I am making baby blankets. I just finished one yesterday and began another one today.

One is for our daughter’s best friend Ashley. She is like a second daughter to us. Her and Whitney spent a lot of time together growing up, and they still do. The second one is for our daughter Whitney. It is great that they are expecting babies together! Ashley is due in May. This is her first baby. Whitney is due in June. This is her third baby! I have made the other two baby blankets too!

I love crocheting baby blankets for family and friends. I know how precious a homemade gift is. I have the afghan my Grandma Sundquist crocheted for me for graduation hanging on a quilt rack. It is absolutely beautiful! I cherish it. I feel as though I am following in her footsteps. I wish I would have learned to sew like her!

I believe having a hobby soothes the soul. I find crocheting very calming. I call it therapy. I concentrate on the project at hand, leaving my worries behind.

I have also been experimenting with chalk paint. I painted a couple of mason jars and filled them with flowers. I also have glittered a couple of mason jars and decorated them for Christmas, putting lights inside them. Pinterest is amazing.

Another new venture I have taken on is playing the keyboard/piano I bought recently. I have mentioned this before, crocheting too, but they are passions of mine! I have bought a beginners book and began playing some simple songs. Fortunately, I can read music, so notes are not a problem. It is a challenge to learn the fingering on it though! After all, I played the clarinet, not a piano! But, I love it. I try to make time every day to play and practice! Nothing is achieved without trying!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Keep your eyes on the weather. The end of the weeks sounds ugly. I keep hoping the forecast changes! But, after all, is Nebraska. We can handle it!


Dense Fog Advisory

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CST Tuesday. * VISIBILITIES…A quarter mile or less at times. * TIMING…Through 9am Tuesday morning. * IMPACTS…Areas of low visibility could impact travel. Patchy fog could lead to rapidly changing conditions if driving. Additionally, fog may freeze on elevated surfaces or roads and sidewalks. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. &&

Wind Advisory

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY… The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Tuesday. * WINDS…Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * TIMING…Strongest winds are expected tonight and Tuesday Afternoon. * IMPACTS…Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Crosswinds may impact travelers, especially along Interstate 29. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 to 39 mph are expected for one hour or longer, or winds of 45 to 57 mph for any duration. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. &&

Move on!

When you do all you can, when you have exasperated yourself reaching out to those that are “family” and nothing good comes of it. What do you do???

Move on. People love you or they don’t. They want to be a part of your life, or they don’t. It isn’t hard to figure out. It is, however, so hard to understand.

When you have spent all of your life with your loved ones, enjoying holidays together, laughing and loving, how do you understand complete silence? Simple, you don’t.

Normal people don’t walk away from you. Normal people don’t turn their backs and walk away especially for a silly reason. Not all families have normal members.

Such is my life.

I have learned to adapt. I have moved on, the best I can. It isn’t easy. When you have gone through the loss of a parent, dad, and a nephew, Derek, life is never the same.

I could sing dad’s praises all day and night. He was by far the best dad. I think we all believe our dad’s rock the world. I know I felt that way, and I still do.

That aside, life changes in death. I know I have never been the same. How could I? But, I moved on. Dad would want me to. But now, I am without my mother and my siblings. I have been since July of 2015. I never thought that would happen. How do you turn your back on your sister and your daughter? Apparently, it is pretty easy.

But, as they say, life goes on. I say my prayers. I know how blessed I am. I have a husband, Jeff, that makes my life complete. He is truly the love of my life and I never forget that. We spend every moment we have together. Life is short, as Jeff and I are both aware. He lost his brother, Ken,  in February of 2015 and his nephew Kyle in December of 2011. I also lost a nephew, Derek, in 2006. Jeff and I talk about our lost loved ones, sharing memories of them. It used to make us cry, now we laugh at some of the memories. I laugh especially at all of dad’s sayings. He had so many of them! We laugh and cry at the same time, remembering all of them.

What will the future hold? We often talk about that. Who knows? I don’t worry about it. Life is what it is. I can’t change it. We both live one day at a time. If something were to happen to a family member of mine, I would be there in a shot. No matter how they feel about me, I still love them. I wouldn’t be anywhere else but with them if needed.

So, hold your loved ones near. Say your prayers. Never lose hope. God is always there.

Good night and God Bless.

Enjoy the Beauty of the Season and Surround Yourself with Those Who Really Care

I am sitting in our living room, enjoying all of the Christmas lights. Yes, we still have our Christmas tree up! I don’t take it down until the end of January. The beauty of the season doesn’t need taken down the minute Christmas is over. Beauty should be enjoyed as long as possible.

I get up early every day, enjoy a cup of coffee and look at the Christmas tree. This year, we decorated it with blue lights and silver, blue and white decorations. It is breathtaking. Jeff and I both adore the color blue. I also crochet early in the morning while all is still quiet outside. I have a light that goes around my neck so I can see to crochet and yet don’t have to turn on the lights in the house. I saw this light advertised and wondered if it would really be as good as they said. I checked the reviews and they were all good. I just put it on my neck, like a necklace, but it is open in the front. There is a light on each end that has 3 different light settings. It is amazing! I can also read in bed with it and not bother Jeff!

The Christmas tree isn’t the only Christmas decor I enjoy. I have many snow globes Whitney has bought me for Christmas every year. I didn’t get a new one yet this year, it is running late! I will get it later this month. I am so excited! I saw the picture of it and it’s beautiful!

I also put lights on the fireplace, and have other lighted decorations. I love the lights and sounds of the season! I have many Christmas houses too! Our house is full, and that is fine because it is full of joy and beauty!

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and the New Year! We didn’t get to be with all of our loved ones, but that is life. When people don’t welcome me or even ask how I am, then I don’t want to be with them either. Jeff and I have made our own decisions and know that being with those who really want to be with us are the only people we want around. That isn’t hard to figure out.

Enjoy the beautiful January weather we are having. What a blessing it is!

God Bless all of you. May God surround you with those that truly love and care about you!


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