Ortha V. Perry, age 94, of Shelby, Nebraska, passed away July 10, 2020 at Brookstone Acres in Columbus, Nebraska.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Dubas Funeral Home in Osceola, followed by a 10:30 graveside service at Shelby Cemetery with Pastor Teri Lucas officiating. Pallbearers will be Adam Perry, Nathan Perry, Matthew Perry, Dan Perry, Tony Wieland and Dan James.
Ortha was born April 12, 1926 to Walter R. and Florence M. (Mentink) Watts in Osceola. She graduated from Shelby High School in 1942. She then attended Creighton in Omaha, graduating in 1947 with a BN Registered Nurse. She served in the Cadet Nurse Corp. She worked at the hospital in Shelby, Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola and did home health.
On July 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Willard 'Kent' Perry in Marysville, Kansas. To this union three children were born. They lived north of Shelby and when Kent semi-retired from farming in 1968 they moved to Shelby. After their retirement, Ortha and her husband Kent wintered in Florida for over 30 years. Later she moved from Shelby to Columbus into Prairie Village, Meridian Gardens and on January 15, 2015 she moved into Brookstone Acres where she resided until her passing.
Her grandchildren were very important to her. She enjoyed square dancing, country music festivals.
Survivors include her children: daughter-in-law Gloria Perry of Grimes, IA and children Angela (Dan) James, Dan Perry, Courtney Perry and fiancé Michael Salazar; Randy (Linda) Perry of Shelby and children Shannon (Tony) Wieland, Adam (Dani) Perry, Erica Perry; and Robin (Colleen) Perry of Shelby and children Nathan (Danae) Perry and Matthew (Kelly) Perry; nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Willard Perry who passed away May 29, 2002; son Rick Perry passed away December 13, 1993; parents Walter and Florence Watts; and brothers: Rex, Ross, Roger and Ronnie Watts.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
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