July 20, 1957-May 20, 2007
LINCOLN -- Jolene Rose (Priest) Heldenbrand, 49, died Sunday (May 20, 2007) after battling cancer.
She was born July 20, 1957, in Columbia, Tenn., to Frank and Marilyn (Rousey) Priest. She grew up in Hamlet, attending Hamlet Grade School and graduating from Wauneta High School in 1976.
She was a baptized member of the Hamlet Union Church
On. Aug. 21, 1976, she married Rick Heldenbrand at the Hamlet Union Church.
They made their home in Wauneta where she was employed at Heritage of Wauneta Rest Home and in the Wauneta School Lunch Program.
She later worked at Crumrine's Flower Shop and earned a diploma in horticulture and flower arranging in Denver, opening Flower Village with her sister, Orla, in Wauneta.
In 1986, the family moved to Regina, Saskatchwan, Canda where her husband attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Seminary. They later moved to Winfield and Maize, Kan., where they helped plant churches in Winfield and Wichita, Kan. She worked at Southwest College Cafeteria, for the grade school satellite lunch program in Winfield, and drove a school bus for the Maize School District.
Returning to Nebraska, she and Rick served as house parents at Johnny Walker's Boys Ranch near Trenton, then moving to Stratton. She earned a dietary manager certificate and worked at the Stratton Senior Center, also opening "PJ's Country Flowers. Relocating to Chappel in 1997, she worked as a dietary manager at Beverly Health Center in Sidney and Scottsbluff, later holding the same position at Memorial Health Care Hospital in Sidney. In 2005, she opened "The Corner Cackle" coffee shop/bakery/deli in Chappel with Ann Mick.
Later in 2005 she and Rick moved to Lincoln due to her health problems to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Eldon Priest; her grandparents, Orla and Helen Rousey; her grandmother, Marie Priest; her step-father, L.E. Walker; and a step-brother, Junior Walker.
Survivors include her husband, Rick; three daughter, Jesse, Elie and Abbie; mother, Marilyn Walker; sister, Orla and husband, Ron Kitt; a brother, Gerald and wife, Cheryl of Fort Morgan, Colo; and two grandsons.
Private family services will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at the Hamlet Union Church in Hamlet.
Memorials are suggested to the Wauneta Medical Clinic.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte is in charge of arrangements.