Marlene Jorgensen daughter of Cecil and Pauline Harkins passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Nita and Ken Jones in Omaha, NE on January 29, 2015.
She was born October 5, 1931 in Jewell County, Kansas. Marlene graduated from Superior High School in 1949. After graduating she was employed by the Superior Express.
On January 14, 1951 she was united in marriage to Holger Daniel (H.D.) Jorgensen at the United Methodist Church in Superior. Shortly after their wedding they moved to St. Louis, MO. H.D. served a tour in Korea and Marlene moved back to Superior awaiting the arrival of twin girls, Nita and Nina, born October 12, 1952. After H.D.’s tour in Korea, they moved to Gothenburg, NE where a son, Jerry, was born Feb. 19, 1955. They moved to Brule, NE and then settled in Ogallala, NE.
Marlene’s favorite pastimes included going to garage sales and auctions seeking that special “treasure”. She also enjoyed embroidery needlework, loved working in her flower garden and watching the birds and butterflies that visited her garden.
Marlene worked at Goodall Electric in Ogallala for almost 20yrs, then at Keith County Courthouse where she retired after 25yrs with the Assessors office. She also worked part-time for Hallmark cards in 2 stores in Ogallala retiring from that job after 30yrs.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ogallala Nebraska for close to 60 years.
Marlene is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Pauline Harkins, her husband H.D. and her brother-in-law Marlin Shaw.
She is survived by her daughters, Nita (Ken) Jones of Omaha; Nina Jorgensen of Ogallala; son, Jerry (Sheila) Jorgensen of North Platte; 9 grandchildren, Tami (Matt) (Jones) Hemmelgarn of Omaha,
Kendra (Nick Spath) Jones of Omaha, Hamilton Jones of Omaha
Danessa (Ernie) (Jones) Hemmer of Omaha, Dani Jorgensen of Sutherland
Jay (Heidi) Jones of North Platte, Zach Jorgensen of North Platte,
Jered (Megan) Jorgensen of North Platte, Ellie (Jason) (Jorgensen) Miller of Kearney. 16 great grandchildren, Celeste and Mason Hemmelgarn plus 1 due in April, Emma and Kennedy Marlene Spath, Madison and Ethan Jones, Emirson and Lilli Hemmer, plus 1 due in May, Kati, Sean and Nate Richter, Jayden, Abbie and Allie Jones, Greta Jorgensen and Ogden Miller. Sister, Avis Shaw of Superior, NE. A niece, Stephanie (Todd) (Shaw) Gates, great niece, Arie of Novi, MI and a nephew, Tim Shaw of Gretna. Marlene is also survived by many cousins, friends and extended family.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will also be streamed live for those unable to attend.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at United Methodist Church with Reverend Chuck Rager officiating. An additional service and burial arrangements will be held in Superior, NE and are pending at this time.
Visitation will be on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Prairie Hills Funeral Home.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.