Mary Jane Robertson

Mary Jane Robertson, 78, of Beatrice, died at Bryan East Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. She was born May 12, 1935 at the family home at Stella and graduated from Falls City High School in 1952.  

She married Jesse L. Robertson on July 20, 1952 at Nebraska City. They lived in Falls City where she worked for SE NE Telephone Co. for two years. They moved to Beatrice in 1961 and she was an in home daycare provider and also worked at Dee’s Day Care until her retirement.  

She is a former member of the Holmesville Church of the Brethren and a member of Beatrice Mennonite Church of Beatrice. She was a member of Eagles Auxiliary #531 of Beatrice. She is a former Cub Scout leader and Den Mother and was a proud grandparent of four Eagle Scouts.   

Survivors include sons, Tom (Cathy) Robertson, of Lincoln, Tim (Julie) Robertson, of Shenandoah, IA, and Steve (Teresa) Robertson, of Beatrice; grandchildren, Scott (Ashley) Robertson, Matt Robertson, Stacie Robertson, Aaron (Tiffany) Robertson, Kyle Robertson and Michelle Robertson; great-granddaughter, Lily Ruth Robertson; brother, Larry (Sherry) Bright Ludwig, of Yucaipa, CA; step-sister, Donna Kirkendall, of Falls City; two brothers-in-law, Dean Kirkendall, of Falls City, and Jim Meinheit, of East China, MI; sister-in-law, Dolly Garland, of Bakersfield, CA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Bright;  mother and step-father, Donna Davis Bright Reschke and August (Lud) Reschke; her husband, Jesse, who died May 5, 2006; sisters, Dessie Eileen Bressler, Betty Lou McConnell, Annabelle Lincoln, Phyllis Koda and Patty Kirkendall; one brother, Lloyd Bright, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at the Beatrice Mennonite Church, with Pastor Bob Beecher officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A family prayer service will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the church on Wednesday.  

A memorial has been established to the Beatrice Mennonite Church. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice until 9 p.m. Tuesday and at the church one hour preceding the services Wednesday.  

The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at

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