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Mary Belle "Sue" (Dougherty) Gilman

February 24, 1925 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 95)

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Mary Belle “Sue” (Dougherty) Gilman, 95 years, 4 months and 14 days, of Gretna, NE passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Hillcrest Silver Ridge Assisted Living in Gretna, NE.  

She was born on February 24, 1925 in Filley, NE to Arthur and Elizabeth (Aldrich) Dougherty.  She graduated from Brock High School in 1942.  She went on to attend Peru State College where she participated in cheerleading and band.  She graduated from Peru State with a Bachelor’s Degree and taught school in the Nebraska City Public Schools for 45 years.  She retired in 1990.

Mary Belle married Jack Clinton Gilman on August 20, 1949 in Coryell Park in Brock, NE.  To their union were born two sons:  Gary Lynn and Rick E.  Her greatest loves were her children and grandchildren.  She also loved all of the children she had the privilege to teach.  One of her fondest memories was when she was presented with an Honorary Letter from the Nebraska City Athletic Booster Club.

Mary is survived by her children:  Gary (Pam) and Rick (Nancy) of Gretna, NE; three grandchildren:  Tim, Tyler and Jay; siblings:  Robert Dougherty of Eugene, OR and Donald (Claudia) Dougherty of Lincoln, NE; other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack C. Gilman in 2004; siblings:  Ruth Clayburn, Fern Johanns, Amber Highfield and Karlene Sherwood.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Clifton Cemetery in Brock, NE.

A Memorial Gathering will take place following graveside services at Table Creek Golf Course in Nebraska City. 

Family Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday (7/14) evening at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City.

Memorials may be given to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the Clifton Cemetery or the donor’s choice.


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July 14, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gude Mortuary
403 S. 9th St.
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Graveside Service
July 15, 2020

2:30 PM
Clifton Cemetery
63206 733 Road
Brock, NE 68320

Memorial Gathering
July 15, 2020

4:00 PM
Table Creek Golf Course
5633 I Road
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410

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