Agnes Hempstead, 84

Agnes Marie (Tully) Hempstead, age 84 of Anselmo died May 11, 2014, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services are Friday, May 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Visitation will be Today, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel. A Christian wake service will be today at 7 p.m. with family visitation from 5 - 7 p.m. at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church. Internment will be at Dale Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Anselm’s Catholic Church or Anselmo Fire and Rescue. Agnes was born March 5, 1930, south of Broken Bow to Patrick J. and Catherine “Kate” A. (Sherlock) Tully. She lived in that area until they moved to the Ortello Valley in 1945. She graduated from Merna High School in 1948. Then she attended St. Mary’s College in Omaha for one year, receiving her teaching degree. Agnes taught at the Dale Valley, Ash Creek and Rose Valley schools. Agnes married Vaughn C. Hempstead Nov. 29, 1952. To this union were born nine children: Vicky, Pat, Bob, Joe, Tammy, Jackie, Danny, Tom and Paul. Six weeks after their marriage, they moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon Vaughn’s discharge from the service, they moved home to live on his grandparent’s farm. They also lived outside Anselmo on the Eisnphar ground and later purchased the Bell place and raised their family there. During this time they farmed, milked cows and she worked at Anselmo Merna Public School as a cook and as everyone’s “favorite” bus driver. She moved to town in 1984. After her retirement, she spent many hours enjoying bowling, playing darts, moving, planting flowers, talking on the phone, taking pictures, hosting activities with family and friends and spending time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She belonged to the VFW, Catholic Daughters/St. Anselm’s Catholic Church, and was the last charger member of the Does organization. She logged many hours organizing the grade school track meet and the Big Sky celebration. Survivors include daughter, Jackie Hempstead of Kearney: sons, Pat Hempstead of Loveland, Co., Bob (Jayne) Hempstead of Cantwell, Alaska, Joe Hempstead of Yuma, Co., Danny (Cindy) Hempstead of Anselmo, Tom (Tammy) Hempstead of Columbus, Paul Hempstead of Grand Island; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Jerry Hickenbottom of Riverdale; sister-in-law, Mayde Hempstead of Security, Co.; and stepsister-in-law, Helen Reynolds of Merna. Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vaughn, and daughters Vicky Hickenbottom and Tammy Hempstead; granddaughter, Jessica Roepke; and sisters, Mary (Jim), Katherine (Jack), and Anna(James); brothers, Don, James “Jim” (Betty) and Patrick “Joe” (Frances). Agnes will be greatly missed by many, many close friends and extended family!