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Patricia Eberly

Patricia Eberly, age 76, of Aurora, was called to the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Saturday, May 20, 2023, at East Park Villa, Aurora, NE.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery with the family attending at a future date. Memorials made to Pat's family will be used at the Aurora United Methodist Church for projects and repairs. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Patricia Goldie Wilson, the daughter of Glen and Goldie (Vincent) Wilson was born on July 25, 1946 at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska and passed away at Aurora on May 20, 2023 at the age of 76.

In 1957 the family moved from Grand Island to Aurora, Nebraska where Pat graduated from Aurora High School with the Class of 1964. She worked at the First National Bank in Aurora from her senior year of high school until January 1967 when she attended Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska and received a two-year teaching certificate. She taught one year at a country school (Dist. #53) in Doniphan, Nebraska and one year (First Grade) at Stolley Park School in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Pat was united in marriage to George E. Eberly on September 5, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church in Aurora, Nebraska. They began their married life in Red Cloud, Nebraska where she worked at the Peoples Webster County Bank. They moved back to Aurora in November of 1971. In April of 1974 she and her husband bought their first truck and started G & P Trucking. Their company name was changed to G.E. Eberly & Sons when their sons were born. She worked with her husband as bookkeeper of their trucking company. George passed away on September 27, 2015.

She was baptized in April of 1959, confirmed in May of 1959 and became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Aurora. She was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Women, the Sarah Circle, the Dorcas Circle, the Deborah Circle, the UMN Chancel Choir, The Dainty Dozen Extension Club, The Aurora Optimist Club, and a past member of the Aurora Women's Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter, a Cub Scout leader for her sons, past president of the UMW, the Dainty Dozen, the Optimist Club, and the Aurora Woman's Club. She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, a VBS teacher, a children's choir director and on the UMW Courtesy Committee. She worked on the Hamilton County Election Board for over 36 years. In 2016 she became a mentor for the TeamMates program in 2016. She served as a mentor to three students-one from 6th grade to senior year.

Family was most important to her. She loved her children, grandchildren, brother, sisters and other family (many of her friends were like family to her). She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren's activities; doing family history research with her sisters; traveling; crocheting; singing; and working in her flower garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, a brother-in-law, Sanford Wright, sister-in-law, Caryll Wilson, brother-in-law, Ken Roy, brother-in-law, Lloyd Olson, nephew, Damon Wilson and friend, Clancy Cunningham.

Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Joyann Eberly of Sonoma, CA, George (Kim) Eberly of Aurora, NE, and John (Jamie) Eberly of Hastings, NE; six grandchildren, Ingrid Derby, Makayla Eberly, Gavin Eberly, Kyler Eberly, Milana Eberly, and Paxton Eberly. She is also survived by her brother Dwayne Wilson of Lincoln, NE, her four sisters, Joan (Jake) Mowry of Arapahoe, NE, Kay (Lynn) Steinbeck of North Platte, NE, Nancy Roy of Dannebrog, NE, and Peggy Wilson of Grand Island, NE; Montie Derby; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Olson of Beatrice, NE and Nadine (Preston) Williams of Topeka, KS; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

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