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Carolyn Withee – Metz Mortuary

    Carolyn Withee
    Carolyn (Bessey) Withee passed away after a brief illness on December 8th, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Carolyn was born in Omaha, NE, September 25th, 1939, to Charles and Christine Bessey. She graduated from North High School in 1956 and from Wayne State Teachers’ College in 1960, where she met the love of her life and dance partner, Kenneth Withee. In 1959 she and Kenneth were married. Carolyn was an educator in Plainview, Broken Bow and York, NE where she taught for nearly 30 years. Carolyn was very active in church activities, especially women’s groups, Bible studies, and choir. Her other interests were the Kilgore Memorial Library, having served 10 years on the Board, and Friends of the Library.
    Carolyn touched the lives of many people. She was a compassionate, caring, friend to everyone she met. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She took on all challenges she faced with a positive, fierce force. She was a 20+ year cancer survivor; you couldn’t keep her down!
    Her dreams of traveling the world were cut short too soon. She and Kenneth traveled to Europe, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska and their favorite, New Zealand, and also cruised the oceans several times.
    Carolyn is survived by her husband of  62 years, Kenneth Withee, two daughters and their spouses – Jane and Jim Florea of Divide, CO, and Ann and Brad Schake of Los Alamos, NM; grandchildren Josh and wife Jennifer Florea, Jenna and husband Jordan Bruce; Morgan Schake, Hayley and husband Adam Willman, and Sydney Schake; great-granddaughters Jaylene Carol Florea and Jade Mayre Bruce; sister Cheri and husband Mike Bundren of Worland, WY; brother-in-law Ed Novak of Omaha, and sister-in-law Jan Monahan, of South Sioux City, NE. Carolyn also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Christina, and her sister, Patricia Novak.
    A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, December 17, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in York with the Reverend Trudy Hanke officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Carolyn has been cremated so there will be no viewing or visitation. However, her family will greet friends from 6-7:30 pm Thursday evening at the mortuary in York. In lieu of flowers or plants memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the First United Methodist Church in York or to the donor’s favorite charity. ​

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