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Delores “Dee” Townsend – Metz Mortuary

    Delores “Dee” Townsend
    Delores (Dee) Townsend, age 94, of York, Nebraska passed away peacefully Sunday, November 20, 2022, at the York General Hearthstone.  Dee was born October 18, 1928, to Ben and Edna (Hust) Schwab in Sutton, Nebraska.  She graduated from Sutton High School in 1945 and then attended Kearney State College.  After attending college, she moved to York, Nebraska.  On January 3, 1948, Dee was united in marriage to Loren Townsend.  To this union were born a daughter, Barbara, and sons, Robert (Bobby) and Steven.
    Dee retired from the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in 1991 after twenty plus years of service.  She then worked part-time at Hamilton Sundstrand for thirteen years as a security guard.  She was a member of York Drove Does #7 and served as an officer for five years.  She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Dee enjoyed bowling, golf, and tennis.  Most of all, she loved to dance and listen to music. 
    She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Townsend of Lincoln, and son, Steven Townsend of Vietnam.  Also left to cherish her memory are two grandchildren, Jason (Christy) Light and Jennifer Light of Lincoln, and one great granddaughter, Autumn Light of Lincoln; as well as a nephew and three nieces.
    She was preceded in death by son, Robert (Bobby) Townsend; father of her children, Loren Townsend; parents, Ben and Edna Schwab; and sisters, Mary Urbach and LaVon Rasmussen.  

    Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in York.  Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.  

    When I come to the end of my journey
    And I travel my last weary mile
    Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
    And remember only the smile
    Forget unkind words I have spoken
    Remember some good I have done
    Forget that I ever had heartache
    And remember I’ve had loads of fun
    Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
    And sometimes fell by the way
    Remember I have fought some hard battles
    And won, ere the close of the day 
    Then forget to grieve for my going
    I would not have you sad for a day
    But in summer just gather some flowers
    And remember the place where I lay
    And come in the shade of evening
    When the sun paints the sky in the west
    Stand for a few moments beside me
    And remember only my best
    -Lyman Hancock

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