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Mary Lou Abramson, 87 - December 20, 2016

Mary Lou Abramson, 87, of Holdrege passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at Holdrege Memorial Homes.
Services were conducted on Friday, Dec. 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege with the Rev. Nora Mendyk officiating. Interment was at the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.
Abramson was born Dec. 24, 1928, at Alma, the only child born to Bruce R. and M. Irene (Johnston) Bocock. She lived in Alma until the family moved to Holdrege when she was three years old. She grew up as the center of a large, extended family and as a young girl she had four great-grandfathers.
She received her education from Holdrege Public Schools, graduating from Holdrege High School with the Class of 1947. After graduation she served as the class treasurer and helped organize the class reunions until her health failed.
On Sept. 26, 1948, she was united in marriage to Evald E. Abramson at the Methodist Church in Holdrege. To this union, three children were born. The couple were married 63 years until his death in 2012.
Abramson was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, stated the family. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in their school and sporting activities, band and piano concerts and dance recitals. Every summer weekend was spent at the family cabin at Johnson Lake, where she served on the Johnson Lake Development Board and served as a longtime officer of the Mallard Beach area 5 & 6. She also devoted numerous years to the Chapel of the Lake and served as their treasurer.
She operated a ceramic business in the basement of the family home for several years. Her painting was meticulous, according to family members, and her legacy will always be the beautiful ceramic pieces she has given her family and friends.
Abramson and her husband had purchased the family business, Abramson Appliance & TV from her husband’s father. Together, they owned and operated the store for 26 years, where she was the bookkeeper. Through the business they were able to travel throughout the United States and abroad. In 1991, they continued the family tradition and sold it to their oldest son, Mark. She continued to assist Mark in the business until 2000.
?She and her husband enjoyed their retirement, but they were most happy when their entire family was together, said the family.
?Genealogy and history were her passion. She was actively involved with the Nebraska Prairie Museum at Holdrege, spending countless hours researching the history of every business that occupied the West side of the 300 block of West Avenue, the block where Abramson Appliance still resides. She extensively researched her genealogy and traced her ancestry back to Benjamin Rush, an original signer of the Declaration of Independence. She was also a 12th generation descendent of William White who was a passenger on the Mayflower, and she was a member of the Nebraska Mayflower Society since 2008.
Abramson was also a member of the United Methodist Church for 75 years and a longtime member of the TOPS/KOPS. She loved researching and collecting antiques and going to garage sales and flea markets, the family said. She spent countless hours taking care of her garden and flowers.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Bruce and Irene, her husband, Evald; daughter-in-law, Paula Abramson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gustav Malcolm and Julia M. Abramson; brothers-in-law—Lowell (Doris) Abramson, Maurice (Eaine) Abramson, Ronald (Frances) Abramson, James (Alice) Abramson and Julius Abramson in infancy.
Survivors include: her two sons—Mark Abramson of Holdrege and Tom Abramson of Gothenburg; her daughter, Kay (Bryce) Exstrom of Fremont; six grandchildren:—Beth Abramson (Cindy) of Elkhorn, Rebeka Abramson of Atlanta, Ashley Abramson and Katelyn Marx (Matt), all of Lincoln, Aaron Abramson of Kearney and Alexandra Abramson of Houston, TX; two great-granddaughters—Mia and Edison Abramson of Elkhorn; one great-grandson, Cylas Abramson of Elkhorn; special friend, Sara Chereda of Holdrege; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and the Nebraska Prairie Museum.