Lillian F. Hesemann
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Lillian F. Hesemann
  • November 22, 1927 - December 19, 2017
  • Omaha, Nebraska

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Bovee-Hesseman, Lillian F. November 22, 1927-December 19, 2017. Passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Harry and Hazel Phipps. Husband Carroll Bovee and husband Bernard Hesemann. Daughter SuElla Maudlin. Brother Don Phipps, sister-in-law Mardell Phipps and brother-in-law Alvin Hohndorf.

Survived by son Dana Bovee, daughter-in-law Sukchan Bovee, son Sterling Bovee and daughter-in-law Janine Bovee, son Jim Bovee and daughter-in-law Susan Bovee, and daughter Melody Mays. Sister Dorothae Hohndorf, brother Norman Phipps and sister-in-law Sharon Phipps, and brother LeRoy Phipps. Lillian is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.


We remember,

That you can make Christmas magical with no money, gingerbread homes, homemade candles, decorations and treats galore.
Christmas was more than anything you could buy from a store.
Waxing a tile floor was fun, and cleaning the house was a "pick up parade" everyone wanted to be a part of. Dogs, cats, birds, and strays of any kind (especially human ones) were welcome.

We remember,

That dandelions and pretty rocks and pictures of family were treasures you adorned your home with.
Extra people at the dinner table was the usual, even if they were "unusual" guests.
Canning was serious business.
Gardens could not be too big.

We remember,

That if her children wore patches, at least "they were clean" patches!
If a batch of fudge was "accidentally ruined" and turned out gooey, that the only to eat it was with popcorn on a Saturday night
You couldn't tell a neighborhood kid from one of her own.
That each of her children believed they were her favorite. I actually was her favorite.

We remember,

That once you were a part of her family, you were always a part of her family.
A kind and gentle soul during the best and worst times.
And we understood clearly that "because I said so" was the end of a conversation.
Quilts were filled with love in every stitch.

We remember,

Parents did the parenting of her grandchildren, she just loved them unconditionally.
That everyone was to be treated like a person God loved.
Friends were lifelong friends.
Being an ornery, muddy, messy grandchild was expected, and we suspect, encouraged at times.

We remember,

That you should take a picture of everything, and save every picture you ever took; slides are an essential to life!
Music is beautiful.
Reading and words unlock knowledge, curiosity, adventure and creativity.
That the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries should only be read at night, and one chapter at a time.

We remember,

You can't have enough grandchildren to make a trailer too small to hold them all.
When you raise three boys that all glass in your home will be broken sooner or later.
That when we heard " save the pieces" we knew we would be gluing something back together.
Every lesson is an opportunity for learning and not for judging.

We remember,

The best place to be was outside, "God never put a tree or a mountain in your living room."
You always take turns and you always share,
Nothing is unforgivable,
That being forgiven isn't the same as not being held accountable.

We remember,

That it is possible: To be a quilter, photographer, ceramics artist, an acrylic painter, wall paper hanger, cook, canner, gardener, Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, a PTA mom, scout leader, church builder, scrapbooker before there was such a thing, teacher, a person who can survive without a tv, sock darner, writer, prayer warrior, a person who was always busy but always had time for everyone, scrabble player, sewing expert, to sleep in a tent until age 65, avid reader, storyteller, friend, wife, aunt, sister, grandmother, and mother - and so much more - all in one lifetime.

We remember,

That life is a gift from God that is to be appreciated.
The very best part of life is serving others.
Within every joy and crisis to keep God foremost in all things.
That loving life, and being satisfied with the end of ones life, is the greatest truth of all.