Louise M. Perry Jay, 91, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Father Robert Karnish officiating. Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit http://www.cantrellfh.com to view Louise’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials have been established to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The services for Louise have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.
Louise M. Perry Jay was born in David City, Nebraska on August 30, 1925, the daughter of John and Anna (Schmitt) Schadegg. She moved with her family at the age of three months to Kimball. She attended country schools in Kimball and graduated from the Kimball High School in 1943. Following graduation, Louise apprenticed under Esther Anderson, a local cosmetologist, and later opened her own beauty shop in the back of the old Larsen’s Jewelry store. On April 22, 1946, she was married to Leonard Perry and they sold the beauty shop and farmed ground just west of the Mary Lynch School. In 1949 they moved to a farm five miles north and five miles west of Kimball. In 1958 they purchased that farm where they lived and began farming on their own. They rented land from time to time and in 1968 they purchased the adjoining quarter of land. Louise started selling Avon in 1959 to help provide for the family. Leonard preceded her in death on August 10, 1987. Louise continued to live on the farm and operate it with her sons. She was married to Arnie Jay in Kimball on October 21, 2000. She continued selling Avon until the time of her death. Louise enjoyed cross stich, playing solitaire on the computer, going to Dairy Queen and playing scratch tickets. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband Arnie Jay of Kimball, NE; children John (Patricia) Perry of Kimball, NE ., Jim Perry of Kimball, NE ., Ed (Nyonne) Perry of Van Tassell, WY ., Rick (Ann) Perry of Kimball, NE ., Dan (Judy) Perry of Kimball, NE ., and Donna (Steve) Mahr of Sidney, NE; step-son Henry (Christy) Jay of Scottsbluff, NE; son-in-law Billy Sutton of Hays Ville, KS; sisters Kathleen Busekist of Scottsbluff, NE ., and Marianne (Wayne) Willard of Calhan, CO; 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren and special friend Russell and Brenda Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Leonard, daughter Carol Sutton, twin infant children Billy and Betty and a brother Jack Schadegg.