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Leanora Scripp

Leanora, "Lee" Scripp, age 91, of Sidney, passed away in Sidney, NE on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. Cremation has been held and there will be no memorial services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to K9s for Warriors at POB 1864 Merrifield, VA 22116-1864, Hospice of the Plains and Living Memorial Gardens.

You may view Lee's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Lee's care and funeral arrangements.

Leanora "Lee" (Lamoreaux) Scripp was born July 15, 1931 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and left this earthly plain on June 6, 2023. During the time she was given, she made the most of her life. She came from very humble beginnings, and even though it was the start of the Great Depression and then WWII, she believed that life would offer better things for her and vowed to herself that she would not settle for the tough circumstances which was then surrounding her; that there was a better place ahead. Thus, she strived to became an excellent student and a member of the National Honor Society, graduating in 1949 or as her class called themselves, the "49ers".

It was after that that she met the man for whom her life would revolve around for the next 34 years, Gregory Scripp, who also came from an impoverished upbringing. The couple married in 1953 shortly before he left for basic training and his stint during the Korean Conflict. To this union was born their first child, Patricia in 1954.

Upon his return from the war, Greg used his GI Bill to attend night classes at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut while working a factory job at Raybestos. In 1957, the couple gave birth to their second child, Gregory G. Scripp.

Lee was a full-time mother and caretaker during those years that saw her husband burning the candle at both ends to improve their lot in life. After eight long years, the entire family watched with pride as Greg graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962.

Throughout the ensuing years, Lee became a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and joined the local PTA at the children's elementary school. In those years, carpooling was a necessity as most families had only one vehicle. This saved on money and provided the car-pool wives their car for three of the four weeks to grocery shop and run errands. It was also during the early 1960's that Lee and Greg began their lifelong love for the card game Bridge, eventuating in earning Master Points. Anyone who knew Lee, knew she was an avid card player.

As Greg rose through the ranks at Raybestos, the family eventually moved from Connecticut to Indiana in 1968. After the move to Indiana, Lee continued to be involved along with her husband in the United Way Fund drives and supporting her husband Greg in any way possible. Always a frugal shopper, she was intent on saving enough money to help their children pay for college. She would sacrifice her own desires by putting the family first and would need to be coaxed into what she would consider a luxury. Adding to her desire to help in saving for the kid's college, she took up a part time job as a clerk and bookkeeper at a local business.

Once their children completed college, Greg took on another opportunity to become a financial advisor in 1980 and that is when they moved to Sterling, Colorado. It was here that Lee put down roots for the next 41 years. And it was here in 1987 that Greg passed away suddenly and Lee would carry on independently. Not one to stay at home, Lee volunteered in the Sterling Hospital's gift shop for decades and also as a greeter at the Cancer Center. She continued to play bridge and went daily to Curves for Women, attending over 3000 hours until it closed, then continuing at the Sterling Community Center. She was also an avid reader averaging a book about every week.

Lee enjoyed cruising with her children and grandchildren taking them on trips to the Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii. She would usually visit her daughter's family in Michigan several times a year and often came to Sidney to be with her son's family.

While it is not well known, Lee was a philanthropist and often gave anonymous large donations to local people in need as well to local and national charities gifting tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

When COVID began, Lee moved to Sidney to be closer to her son and met many wonderful folks at the community center stretch class as well as the bridge players there on Thursday. She was convinced to learn a new game to her, Pitch and quickly mastered it. She truly looked forward to going to the center Tuesday-Thursday to play cards with the gang. Sadly, within nine months of moving to Sidney, health issues began to complicate her life, but she always had a positive attitude that she would "get this behind" her and move on - and she did many times until she was diagnosed with large cell carcinoma in April of 2023. She was fond of saying that there was always the next hand when dealing with her various health issues, but conceded that cancer would be the final hand.

Lee is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kiewicz and husband, George and granddaughter Emily, son Greg Scripp and wife Kathy and children Nicholas and Jasmine and sister-in-law, Sonja Lamoreaux. She was preceded in death by her husband, Greg and brothers Kenneth Lamoreaux, John Lamoreaux and wife, Christa Lamoreaux.


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