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LINCOLN - Lorabelle M. Yocum, 87, of Lincoln, formerly of Grand Island, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Lincoln Manor in Lincoln.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Curran Funeral Chapel in Grand Islaned. The Rev. Sheri Lodel will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Yocum was born May 1, 1922, in Grand Island to John C. and Neva R. (Wagner) Seymour.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Yocum, on Dec. 11, 1996.

Survivors of the immediate family include two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and Donn Eley of Morrison, Colo., and Joyce Smith of Lincoln; a brother and three sisters-in-law, Jerry and Carol Seymour of Grand Island, Helen Seymour of Lincoln and Nadean Seymour of Grand Island.

Additional survivors include grandchildren and spouses, Rob and Jackie Smith, Shane and Becky Smith, Chris and DeAnn Noyes; seven great-grandchildren, Morgan and Nolan Smith, Spencer and Nicole Smith, Kendall, Kate and Samantha Noyes.

Lorabelle grew up in Grand Island, graduating from Grand Island Senior High in 1940. She married Willard Koller on June 7, 1943. To this marriage two daughters were born, Linda Kay and Joyce Ann. She married Bert Yocum in June of 1956. They lived in Grand Island and she worked for Claytons Drug Store and Bercks Pharmacy, and later in life for Fonner Park and as a demonstrator at Super Saver. Mr. Yocum died in December 1996. She moved to West Point, where she lived for six years before moving to the Lincoln Manor.

She enjoyed playing bingo and her grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren.

She was a lifetime member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary, where she was past state president; Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Cooties and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Besides her husband, Bert Yocum, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Brent Eley, two brothers, Bill and John Seymour, and a son-in-law, Robert Smith.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

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