KEARNEY — Bette Jo O’Meara, 59, of Kearney died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Kearney Regional Medical Center.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney. Father Joe Hannappel will officiate and burial will be at a later date
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney and one hour prior to services Wednesday morning at the church. Memorials are suggested to Live On Nebraska and Second Wind Lung Transplant Association.
Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.
Bette was born Feb. 17, 1959, in Loup City, to Alvie L. and Marjorie A. (Evans) Lovitt.
Bette was raised on a farm near Mason City where her family raised Registered Angus cattle. She was involved in the operation, working daily with the herd. She was a member of the Hopewell Livestock 4-H Club in which she was an award-winning showman and seamstress. She played softball, volleyball and basketball.
She attended school in Mason City and Litchfield and graduated with the class of 1977.
Bette then attended Kearney State College and earned a business administration degree in 1981. She later began a career in insurance which continued until her death.
She married Thomas W. “Bill” O’Meara on July 9, 1983, in Kearney. They operated O’Meara Concrete in addition to her work as an insurance agent. She loved her daughter, Bridget, and enjoyed being part of her active life.
In 2004, Bette received a double lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was diligent about her health and very engaged in assuring her well-being to extend her life with her beloved family.
Despite her extreme determination, her health continued to fail. She was passionate about organ donor programs and was a strong supporter of local and national donor support groups.
With the marriage of her daughter to Zack Volquardsen and the birth of her grandson, Oliver, her world became filled with laughter and love.
In addition to being with her family and friends, her hobbies included flowers, gardening, canning, baking, reading and pets. She especially loved cats and dogs. She had an effusive personality.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Bill O’Meara of Kearney; a daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and Zack Volquardsen of Kearney; a grandson Oliver; and two sisters, Mary (Lovitt) Sohl of Lincoln and Janis Lovitt of Kearney.
Bette was preceded in death by her parents.