Mary Bell Lemrick, 93, of Shenandoah, formerly of Percival, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah following a brief illness.


Mary Bell Lemrick, 93, of Shenandoah, formerly of Percival, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah following a brief illness. She was born Oct. 2, 1915 in Hamburg to Carl Driever and Eva Mae (Monroe) Driever. 

She was raised near Percival and graduated in 1933 from Percival High School. On Feb. 25, 1936 she married Arthur W. Lemrick in Parnell, Mo.  Art and Mary Bell moved to a farm near Tabor where they farmed and kept a few head of cattle.  In 1945 they moved to the farm on the Percival bottom where they farmed and raised their family.

In their younger years, Mary Bell and Art loved to dance and went to barn dances, street dances and any other they could.  For a while, Mary Bell played piano in a small band in and around Percival.  She would bake a cake and decorate it for the door prize to be given at the dance.

In 1962, Mary Bell went to beauty school and became a licensed beautician.  She then purchased the Nebraska City Beauty School and taught cosmetology for 17 years until the school closed in 1980.  She retired at that time and took up her love of quilting.  She made many beautiful quilts by hand, giving one to each of her children and to several of her grandchildren.

Mary Bell was an avid bowler and traveled to many cities to take part in bowling tournaments.  Mary Bell and Art spent a great deal of time traveling having visited many of the states in the U.S. and traveling through Canada.

Mary Bell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur Lemrick; infant daughter, Mary Lou Lemrick; sister, Bess Cook; and four brothers, William, Ray, Carl and Merle Driever.  She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Wehling of Shenandoah and Terri Bell and husband Steve of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sons, E.H. Lemrick and wife Sue of Thurman, Charles Lemrick and wife Amy of Percival, and Tim Lemrick and wife Janet of Sidney; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Driever of Nebraska City; numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Hamburg. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hamburg, or Church Women’s Alter Society.