Edwyna E. Rohlfing (née Hembree), of Beatrice passed away on Oct. 5, 2017 in Lincoln at the age of 77. She was born Nov. 18, 1939 at Shamrock, Texas to Pete and Estelle Hembree. She graduated from Shamrock High School in 1958. She married Raymond Rohlfing, her high school sweetheart on July 4, 1958. After living in Weatherford, Okla., Erick, Okla., Borger, Texas, Cactus, Texas and Dumas, Texas, they moved to Beatrice in August of 1966. She and Raymond welcomed four boys to their family (after many attempts to have a girl). Since 1964, she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (Nebraska Torchbearer Beta chapter) and enjoyed spending time with her sorority sisters, helping others and just having fun. Edwyna was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church of Beatrice and was a Sunday and Vacation Bible School teacher. She participated in both women’s and mixed leagues bowling at Henry’s Bowl and Tonka Lanes. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading, sewing and annual family trips to Colorado for skiing. She also enjoyed watching her sons’ sporting events, such as football, baseball, swimming, bowling and track. Her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were the highlights of her life. She was never happier than on Christmas Eve, when all her kids and grandkids were in the house singing and dancing up a storm.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond of Beatrice; children, Randy (Carol Hakes) Rohlfing of Collinsville, Okla., Ron (Sherry Schuster) Rohlfing of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Craig (Sherri Shuster) Rohlfing of Frontenac, Kan. and Scott (Christi Huls) Rohlfing of Ankeny, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Joy) Rohlfing of Owasso, Okla., Travis (Maggie) Rohlfing of Ottawa, Kan., Miranda (Miles) Buchman of Albuquerque, N.M., Morgan Rohlfing of Dublin, Calif., Alyson (Josh) Wick and Evan Rohlfing, all of Fayetteville, Alaska, and Noah, Isabelle and Sophia Rohlfing of Ankeny, Iowa; three great-grandsons, Fletcher Rohlfing of Ottawa, Kan., Connor Buckman of Albuquerque, N.M. and Ryder Rohlfing of Owasso, Okla.; sister, Patsy Hembree of Shamrock, Texas; brother, Jerry Hembree of McLean, Texas; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin “Pete” and Estelle Troxell Hembree; brother, Jackie Dale Hembree; and great-granddaughter, Regan Lee Rohlfing.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at Centenary United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org. A guestbook for signatures will be available at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and at the church for one hour preceding the services on Monday. The family will meet and greet friends and other relatives at the Fox Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of arrangements.