Doris Marie (Best) Greder, of North Platte, went to be with her Lord with her family at her side, on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the age of 80.
Doris was born to Dorothy (Bush) and Lyle L. Best of Stapleton, on Oct. 27, 1938, in North Platte. The family lived in Broken Bow until they moved to Wood Lake when Doris was 4 years old. The Best kids, Doris, Louise (her sister and best friend) and brother, Jim, attended a one-room country school. During her early school years, Doris rode her black and white horse, Spot, to school. She attended Ainsworth High School where she participated in FHA and graduated in 1957. Doris also served as Job’s Daughters Honored Queen.
After graduating, Doris lived and worked in Valentine until 1959 when she moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska. It wasn’t until the early 1990s when Doris earned her college degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She worked as librarian at Buffalo School and was employed by the American Heart Association and the Nebraska Children’s Home for 20 years.
On June 21, 1959, Doris married Gary Arthur Greder at Wood Lake. They continued to live in Lincoln until Gary graduated from college. Then they moved to Halsey for a short time before moving to North Platte in May 1964 when Gary accepted a job with Nebraska School Lands. Doris and Gary welcomed three children, Gregory, Paige and Grant, and were married for nearly 57 years when he died in 2016.
Doris and Gary were active members of the First United Methodist Church since 1964. She participated in many Bible study groups and was part of the Lunch Bunch. Doris belonged to the United Methodist Women for 55 years and held local, district and state offices over the years. She also attended five national UMW conventions, each in a different state.
Doris loved her family and enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years and was a 4-H leader for 25 years. She also liked to solve crossword puzzles, attend family reunions and travel. She and Gary traveled to most states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and even visited the Holy Land.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; brothers-in-law, Carl Knoedler and Gail Greder.
Doris is survived by her children, Greg (Tezra) Greder, of Lincoln, Paige (Brian) Maassen, of Hershey, and Grant (Sarah) Greder, of Lincoln; seven grandchildren, Jordan (Megan) Maassen, of North Platte, Amber (Kyle) Krula, of Rogers, Landan Maassen, of Park City, Utah, Trevallion and Gianna Greder, of Denton and Nash and Ryder Greder, of Lincoln; three great-grandchildren, Teagan, Carlan and Houstan Maassen; sister, Louise Knoedler, of Camarillo, California; brother, Jim Best, of Lakewood, Colorado; sisters-in-law, Karen (Brent) Johnson, of Johnstown and Sharon (Jay) Stombaugh, of Lexington; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are to Lincoln County 4-H or First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.