Funeral services for Kay McManigal, age 58, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Faith Hope and Love Fellowship Church in Creighton. Pastor Janice Nelson will officiate, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Verdigre, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Kay died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at her home in Creighton.
Kay Jean (Gier) McManigal, daughter of Dean and Betty (Schwartz) Gier, was born on April 1, 1960, in Yankton, South Dakota. She grew up in Bloomfield, Nebraska with her parents and three siblings, Bill, Mary, and Robert. She attended school in Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1978. After Kay graduated high school, she attended college at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then attended and graduated from the nursing program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.
She married Thomas McManigal on November 17, 1979, in Bloomfield. Tom and Kay had five beautiful children, Andrea, Melissa, Brett, Adam, and Kylee. After marriage, Kay and Tom lived in Center, Nebraska for two and a half years before they purchased a farm northwest of Center. Kay enjoyed helping out on the farm by milking cows and doing other chores.
Kay was a dedicated and loving nurse for 20 years. In 2016, she hurt her back while on the job and no longer could work. She moved out of her home in Verdigre, Nebraska to Creighton, Nebraska shortly after, this is where she spent the last couple years with her daughter Kylee.
Kay was a very kind, caring, passionate and loving woman. She spent her whole life taking care of others. From her family to her job, she always went beyond what was expected of her. Her love for Jesus Christ is indescribable. She spent her life spreading the word of the Lord, reading the bible and writing to him in countless notebooks. Kay enjoyed attending bible studies with her close friend, Lois Kreycik and sharing her faith with the Faith Hope and Love Church.
Kay had a wonderful love for flowers. She would surround her house with flowers every spring. She took pride in her very clean, neat home. Decorations and pictures were always displayed throughout the home. One of her hobbies included coloring. She would spend hours in bed coloring one page and drying out dozens of markers. She shared her love for coloring with her youngest grandchild, Morgan, who she watched two-days a week this past school year.
She loved spending time with her five kids and six grandkids. Kay was very proud of all five of her children. Her and her youngest daughter lived alone together for about nine years, after her other four children graduated and moved out. Her grandkids, Hunter and Walker Kotrous, Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan Ebel, brought so much happiness and sunshine to her life. She spent countless hours watching them play sports, coloring and playing games with them.
Kay did everything with a purpose. She worried about others before she ever considered herself. Her love and compassion could move mountains. She always put her trust in the Lord that everything would work out for the better. Kay will be greatly missed by many, many people who loved and adored her presence.
Survivors include daughter, Kylee of Verdigre; son, Adam of Center; son, Brett and daughter-in-law Jessica of Lincoln; daughter, Melissa and son-in-law Dan Ebel and grandkids Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan of Winnetoon; son-in-law Darrell and grandsons Hunter and Walker Kotrous of Yankton, South Dakota; sister, Mary and brother-in-law Randy Ellis of Cosby, Missouri; brother, Bill Gier of Davenport, Iowa; brother, Robert and sister-in-law Natalie Gier of Lincoln; and her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Andrea Kotrous; husband, Thomas McManigal; father, Dean and mother, Betty Gier; grandpa, Robert and grandma, Emma Schwartz; grandpa, William and grandma, Mary Gier; and sister-in-law, Debra Gier.
Pallbearers include Dylan Walton, Chip Bartos, Taylor Kraft, Cole Sokol, Dustin Pischel, Cody Konopasek, Chase Rohrer, and Mike Jelinek. Grandma’s Special Pallbearers include Hunter and Walker Kotrous, Layne, Jordyn, Brooklyn, and Morgan Ebel.
Condolences can be sent to Brockhaus Funeral home in Creighton, Nebraska or to Melissa Ebel at 206 Clark Ave. Winnetoon, Nebraska, 68789, to help with funeral expenses.
“But I trust in you, LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.” Psalm 31: 14-16