Paula Jo Abramson, 47, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died Thursday, March 15th, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Paula was born on December 10th, 1964, the daughter of Gary Branson and JoAnn (Forbey) Branson in Calexico, California. She spent her early childhood in Southern California and Kansas before moving to Holdrege, Nebraska. She graduated from Holdrege High School in 1983. During her high school she participated in many school activities and spent time with dear friends that she kept until the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to Thomas J. Abramson on June 21st, 1985, at the United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. To this union three children were born, Ashley Jo, Aaron Thomas and Alexandra Paige.
In the same year that they wed, the couple moved to Gothenburg where she worked for Southview Manor and Gothenburg Memorial Hospital before forming a partnership with her husband at Abramson & Associates Insurance Agency.
Paula's greatest life passion was being a wife and mother. She was her children's biggest fan and supported them through life's every activity. She enjoyed summers at the cabin at Johnson Lake and snow skiing while visiting family in Colorado. She cherished her time as a TeamMates Mentor and was an active member of the Gothenburg Methodist Church. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends playing Bunko and watching Husker football games. She will be remembered for her kind heart, warm smile and courageous spirit.
She was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Rainie L. and Edith P. Branson, Harry and Josie Forbey, Alfred J. and Gladys F. Cotton and Irene Bocock. Stepfathers, Donald Couch and Wilson Parker; cousins, Michael Branson and Sam Veale.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Abramson of Gothenburg; a son, Aaron T. Abramson; two daughters, Ashley J. and Alexandra P., of all Lincoln, Nebraska; father and stepmother, Gary and Alfreda Branson of Pottsboro, Texas; mother, JoAnn Parker of Gothenburg; sisters, Sandy (Nick) Nicklasson of Pleasanton, Nebraska and Karen Drake of Las Vegas, Nevada; brother, Wesley Parker of Cozad,
Nebraska; parents-in-law, Evald and MaryLou Abramson of Holdrege, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Kay (Bryce) Exstrom of Fremont, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Mark Abramson of Holdrege; nieces Amanda Drake, Beth Abramson, Katelyn Exstrom and Rebeka Abramson, Mia Abramson; uncle, Larry (Dee) Branson and aunt Phyllis Veale; cousins, Glen (Debbie) Branson, Dana Branson, Jill (Barry) Veale-Broads, Jana Pearson, Sid (Debbie) Veale, Danny Branson, along with a large extended loving family members and friends.
Memorial services were held at First United Methodist Church, Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating.
A Memorial will be established in Paula's name, 2221 Ave I, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg was in charge of arrangements.