Beula Marie Rose, 97, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala.

Beula Rose

Beula was born Oct. 8, 1920 in Moorefield to William E. and Ethel (Blaesi) Dike.

She grew up in the Moorefield area and became a teacher after graduating from high school. She first taught at country schools before moving to North Platte where she continued teaching.

She married Warren Gerken and to this union, four children were born: Pat, Larry, Karen, and Judy.

After Warren passed away, she married Merle Rose in the late 1960s. They made their home in North Platte where she taught at Roosevelt and McDonald Elementary Schools.

When the new Adams Middle/Junior High School was built, she taught, as well as becoming the head librarian, being responsible for putting the new library together. She enjoyed teaching and was a positive influence on many children through the years.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, painting and snow-birding in Arizona with Merle.

Beula is survived by her daughters, Karen Pedigo of South Dakota and Judy (Roger) Neal of North Platte; 10 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Warren Gerken and Merle Rose; daughter, Pat; son, Larry; and brothers, Bill, Jim, and Dick Dike.

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 6 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.

Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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