Clara Lackey

Clara E. Lackey

KEARNEY, Neb. — Clara E. Lackey, 90 of Kearney, Neb., died on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at CHI Health- Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Kearney. Pastor Sean Dougherty will officiate and private family burial will take place before services. There will be no visitation. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Please visit to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride and Kuhl is in charge of arrangements.  

Clara was born in Kime, Mo., on Dec. 21, 1927 to Bert and Dolah (White) Page. When she was eight the family moved to Illinois where Clara completed her elementary and secondary education; graduating with the class of 1946 from Ashton High School.

She married Charles Jeter, a World War II veteran, in 1946 and to this union two children were born, William and Rebecca. Clara and Charles were owner/operators of a café in Ashton, for 12 years until the death of Charles due to complications of shrapnel wounds received in Germany in the war.

On Aug. 8, 1965 Clara married Donald Lackey in Ashton and to this union was born a daughter, Julia. Clara was a homemaker and mother during her remaining years in Ashton and during their stay in Iowa City and on to Kearney, Neb.

She began ‘Grandma Lackey’s’ day care which she operated for 16 years. She had fond memories of the many children she cared for. Upon her and Don’s retirements travel was extensive and they motor homed in the south during 11 winters. Clara was an active member of First Baptist Church and did not know a stranger, she greeted all. Love of flowers and gardening were her main past times.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Don, of Kearney; daughters, Rebecca (John) Ciemnoczolowski, of Juanita, Neb. and Julia (Dennis) Florom, of Lincoln, Neb.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; first husband, Charles; son, William Jeter.