HARTINGTON — Linda Abbott, 73, Hartington, died at her home in Hartington Aug. 2, 2020.
Graveside services were Aug. 7 at Bloomfield City Cemetery. Elders Richard Halbgewachs, Don Halbgewachs, and Mark Hatcher officiated. Social distancing guidelines were followed.
Visitation was Thursday at Brockhaus Funeral Home, Bloomfield. Linda Kay (Halbgewachs) Abbott was born Aug. 22, 1946, to Harold Victor and Edith Marie (Bybee) Halbgewachs in Norfolk. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Linda grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and Cozad. As a youth, Linda was involved in many school activities. She graduated from Sharyland High School, Mission, Texas, in 1964. She received a BA in education from Kearney State College in 1969, with a major in vocational home economics and a minor in art.
Linda briefly taught home economics and art in Valentine, before marrying Ivan Abbott Jan. 24, 1970. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year. She was the secretary in the family business of PV Welding and Repair for 30 years, sold Saxton Fruit for 27 years. She was dietary manager of the Embers Assisted Living, Coleridge, and a member/officer of the Help Your Neighbor Club of Pleasant Valley.
Linda loved flowers, gardening, singing, sewing, canning, decorating cakes, making jelly, cookies, sweet rolls, traveling, fishing and camping. Throughout her life, she remained active in all aspects of her church and loved entertaining church brethren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Halbgewachs; mother, Edith (Bybee) Halbgewachs; father-in-law, John Abbott; mother-in-law, Ima (Troxel) Abbott; sister, Myrna (Halbgewachs) Loibl; brothers-in-law, Tom Oldfather, Kenneth Abbott, Dean Peterson and Allan Loibl; sister-in-law, Aleda (Abbott) Peterson; nieces, Ellen Forsma, Julie Halbgewachs and Alberta Abbott; and nephews, Jamie Abbott, David Abbott, Craig Abbott, Kim Peterson and Kelly Peterson.
Linda is survived by her husband, Ivan John Abbott; daughter, Ivy (Mark) Folkers, Randolph; son, Doug (Mandy) Abbott, Hershey; daughter, Rebecca (Bryce) Jorgenson, Orleans; daughter, Angela (Shawn) Warner, Shelton; son, Kirk Abbott, Grand Island; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Howard (Cynthia), Elder Donnie (Barbara), Elder Richard (Charlotte) and Victor (Elaine) Halbgewachs; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donald (Sharon) Abbott, Dorothy Oldfather, and Dawn Abbott; and many nieces and nephews.