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Mary Kay Pavey

July 15, 1941 — February 23, 2020

Mary Kay Pavey, 78, of Giltner passed away peacefully February 23, 2020, with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Giltner, with the Reverend Loras Grell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Apfel Funeral Home – Grand Island; a rosary will follow at 7:00.

Mary Kay was born July 15, 1941 in Greeley, NE, to Jay and Cecelia (O’Connor) Scott. As a young child she moved with her family to Grand Island, where she graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic in 1959.

She was united in marriage to Ron Pavey on April 11, 1961, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, and to this union, four children were born. The couple made their home in Giltner.

Mary Kay was known for her devotion to her children, grandchildren and friends. She was always baking delicious apple pies, sewing endless Halloween costumes, and many times had a pot of oxtail soup on the stove. Mary Kay had a bottomless collection of fabric, rickrack, bobbins, and pins. She could whip up a new pair of shorts or a pair of sweatpants at a moments notice. Anyone who entered her kitchen would be fed with whatever she was currently cooking. Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy was one of her all time favorite dishes. Mary Kay also had a love for animals and often had too many cats to count, with an occasional dog, as well. In addition, she was a very devoted Catholic and she prayed the rosary several times a day throughout her life. Mary Kay always had a candle burning just in case a special prayer was needed for her many friends. Her home was filled with photos of her family showing off her genetically dominate red hair that many of her children and grandchildren have inherited. She worked as a waitress at the I-80 Holiday Inn Restaurant for over 20 years and later worked in the Walmart Fabric Department using the skills she loved most.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband Ron, of Giltner; son, John (Connie) Pavey of Arlington, TX; daughter, Marcy (Scott) Vanosdall of Omaha, NE; brothers, George Scott of Norco, CA, and John (Linda) Scott of Huntington Beach, CA; 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Chris McMaster and Jane King; and sister-in-law, Pat Scott.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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Friday, February 28, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.

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