VICKIE OURADA, age 67 of Venango, NE passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Lincoln, NE.
Vickie was born in Grant, NE on January 9, 1949 to Walter & Elizabeth Crooks. Throughout the years her family grew larger and they moved to North Platte. Her father passed away unexpectedly in 1965 and as a result Vickie played an important role in raising her younger siblings. After her high school years, Vickie worked at TRW in Ogallala. On October 28, 1968 she married Dale Ourada and with this marriage she gained a son, Dan. They made their home in Brandon, NE. A few years later, with this union, twin daughters were born, Melinda & Melissa. In 1980, Dale & Vickie moved to the family farm near Venango, NE.
Vickie had many hobbies that she enjoyed. She was an avid bowler, gardner, and loved to play cards. She was also a wonderful seamstress and loved to bake. She enjoyed making her grandchildren outfits including their Halloween costumes. She always looked forward to Christmas and loved to bake Christmas cookies for her family and friends. Vickie's passion however was farming and raising her children. She was so vital to the success of their family farm. In the summer, you would find her out on the tractor helping with summer till and driving truck for harvest. In the fall, she would be planting wheat, which was her favorite. Her children were her soul. Vickie & Dale never missed any of their children's sporting events and extracurricular actives. She enjoyed watching them compete and grow as individuals, allowing them to realize their strengths and full potential. In recent years, she had been blessed to be able to see her grandchildren perform in their activities.
Vickie was active throughout the years in WIFE (Women in Farm Economics), she was a 4-H leader, and was highly active as a school parent.
Vickie was true and faithful to our Lord. Throughout all of her trials and circumstances, her faith grew even stronger. She is at peace now with her Lord Jesus Christ.
In addition to her parents, Vickie was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; her father and mother-in-law, Clements & Evelyn Ourada; and sister-in-law, Verna Lee Macomb.
Vickie is survived by her 3 children, Dan & wife Kendra Ourada of Chicago, IL, Melinda & husband Brad Borges of North Platte, NE, and Melissa & husband Shane Kepler of Denton, NE; 9 grandchildren, Kasey, Kolby, Leslie, Nicholas, Lukas, Jacqueline, Cole, Hanna, and Bo; two sisters, Lavon Cox of Spring City, TN and Julie Jenkins of Lincoln; four brothers, Ron & wife Nancy Crooks of Seattle, WA, Bill & wife Louise Crooks of North Platte, NE, Mark Crooks of North Platte, and Doug & wife Pam Crooks of Omaha; two sisters-in-law, Val Jean & husband Don Campbell of Fullerton, CA and Bonnie & husband Myron Dodson of Venango, NE; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared online at bullocklongfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Venango Community Church with Pastor Chris Costrini officiating. Burial will be in the Venango Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm at Bullock-Long Funeral Home.
Bullock Long Funeral Home of Grant, NE is in charge of the arrangements.