February 8, 1928 – January 10, 2019
Josephine “Jo” Bourlier, 90, of Kimball, died at her home in Kimball on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with Pastor Roger Gillming officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home with the family present from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. to greet friends. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jo’s Tribute Wall and leave stories and condolences for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her memory to either the Kimball Hospital Foundation or Trinity United Methodist Church. The services for Jo have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.
Josephine Bourlier was born in Manchester England on February 8, 1928, to the union of William and Gertrude Tomkinson. She grew up in England during the German bombings in World War II, and had many fascinating stories of air raid adventures and growing up in war-torn England. She married Arthur “Lee” Bourlier in England and followed love across the globe. They moved to a small farm south of Bushnell, Nebraska, where they raised five children. Upon Lee’s death in 1986, she moved to Kimball, Nebraska. Throughout her life she worked as mother, “Lunch Lady” at Mary Lynch School, and librarian at the Kimball Public Library. She also served as a Kimball Ambassador, and volunteered for the Kimball Hospital Foundation. She was a member of the Tidy Ten Club, the Trinity United Methodist Church and various other organizations. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, friends and worrying about her kids and grandkids!
Survivors include her sons Bill (Jackie) Bourlier of Silverdale, WA and Terry (Debbie) Bourlier of Kimball, NE; daughters Susan (Tim) Howard of Cheyenne, WY, Rosann (Rick) Morgan of Bailey, CO, Joann Bourlier – Childress (Doug Schmitz) of Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren Melanie (Robert) Bourlier, Peter Bourlier, Nikki (Jared) White, Nathan (Drea) Howard, Ryan (Ruth) Bourlier, Mallory (Chris) Lantzer, Deacon (Tabi) Morgan, Rick (Bry) Morgan, Kelvin (Enrique) Childress, and Lexi Childress; 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 3 sisters.
- her sons Bill (Jackie) Bourlier of Silverdale, WA and Terry (Debbie) Bourlier of Kimball, NE; daughters Susan (Tim) Howard of Cheyenne, WY, Rosann (Rick) Morgan of Bailey, CO, Joann Bourlier – Childress (Doug Schmitz) of Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren Melanie (Robert) Bourlier, Peter Bourlier, Nikki (Jared) White, Nathan (Drea) Howard, Ryan (Ruth) Bourlier, Mallory (Chris) Lantzer, Deacon (Tabi) Morgan, Rick (Bry) Morgan, Kelvin (Enrique) Childress, and Lexi Childress; 11 great grandchildren.
- Peter Bourlier, Active Pallbearer
- Nathan Howard, Active Bearer
- Ryan Bourlier, Active Bearer
- Deacon Morgan, Active Bearer
- Rick Morgan, Active Bearer
- Kelvin Childress, Active Bearer
Kimball Hospital Foundation
505 S. Burg Street, Kimball, Nebraska 69145
Trinity United Methodist Church
4th and Oak Street, Kimball, Nebraska 69145
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
January 24, 2019
Terry & Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Your mom was an amazing women and always had a smile on her face. She loved to visit with you and was always concerned about your family. She will be dearly missed by all of you, but she is now in Gods hands.
Bob & Corrie Nagel
January 18, 2019
Jo - our deepest sympathy at the loss of your sweet mother. I remember her as a gracious and kind person.
Virginia and Mike Murphy
Michaela ( Mickie) , Dave , Allie. Datz
January 14, 2019
Dear Sue and Family, we are sending our love and prayers for you all. I didnt know your Mom, but of course I know you Sue. Im sure She was an amazing wife, Mom, and Grandma. Your memories Will sustain you in the coming weeks, months, years. We have that promise, and gift that we will all be reunited one day. Love you. Dave, Mickie, Allie. ♥️😘✝️
Linda & Carl Lockwood
January 14, 2019
Love and prayers to all of you! What wonderful memories I have growing up with you as neighbors on the farm and going to the country school! Some of my favorite memories are going to club with Mom and playing with all of you! Your mom was such a special lady and I always thought how romantic it was for her to leave her home and come to the farm in Nebraska with your dad! She had such a gentle kind heart. When Rhonda, Vicki and I went to tell her mom had died , she hugged us all and we cried together! The club ladies always felt like second moms to me and I have tears running down my face knowing she won’t be in Kimball the next time we go! Blessings to you all as you say goodbye knowing you have honored and taken care of your beautiful mother well🙏 May the peace that only God can give be yours🙏
January 14, 2019
Such a sweet, caring lady.... although fiesty. She will certainly be missed in the church and community.
Jo led a long, interesting life.
January 14, 2019
Dear Jo and family I remember going to church your mom always said hi and always wanted to see what my Melissa was wearing she always told her how pretty she was always got down on her level. Melissa was 3-4 . Melissa and I still talk about your mom, how she was a wonderful kind lady.
And her and I shared the same birthday. Hugs and prayers. Donna
Doe and Ed Merrifield
January 13, 2019
Terry and Deb, we were so sorry to hear about Jo. We enjoyed meeting and talking to her when she came back to Chris and Mallory’s place. She was a sweet and kind lady and will be missed. You guys, Chris, Mallory and kids, Ryan, Ruth and boys, and the rest of Jo’s family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I know you have fond memories that you will always cherish with the last one being heaven gained a very special angel named Jo.