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Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home

11902 W Center Road, Omaha, NE

OBITUARY

Mary Lou Blair

October 1, 1930November 9, 2019
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Preceded in death by husband, Gentry Blair; mother and father, Myrtle and Rudolph Mudra; sisters, Doloris Whitmore (William), Kathie Johnson (Dean).

Survived by sister, Shirley Johnson (Max); brothers, Darrell Mudra (Jean), Rudy Mudra (Carolyn), Moe Mudra (Mary), numerous nieces and nephews.

Served as a Captain in the U.S. Army as a dietician.

VISITATION Wednesday, November 13, from 6-8 at Crosby Colonial Chapel.

FUNERAL service Thursday, November 14 at 11am at Crosby Colonial Chapel.

Private Interment Westlawn Hillcrest Cemetery.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Whitmore
  • Brad Whitmore
  • Mark Billingsley
  • Mitch Johnson
  • Kevin Wilke
  • Ray Whitmore

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Interment

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Biography

Mary Lou Blair (Mudra) was born October 1st, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska to Mother, Myrtle Mudra, and Father, Rudolph Mudra.

Mary Lou was the third of seven children. She was the younger sister of Dolores and Darrell, and the older sister to Shirley, Rudy, Kathy and Emil (Moe). Mary Lou graduated from Omaha South High School in 1947. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. After college, she joined the military and served as a Licensed Dietician. During her eight years in the military, Mary Lou traveled to Japan and Germany as she climbed to the rank of Captain.

While in the military, Mary Lou met Gentry Blair and they married in 1960. Mary and Blair lived in Waco, Texas where Mary Lou continued her career as dietician on a military base for 17 years.

While she always favored her home state of Nebraska, Mary Lou had a big heart for Texas, too. Several years later Mary Lou and Blair separated, but always stayed close until Blair’s passing. She loved to travel even after her military career. She took many trips with her mother, including trips to Europe and the Middle East. Mary Lou and her sister, Shirley, traveled to Australia in October of 2001 after the 9-11 attacks.They had cousins to visit there. This trip lasted for 6 weeks. It was one of the last times that she would leave the U.S.

While Mary Lou didn’t have children of her own, she always felt blessed to have many nieces and nephews. Mary Lou helped support them in many ways throughout the years. This included helping them start their own businesses, from Self-Defense programs to Pet-Care Facilities. She was also able to help great nieces and nephews attend private schooling and further their post high school education.

After returning to the Omaha area, Mary Lou lived off Normandy Blvd in Bellevue, Nebraska where she spent most of her retirement years. Throughout her life, Mary Lou developed many passions. They included attended Zion Lutheran Church regularly with her mother Myrtle and sisters, Dolores and Shirley. Mary Lou had a passion to support various Lutheran causes throughout Omaha and the United States. She also had a love of painting images of the outdoors and natural scenery.

In 2011, Mary Lou’s overall physical health was still pretty good, but she was showing signs of advancing dementia. After some hesitation, her brother Rudy, and several family members helped Mary Lou move to Rolling Hills Ranch Assisted Living. Here she often enjoyed having lunch with family and friends. Despite the dementia, Mary Lou continued to use her computer regularly managing her finances, reading the news, and playing hearts.

In 2016, Mary Lou suffered a fall that resulted in a broken leg. She eventually moved to Brighten Gardens, a skilled nursing facility that was able to care for her around the clock. She continued to enjoy her daily glasses of wine, chocolates, and lunches with her siblings.
In late October of 2019, Mary Lou developed an infection and blood pressure irregularities that led to a hospitalization. On the morning of November 9th, 2019, Mary Lou passed away peacefully after a full life of 89 years. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her father, Rudolph, her mother, Myrtle, and her sisters Dolores and Kathie. She is survived by her siblings, Darrell, Shirley, Rudy and Emil (Moe), as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and their families.