Mary Beth Harrold
December 25, 1948 – March 3, 2020
Mary Beth Harrold, 71, of Papillion NE, passed away on March 3, 2020.
She was born in Fairbury, NE, on December 25, 1948, daughter of Ruby and the late Earl Peppie. She is survived by her spouse, Jim Harrold, and their two daughters, Kim Vieth (Marc) and Stephanie Crandall (Kent). She is survived by her two siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and grandchildren.
Marybeth moved to Papillion after graduating high school and married her high school sweetheart, Jim Harrold in 1967. She made her dreams come true by starting her own business in 1976 called the Papillion Flower Patch. For fifty years, she was very active within the Papillion community. She served on the Papillion Chamber of Commerce, Midlands Community Foundation, Papillion Community Foundations, and Monarch Villa Board. Marybeth and her husband were active in the Papillion Recreational Organization for over thirty years, coaching various softball teams including their own daughters. She was a part of the Christmas Caravan, Floral Academy, and was honored with many distinguished awards for her floral designs. Through hard work and the help of others, she made Papillion Days and the Holiday Luncheon great successes. She was awarded Sarpy County Business Hall of Fame in 2014.
Although she was extremely passionate about her work, she was dedicated to her family. She found the greatest joy attending and supporting her grandchildren in all their different activities. Mary Beth and Jim were blessed with 52 years of marriage. Where you could find one, you were always sure to find the other. Mary Beth made the most of her DASH.
Memorials are suggested to Midlands Community Foundation Mary Beth Harrold Scholarship Fund 217 North Jefferson Street, Papillion, NE 68046 https://midlandscommunity.org/fund/mary-beth-harrold-scholarship-fund/
- Visitation Friday, March 6, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, March 7, 2020
Mary Beth Harrold
March 5, 2020
I thank my heavenly Father and my Lord Jesus for Mary Beth, as she was a most precious friend, avid listener, and such a strong advocate for the people and needs throughout Papillion community while I served as the first female Executive Director of the Papillion Area Chamber of Commerce. She understood the politics, and the role of women in leadership through her soft smile, generous heart, and persistent, tenacious, hard working, personal work ethic. She will always be remembered as a doer, a tireless worker, and deeply caring person. Her love for Papllion and its people, respect for newcomers and outsiders, and her investment in the community, as a place of business, and place to raise a family is unmatched by anyone I have ever met. Mary Beth was the true mayor of the community during my tenure. She was able to view the small and large community issues, and gracefully maneuver through the hard and thorny issues with ease, grace, and much love. Her flower shop reflected how God personally created her inside and out. She personally reflected through her character, personality, and giving nature a most magnificent bouquet of a the word's most beautiful flowers in in the through her extraordinary beauty, kind delicate nature, and spirit of mercy and grace. Her ability to choose and design colors and textures into meaningful pieces of living art, reflected how she worked with people, weaving lives and needs together. I thank my Lord that He placed me in Papillion to experience this hardworking and loving woman, who cared so deeply about the people around her. How kind of Him to invite her home, where beauty is made perfect and no one suffers, where His heart is always pleased with those who care so deeply about loving others and making His world better. All of creation rejoices, especially the flowers, for they like me, had been touched by God through the hands and heart of Mary Beth. I am so blessed, so grateful! Duane & I celebrate her memory.
March 5, 2020
Mary Beth, you will be greatly missed. My sisters, Sharon and Kathryn and I will always cherish the fun times we had at my boutique in Elkhorn. The laughter that brought us to tears, and the compassion you shared when times were sad for my sisters. You are the kindest most loving caring person I have ever met. I will miss you, but will see you later my friend.
John and Mary Dolce
March 4, 2020
This is such heartbreaking news for us both. We have known Jim and MaryBeth for many years, actually sharing the same wedding anniversary date. Her work ethic was incomparable and her commitment to customer and community service was unmatched. My favorite personal memory, among so many, was her presence at my 40th birthday "60's" slumber party. She was a dear and precious friend to us both.
She may be gone from this earth, but MaryBeth will always be remembered by those who knew her. We are holding Jim; Kim and Stephanie and their husbands; and her grandchildren in our hearts and prayers.