- Published: 24 September 2014
Donna Jean Duerfeldt Pryor was born November 2, 1922 to Clyde and Gladys Knapp Duerfeldt on a farm southwest of Nemaha, Nebraska. She attended Larkin Country School, Nemaha High School and Peru State College, majoring in elementary education and music. Donna taught in Elkhorn, Neb. for two years, and two years in Tecumseh, Neb., followed by ten months as a weather observer for the National Weather Service at the Airport in Omaha, Neb. She was baptized at the Nemaha Christian Church in 1936 and served as the church pianist, organist, choir director, Sunday School teacher and an active Kensington member as health permitted. On June 9, 1946 she married Wyman Pryor. They lived on farms southwest of Nemaha where they raised their family. Donna was always active in school and community activities, including 4-H leader for 22 years, Farm Bureau, Extension Club, Gideons, Good Samaritan Board, Nemaha County Health Board, and school parent’s organizations. Donna gave piano lessons to local children, with many serving as pianists in area churches and schools. For many years, she kept the U.S. financial records for Precious Jewels Ministry in the Philippines, as well as for the Bonhotel Family Corporation. The Pryor family was named the Farm Family of the Week in 1957. She was named Nebraska Merit Mother in 1997. Donna passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Papillion Manor in Papillion, Neb. She had reached the age of 91 years, 10 months, and 17 days, and was preceded in death by her husband, Wyman, her parents, sister Ellen Clements, and brother, Dean Duerfeldt. Surviving are her children and their spouses Larry and Dianna Pryor of Papillion; Sharon Pryor of Meridian, Idaho; Sara and Dennis Stiers of Shubert; Randy and Michelle Pryor of Wilber; Alan and Diane Pryor of Lincoln; grandchildren and their spouses Jeremy and Carrie Pryor, Angela and Ben Ashby, Joshua Pryor, Amanda Pryor, Dana and James Berger, Aaron and Katie Pryor, Ryan Pryor, Andrew Pryor, Ally Pryor, and Eric Pryor; 10 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Carol and Ken Whitcomb of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother-in-law Art Clements of Bolivar, Missouri; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be Friday, September 26, 10:30 a.m. at the Nemaha Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Nemaha Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with family greeting friends 6 to 9 p.m. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.