Nellie Lavonne Grooms was born December 27, 1928 to Walter and Minnie (Colerick) Curttright in Nemaha, Nebraska. She was the youngest of 11 children. Nellie grew up in Nemaha and graduated from high school there in 1947.
Wanda Kay Behrends was born November 21, 1954 in Auburn, Nebraska. She was one of five children of Donald and Betty Jean (Meininger) Behrends. Wanda attended school in Auburn through the eight grade before transferring to Johnson-Brock Public Schools where she graduated high school in 1973.
Lois Janice Leibbrandt, only child of Gustave and Rose (Paulino) Leibbrandt, was born December 23, 1931 in St. Francis, Kansas. Both of her parents were deaf, and Lois learned how to sign as she grew. She did not learn how to speak until she was 5 years old in Kindergarten. She grew up in St. Francis and graduated from high school there. Lois started waiting tables at age 13 to help with family expenses.
Joseph Bishop Jones, the oldest of six children of Francis Morton and Bonnie Belle (Hamby) Jones, was born January 2, 1921 in Grayson, Missouri. Joe attended school in Grayson and graduated from high school there.
Bryce Randall Niss was born on July 31, 1985 to Randall and Deb (Schilling) Niss in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He attended Pawnee City Public Schools and graduated in 2004. He was united in marriage to Danielle Broady on August 8, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church in Pawnee City. Bryce and Dani resided on the Niss family farm, where they built upon the farm established by Bryce’s great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents; creating a cow/calf herd that was respected by buyers across the region. This union was blessed with three children, Weston Randall, Reid Jeffrey and LilaBelle Rosanne.