Dorothy Marie Kramer, a.k.a. “Grandma Monkey”, age 94, formerly of Tryon, NE, passed away Wednesday July 11, 2018 at Linden Court in North Platte, NE.
Dorothy was born October 26, 1923 in Ringgold, NE to Warren and Ora (Miller) Winters. As a grade school student, she rode horseback to school with her brothers Glenn and Roy. When it came time for high school, the kids stayed with their Uncle Melvin and Aunt Ethel Miller because it was 9 miles for them to drive one way. After high school she taught school for 2 ½ years at District #1 and #23. She married Clay Kemp on May 2, 1942 and they had 5 children, Francis “Corky”, Dora, Otis, Kenneth, and Clyta. The couple worked for other people on ranches and farms and rented on their own when they were able to. They moved to Tryon in 1970 and Clay passed away in March 1973. She was well known for her Halloween popcorn balls. Over the years Dorothy was the organizational leader of the Sandy Soapweeders 4-H Club for 20 years, and a member of the Willing Workers FCE Club. In 2010 Dorothy received an FCE pin honoring her 55 years of service. In February 1974 she married Wayne Kramer. They took in a lot of roping and rodeos and were substitute mail carriers on the route west of Tryon 3 days a week; she also cleaned the McPherson County Courthouse. Together they were able to enjoy bus tours around the United States.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Francis “Corky” (Vickie) Kemp of North Platte, Dora Kemp of Valentine, Kenneth (Jan) Kemp of North Platte and Clyta (Jerry) Alexander of North Platte; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; sisters Esther (Dale) Arensdorf of Tryon, Wilma Neal of North Platte and Alma Bullington of North Platte; sisters-in-law Virginia Parr, Mary Kemp and Ruth Kemp; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents Warren and Ora Winters; husbands Clay Kemp and Wayne Kramer; son Otis; brothers Glenn and Roy Winters; and sister Alice Winters.
Memorials are suggested to the Tryon Volunteer Rescue and Fire Dept. or the McPherson County Alumni Fund and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday July 17, 2018 at the Tryon Methodist Church with Reverend Insung Kim officiating. Burial will follow at the Miller Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday July 16, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.