Celia Kay Whitford of Milford, Nebraska was born on September 9, 1948 to Verlin K. and Doris K. (Helmberger) Peterson in Mitchell, South Dakota. She attended O’Neill High School in O’Neill, Nebraska graduating in 1966. Following high school, Celia attended college at West-Nebraska Regional Hospital School of Nursing in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and received her Registered Nursing Degree. On May 23, 1970, Celia was united in marriage to Alan R. Whitford at Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In her free time Celia was an avidly prolific reader. She enjoyed cooking and counted cross stitch. More than anything, she loved being a grandma and spending time with all of her grandchildren. Celia passed away on December 12, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 3 days. She is survived by her husband, Alan R. Whitford, Milford, Nebraska; children, Erik (Kori) Whitford, Milford, Nebraska, Shane (Deena) Whitford, Milford, Nebraska; grandchildren, Kari Whitford, Zoey Whitford, Layla Whitford, Jayse Whitford, Xander Whitford, Celaren Whitford, Liam Whitford, Cordelia Whitford; sister, Debi (Steve) Dunn, Stella, Nebraska; brothers, Earl (Belinda) Peterson, Beresford, South Dakota, Michael (Lisa) Peterson, Eagle, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews. Celia was preceded in death by her parents, Verlin Peterson and Doris Ziska.
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