Ainsworth — Joanne Gracey, 90, of Ainsworth, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Beebout will officiate.

Honorary urn bearers are all of Joanne's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Brown County Hospital Auxiliary.

Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Joanne was born on July 10, 1929 to Archie R. Parr and Lois (Tooker) Parr in Merna.  

After graduating from Merna High School in 1946, Jo (as she preferred) married Herbert Staab and had a son Michael.  

She worked for Northwestern Bell for several years, living in Broken Bow.  

In 1953, she married Ralph D. Gracey and had two sons Mark and Cameron.

In 1958, they moved to the Sandhills in Cherry County where they ranched. In 1971, they purchased a ranch south of Ainsworth along the Calamus River where they raised registered Hereford cattle.  

After retiring, they made their home in Atkinson where they enjoyed their family and animals.  

After Ralph’s passing in 2004, Jo made her home in Ainsworth, where she continued her love of art, music and family.  

She was a charter member of the Nebraska Arts Club, local art groups and a volunteer of the Brown County Hospital Auxiliary.

Her kindness, art work and love of family will live forever.

Jo is survived by her three sons Michael (Christy) Staab of Wellington, CO, Mark (Debb) Gracey of Ainsworth and Cameron (Mona) Gracey of Wellington, CO; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Lois Parr and her husband Ralph.   

Online condolences may be left for the family at  


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