Inman — Kathleen "Kathy" Faye Fick, 66, of Inman, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha due to complications of heart surgery surrounded by loved ones.
Visitation was held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.
A private funeral service will take place at a later date.
Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery in Inman.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Kathleen was born in Neligh on Feb. 5, 1954, to James and Ardeth (Ruroede) Meyer. She was their second of eight children and raised on a farm near Orchard. Growing up in a cozy, two-bedroom house and needing a partner (or two) to go to the outhouse in the middle of the night attributed to close, life-long relationships.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Orchard. Kathy attended a country school for kindergarten, then Orchard Public School and graduated as valedictorian in 1972.
Kathy married her high school sweetheart Ed Fick on June 4, 1972, at Ed’s family ranch near Inman. Together they ranched and raised their family of six children.
Her life’s work was loving others. She was a constant companion to her husband and a blessing beyond words to her children and their spouses. She made sure each of her grandchildren knew that they were a treasure by spending time with them and making personalized cards and gifts for special occasions. It wasn’t uncommon for her to have lengthy phone conversations with her children, siblings and special friends; the conversations were rarely about her because of her selfless nature. She was filled with the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control and these were evident in how she treated others while shopping at local businesses and working at McDonald’s and Torpin’s in O’Neill.
Kathy enjoyed the “simple” things in life. She loved planting flowers, gardening, cooking, helping on the ranch (especially if it involved riding an ATV), working in the hayfield, going on walks, sewing, crocheting, caring for her pets and seeing wildlife. Spotting a cardinal brought her such joy.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 47 years Ed Fick of Inman; six children Walt (Cecilia) Fick of Kearney, Tara Fick of Omaha, Preston (Sheena) Fick of Norfolk, Tammy (Joe) Jeffrey of O’Neill, Doug (Megan) Fick of Inman and Lance (Katie) Fick of Broken Bow; 16 grandchildren Sadie, Leah, Alan, Brianna, Nathan, Dylan, Conner, Zane, Jace, Hailey, Holden, Harper, Hadley, Haddison, Lily and Dawson; her father James Meyer of Orchard; seven siblings Cheryl (Randy) Watson of Malcolm, Brenda (Bob) Wood and Mark (Pam) Meyer, all of Orchard, Rita (Chuck) Foxhoven of Norfolk, Lee (Rhonda) Meyer of Neligh, Dawn (Bob) Stamp of Lincoln and Carrie Meyer of Bow Valley; many nieces and nephews; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother and one grandson Noah Fick.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.biglinsmortuary.com.