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Mary Kite

February 12, 1922 — November 30, 2020

Mary Frances (McAuley) Kite, 98, of Gothenburg, NE passed on to her Lord November 30, 2020 in Gothenburg, NE.


She was born February 12, 1922 in Fort Worth, Texas to Walter J. and Lola (McHaffey) McAuley, the youngest of six children.  Her parents died when she was a baby and she was given a good home with her uncle and aunt,
George and Evy McAuley, in Mt. Vernon, Texas, where she grew up.  In 1940, she was married to Smith Kite, who became a gospel preacher for the Church of Christ.  She spent her life assisting him in his ministry.  She attended several colleges and received a degree from UNK (University of Kearney) while living in Kearney, NE.  Mary was an avid bird watcher and loved to travel and camp to look for birds all over the U.S.  She enjoyed reading, quilting, china painting, and other crafts.  In later years she played bridge and pinochle with her friends.  She often volunteered at the Gothenburg Senior Center.


She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her four sons; Terence M. Kite of York, NE, Syd  C. (Joleen) Kite of Gothenburg, NE, Paul (Gayle) Kite of Mission, TX, David H. Kite of Austin, TX; Eight grandchildren, Bryan E. (Patricia) Kite of Charlotte, NC,
Valene M. (Ryan) Roseke of Monument, CO, Aaron L. (Summer) Kite of Dodge City, KS, Derek (Valerie) Kite of LaGrange, GA, Julie (Jeff) Lemon of Peoria, AZ, Daniel (Jimieanne) Kite of Norman, OK, Justin Kite of Austin, TX; and Megan (Wesley) Butler of Quito, Ecuador; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandson..


Mary was preceded in death by husband, Smith Kite,  her parents, her three brothers and two sisters, two daughters-in-law, Jo Kite and Judy Kite, one grandson and one great-grandson, John Owen Kite.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the York College, 1125 East 8th Street, York, NE  68467 and the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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