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Dorothy Dudney

May 9, 1935 — May 20, 2023


Dorothy Dudney

Hastings resident Dorothy Dudney, 88, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Lincoln, NE.    


Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 26, at First United Methodist Church in Hastings with Rev. Lance Clay officiating. Private family burial will follow at the Fullerton Cemetery in Fullerton. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with family present Thursday, May 25, at Butler Volland Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be directed to Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation, Hastings First United Methodist Church, or Hastings Second Presbyterian Church. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to Dorothy’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page.


Dorothy was born May 9, 1935, in Palmer, NE, the daughter of Frederick L. and Nellie Russell Forbes. She grew up on the family farm outside of Palmer, NE, and graduated from Fullerton High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 1953. She then attended and graduated from Hastings College and Mary Lanning School of Nursing. On April 22, 1956, Dorothy married Duane Dudney. Dorothy worked on every unit of the hospital before becoming the hospital nursing supervisor. Upon retirement, she was called back to volunteer at the front entrance of the hospital as she knew where to direct every patient and kept in contact with all of the doctors and nurses. She volunteered until her final retirement at age 85.


Dorothy was a lifelong United Methodist and was very active in the United Methodist women’s groups. She grew up in 4-H and went on to organize her daughter's 4-H group and remained active in the organization for an additional 12 years. She was an avid gardener and loved the Garden Club and her precious knockout roses. For several years she was State Officer in the Nebraska Nurses Association.


Dorothy is survived by her brother, John (Karen) Forbes, Grand Island, NE; sister-in-law, Jaci Miller, Central City, NE; children, Debra (Bruce) Taylor, Lincoln, NE and Doug (Donna) Dudney, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Anders (Amy) Nelson, Benton (Shelley) Nelson, Christopher (Lauren) Nelson, Daniel (Candiace) Dudney, and David (Johnna) Dudney; eight wonderful great-grandchildren, Lilah, Adeline, Eloise, and Georgia Nelson, Stella and Henry Nelson, Calen and Alayna Dudney; and multiple nieces and nephews.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband Duane and her sister, Marilyn.

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Past Services


Thursday, May 25, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center

1225 N. Elm Street, Hastings, NE 68901

Family will be present 5-7 p.m.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

614 N Hastings Ave, Hastings, NE 68901


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