Barbara Ellen Sell

Barbara “Bobbie” Ellen (Pettit) Sell passed away on September 19, 2012 at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, Nebr., surrounded by her family.

Born to Margaret (Holden) and Ralph Pettit on April 21, 1938 on the family homestead near Colome, S.D., Bobbie was the fourth of fourteen children. She attended country grade school, then Colome High School for three year before graduating from Winner High School in 1956. Bobbie worked her way through high school waiting tables and cooking in the cafe where she became an excellent cook. After graduation she was employed by Bell Telephone Company in Winner until she married the man with whom she would spend the next 54 years, Gary, on April 24, 1958, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Winner, S.D.

Bobbie and Gary began ranching near Mission, while Gary was Chief of Police in Mission. 

In 1962 they relocated to Keya Paha County, Nebr., to continue ranching and raising their family. In 1975 they moved into Springview, when Gary was elected Sheriff and Bobbie soon became county dispatcher. They retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2003 after 28 years of service.

Bobbie was a religious education teacher for many years at St. Pius Catholic Church in Ainsworth, Nebr. For many years she took great pride and enjoyment in making a baptismal banner for each baby baptized in the church. She is also remembered for the countless baby blankets she sewed and gave as gifts. She loved doing crafts, was a Girl Scout leader, was an advocate for all special needs children through Special Olympics, and was a caregiver for many elderly residents in Springview. She only stopped doing for others when her own health began to fail.

Bobbie was a remarkable, quiet, yet strong, woman who will be deeply missed and always remembered for her good works of giving, by those who loved her, and by those she touched throughout her life.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Gary, Springview; children, Cindy Lackey, Elko Nev., Connie (Scott) LeZotte, Rapid City, Deb (Keith) Davis, Madison, Nebr., Dave (Mary Kay) Sell, Martin, Merrit Sell, Rapid City, Kaye (Larry) Day, Bartlett, Nebr., and John (Chessa) Sell, Springview.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister, sons, Robert Ryan and Brett Leon, and grandson Connor Sell.

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