KEARNEY — Carol Ann (Johnson) Guthrie, 86, of Kearney, formerly of Odessa, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Holdrege with the Rev. Scott Guthrie and Chaplain DeWane Dow officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery near Holdrege.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with the family present 6-7:30 p.m.


She went home to be with her Savior, surrounded by her family.

Carol was born Nov. 29, 1932, at Holdrege, the youngest of five children born to C.A. Leslie and Bessie A. (Johnson) Johnson. She received her primary education from District 45 rural school in Phelps County and then attended Holdrege High School, graduating with the class of 1950.

On May 22, 1955, she was united in marriage to John Henry “Jack” Guthrie at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege. The couple were blessed with five children: Denise, Scott, Patty, Peggy and Nancy.

The family made their home in Odessa, where Carol focused her efforts on caring for the children and the family home. In 1971, she began a longtime career for the United States Postal Service as postmaster in Odessa, retiring in 1999. In November 2013, the couple began to make their home in Kearney. On May 22, 2019, the couple celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Carol was a faithful member of the Riverdale Christian Church and the Ragan United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, sewing, embroidery, puzzles, gardening and Husker sports. Family time was most important to Carol. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many hours spent around the kitchen table playing cards with family and friends.

She will be remembered for her generous heart, her sense of humor and her love for Jesus. Above all, Carol has left a tremendous legacy of love to her husband, children, family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Zola Maul and her three husbands, Warner Dahlgren, Don Farrell and Emmett Maul Sr.; two brothers, Laverne Johnson and his wife, Pauline, and Quinten Johnson and his wife, Marilyn; six sisters-in-law, Alberta Covey and husband Albert, Garnett Covey and husband Donald, Alpha Fries and husband Wayne, Myrna Guthrie, Thelma Soderberg and husband Vern, and Geraldine “Gerry” Richards and her husbands, Millard Covey and Leland Richards; and seven brothers-in-law, Dewitt Schroeder, LaVerne Guthrie and wife, Barbara, Omer Guthrie and wife Wanda, Harold Guthrie, Neal Carlson, Clarence “Bud” Rogers and Leroy Maxwell.

She leaves to celebrate her life her husband, Jack Guthrie of Christian Homes in Holdrege; her children, Denise Johnson and her husband, Roger, of Wichita, Kan., Scott Guthrie and his wife, Cindy, of Kearney, Patty Rebman and her husband, Brad, of Republican City, Peggy Rogers and her husband, Dave, of Adams and Nancy Guthrie of Kearney; 13 grandchildren, Brad Johnson and his wife, Hannah, Jessica Robinson and her husband, Ben, Chara Eckery and her husband, Dane, Elise Lush and her husband, Alex, Joshua Guthrie and his wife, Ashton, Seth Guthrie and his wife, Jennifer, Nathan Rogers and his wife, Elizabeth, Melody Rogers, Benjamin Rogers, Wendy Rogers, Paige Young and her husband, Spencer, Brett Rebman and his wife, Alexis, and Bo Rebman; 18 great-grandchildren; her sister and best friend, Vearl Schroder of Holdrege; three sisters-in-law, Florence Maxwell of Denver, Eleanor Rogers of Holbrook and Linda Guthrie of Hastings; three brothers-in-law, Wayne Guthrie and his wife, Janice, of Alma, Cecil Guthrie and his wife, Donna, of Holdrege and Dale Guthrie and his wife, Lou Ann, of Ragan; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family would like to express their thanks for the many people in the medical field who took care of Carol and loved and prayed with her over the last four years.

In honor of Carol’s wishes, memorials will be designated to: the Riverdale Christian Church, the Ragan United Methodist Church, Camp Joy or to Christian Homes Care Community.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at