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Sophie K. McCarthy, 96

Sophie K. McCarthy was born November 4, 1921 at home to Chris and Paulina (Fuhrer) Serr and she died January 2, 2018 at her home near Jamison, NE at the age 96 years. Sophie, along with her siblings Julia and John, attended school in Naper, NE as well as the Spotted Tail School near Jamison. Upon completion of her schooling, Sophie worked for area families as well as on the farm. When she was 18 years old, she was united in marriage to Joe McCarthy on February 27, 1940 in O’Neill, NE and to this union three sons were born. Joe and Sophie lived south of Burke, SD for a short time before moving to Iowa. In 1944 they returned to the area and settled on a farm southwest of Jamison. They rented the farm from Gid and Lottie Hamon until finally purchasing the farm in 1956. She remained on the farm until the time of her death. Sophie and Joe farmed until Joe’s death in 1988. She continued to farm and milk a few cows for several years. She loved to garden and tend to her chickens. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren had a special place in her heart. She also enjoyed playing pitch with the card club and dancing at the Carlock Dance Hall. Sophie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; her son, Larry; her daughter-in-law, Dorothy; her brother, John; and her sister, Julia. Sophie is survived by her sons, David (Lisa) McCarthy of Jamison, and LeRoy (Maxine) McCarthy of Naper, NE; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Jan McCarthy of Holdrege, NE; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 8, 2018 at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke, SD with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. Special music was “The Old Rugged Cross” from Rock of Ages with Twylah Ward serving as organist and Clay Lundberg as soloist. Casket bearers were Terry McCarthy, Gary McCarthy, Darren McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Tim McCarthy, Jerry McCarthy, Joseph McCarthy and Mandy McCarthy. Honorary casket bearers were Kendell McCarthy, Kelly McCarthy, Samantha McCarthy, Jessa McCarthy, Gina McCarthy, Kyla McCarthy, Carter McCarthy, Collin McCarthy, Courtney McCarthy, Madison Mc- Carthy, Dylan McCarthy, Ashlyn McCarthy and Megyn McCarthy. Internment followed at Spotted Tail Cemetery in Jamison, NE.

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