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Julie Ann Bright


September 21, 2017 | View PDF

Julie Ann Bright, 63, of Tabor, SD, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services are pending with the Opsahl- Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory in Yankton, S.D.

As per Bright's wishes there will be no local services, however, her cremated remains will be scattered by her family in Alaska at a later date.

The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with service details.

Bright was born to William and Wilma (Beeken) Benkusky on June 22, 1954 in Sidney, Nebraska. Her early life was spent in and around Sidney where she met Myron Richey. Julie and Myron married on Aug. 11, 1968 and had two boys, Jeffery and Joseph. Later in life, Julie married Aaron Bright and gained the love of two daughters, Destiny Solberg and Nickie McCormick.

Julie graduated college at Western Nebraska Community College with a 4.0 grade point average and majored in art. She was a talented woman who could cook her way into your heart and craft her way into your soul. She enjoyed photography, genealogy and her grandbabies.

Later in life, she found herself as manager of the American Legion Post #5 in Seward, where she acquired many friends and considered most family.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeff (Amanda) Richey of Tabor, S.D., Joe (Miranda) Richey of Yankton, S.D., Destiny (Heath) Solberg of Hemmingford, NE, and Nickie McCormick of Alliance, NE. and her 12 grandbabies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Wilma Benkusky, and her brothers, Danny and Ray Benkusky.

She was the best mother a child could have and wise mentor to many. She will be deeply missed.

The family request that memorials and cards be directed to 251 N. Janda, Tabor, S.D. 57063.


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