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Beth Joy Haneline

October 13, 1948 — May 24, 2024

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Beth Joy Haneline

Beth Joy Haneline, born on October 13, 1948, in Auburn, Nebraska, gracefully departed this world May 24, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, warmth, and creativity that will forever be cherished. Beth, also known as the "hostess with the mostest," had a heart that radiated kindness and made everyone feel welcome in her presence.

Beth was not just a lady of style and grace, but a true fashion icon whose choices were always ahead of the curve. A testament to the love of her life, Lyle, was the incredible shoe closet he gifted her, a sanctuary for her remarkable collection of shoes. Together, Beth and Lyle built a homestead that blended two families into one, creating a tapestry of love and support: Penniless Paradise, where many became one.

Fondly referred to as "Our Fair Lady," Beth's elegance was unparalleled. Her unique green eyes, passed down through the generations, were but one of the many endearing qualities she shared with her loved ones. A natural performer, Beth commanded the stage with her acting and dancing, stealing the spotlight effortlessly.

In her childhood, Beth and her brother Ted won the national competition on the Teddy Mack Amateur Hour with their tap routine "Me and My Shadow." Born to Virginia, a professional dancer on the Red Skelton show, Beth inherited a passion for the arts. Her talent earned her a scholarship to Pasadena State College in California after winning Best Actress Awards at state competitions in Nebraska. An Auburn High School graduate ('66), Beth was a patriot who held a deep love for the Red, White, and Blue.

Beth's journey was marked by resilience, having triumphed over throat cancer, breast cancer, RSV, and multiple battles with COVID-19. Raised by her father Loen Forest Henderson and paternal grandmother Justine Dovel, Beth approached life with unwavering honesty and a heart full of love.

A creative force, Beth could turn discarded items into art, and her imaginative projects, brought to life by Lyle, showcased her boundless creativity. An avid reader and listener, Beth drew inspiration from books and the Today Show, often sharing her newfound knowledge with those around her.

Beth's love for travel was fulfilled through countless adventures with Lyle. From exploring European countries to traversing states within the U.S., their journeys were a testament to the deep connection they shared. Her infectious smile and laughter warmed the hearts of all who knew her.

Employed at Cooper Nuclear Station, Beth forged lasting friendships and cherished her time spent with Sue and Fe, who took special care of her hair and nails. However, her most significant achievement was the family she created with Lyle. John and Tracy, Lyle's children, became her own, and her biological children, DJ and Heather Joy, brought her immeasurable joy.

Beth had a passion for the Wheel of Fortune, and it was a shared dream that she never had the chance to appear on the show. Her love for the game and its charismatic host became a source of joy and entertainment in her daily life.

In addition to her family, Beth adored her friends, Kathy, Jan, Brenda, and the Hope-ettes, whose companionship brought laughter and support into her life. Their bond was a testament to the enduring power of friendship.

Beth cherished her memories of being a part of the Lofte Theatre family, where her star shone even brighter. She loved playing golf and cards with her ladies, creating lasting bonds over shared games and laughter. A devoted Huskers fan, Beth cheered them on with unwavering support, even during tough times, and her special touchdown dance wowed those who watched games with her.

Beth also found joy in mentoring as part of the Teammates program, where she made a meaningful impact on the lives of young individuals, sharing her wisdom and love generously. Beth cherished her time with Delani. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Loen Forest Henderson and Virginia Gilmore, as well as other family members and beloved pets, Beth is survived by her husband Lyle, children DJ (Mikaela) Layson, Heather Joy (Paul) McKay, John (Tracy) Haneline, and Tracy (Brad) Kresak. She leaves behind grandchildren Jake (Jordan) Haneline, Jessica (Nate) Thurston, Jaidyn Haneline, Brody, Josie, and Cade Kresak, Zachary and Devin McKay, Elizabeth Layson, great-granddaughter Emma, a sister-cousin Deborah Williams and her sons Zach and Chad, sisters-in-law Jan (Larry) Haith and Louan (Jim) Beard, Ray Fernandez who she loved like a son, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends who will forever hold her memory dear.

In celebrating Beth's life, let us remember the joy she brought, the love she shared, and the indomitable spirit that defined her. May her legacy continue to inspire warmth, creativity, and love in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. As she always said, “The only true legacy you leave behind are memories.” Beth Joy Haneline will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

 A Celebration of Beth’s Life will be Thursday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Auburn.  Her family requests attendees wear pink.  Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 5:00 to 7:00.

 Memorials are suggested to Lofte Community Theatre in Manley or Teammates.

 


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Visitation

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

9:00am - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Hemmingsen Funeral Home

801 S St, Auburn, NE 68305

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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

Hemmingsen Funeral Home

801 S St, Auburn, NE 68305

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, May 30, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

1205 L St, Auburn, NE 68305

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