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Rae Ellen Lannon

November 14, 1945 — August 7, 2023

Rae Ellen Lannon passed away August 7, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 77 years. She was born November 14, 1945 in Sutherland, Nebraska.

Rae Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lannon; parents Ray Gies and Ellen Meyen; and brother Terry Gies.

She is survived by her children Melissa Ryder (Keitges) of Omaha and Jay Keitges of North Platte; cherished granddaughter Britney Ryder of Omaha; brothers Tom Gies and Michael Gies, both of Portland, Oregon; her cats Bo, Monkey, and Lucy; and many other family and friends.

Rae Ellen graduated with the NPHS class of 1964 and coordinated (with the help of many classmates) the class reunions every 5 years through 2019. She was a fanatic for crafts and unstoppable shopper. When you would see Rae Ellen, she usually had a cat (or 2) in her arms, and she proudly declared herself a "crazy cat lady."

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In lieu of a memorial, Rae Ellen's family asks everyone to show kindness to cats and all other animals.

A celebration of Rae Ellen's life will be planned for a future date, to be held in North Platte.


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