The business was started by Leonard Eriksen March 1938. He was representing Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co., and also sold Automobile Insurance. The office was started in the building that is now an apartment behind the Hooker Co. Tribune building.
Jim Simonson became a partner in 1957, and the name was called Eriksen and Simonson Agency. They sold Real Estate and Insurance.
On August 20, 1959, Donna Kennedy started working for Eriksen. Their office was located where the Senior Citizen is now. John A. “Bud” Gibson worked for Eriksen and Simonson, becoming a partner in 1963.
Leonard Eriksen passed away March 25, 1964, and his wife Virginia worked along with Jim Simonson and Bud Gibson. Jim sold out to Virginia and Bud in 1968. Betty Hampton went to work for Virginia and Bud in April, 1968.
On Jan. 1, 1974 Leonard E. Eriksen Co., sold out the business to Bud A. Gibson. In Febr. 1974, Bud remodeled the former Gibson Cafe in Gibson Agency. His son Dan and Betty Hampton worked for him till Bud passed away Jan. 1976.
Wayne and Betty Hampton took over the business Dec. 1, 1976, and is now the Hampton Agency. As of 1987, they sell all types of Insurance and also do tax accounting. Son Don and wife Teresa are employed at the Hampton Agency.
Entry B36 from the History of Hooker County Nebraska
Entry T66 from the History of Hooker County Nebraska
Following her education, Marilyn moved to Denver and worked in the surgical operating room at Colorado General Hospital and later was a private scrub nurse for three neurosurgeons in Denver. She moved to Omaha where she worked at Nebraska Medical Center as an operating room nurse for 17 years. She was the director of Recovery Services at Nebraska Organ Recovery System for 15 years. For the last nine years, she worked as a video monitor at Nebraska Medicine.
Marilyn was united in marriage to her high school friend, Jim Goedert, on March 1, 2018. Jim nicknamed her “Red” because of her auburn hair.
Marilyn loved good food and traveling. She also enjoyed “Find a Grave,” power shopping and entertaining friends and family. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, which could make anyone smile.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim Goedert; children, Andrew Neal and Andrea Neal; stepchildren, Jimmy Goedert, Jeffrey Goedert and his wife, Joleen, and Jonathan Goedert; grandchildren, Titus and Shepard Neal, Caitlyn and Taylor Goedert and Kelli Kuecker; great-grandchild, Theodore Kuecker; mother, Ruby Sommers; brother, Wally Sommers and his wife, Janey; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Russell.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
Jeffie was born August 2, 1926, in Omaha, NE to her mother Lucy Martha Jeffords Gibson and her father, John Arthur Gibson. Her siblings, John A. (Bud) Gibson, Jr., Shirley Ann Wuelzer, Barney Bill Gibson, and Joe Michael Gibson all predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her two husbands, her son Mike McMannis and her grandson Dyami Piccus.
She grew up in the sand hills of Nebraska. Graduating high school in Mullen NE.
She worked for Western Union, trained in Cleveland, OH. She was then posted in San Francisco, CA where she met her first husband, Darrel R. (Mac) McMannis. In 1948 they were married in Mullen, NE and lived in Iuka Kansas where wheat farming and truck driving supported the young family. They had a daughter, Sue Ellen McMannis and a son, Michael Dwane McMannis.
Jeffie & Mac purchased and ran a Laundromat in Guymon, OK while still wheat farming. Jeffie became a licensed private pilot and enjoyed that until her hearing loss increased. She was a bowler and traveled to Phoenix, AZ to compete in National Competition with her team. Little did she know she would move there in 1962.
Jeffie continued her education, becoming a Medical Assistant. She later was the operations manager for The Ophthalmology Center of Dr. Sheldon Zinn.
Mac died in 1967 and Jeffie met and married Al DeFusco. They enjoyed traveling to horse racing tracks throughout the Southwest and owned their own horse who even won. Al died in 1980.
She loved music, dancing and visiting with friends of all ages. She was always able to tell an interesting story of some life experience to entertain her audience. She was a great Scrabble and poker player and an avid reader.
Her first “grandchild” is Lisa Splawn Poteet. She came into her life in 1980 at age 5 with her mother Rita K. Moors who married Jeffie’s son Mike and bore him 2 children Ellen and Tim. They spent many years enjoying good times. Jeffie also helped raise her son’s children Ellen Kathlyn McMannis and Timothy Miles McMannis in Phoenix.
Jeffie moved to Oak Bluffs, MA permanently in 2004 after spending many summers there with her daughter, son in law and granddaughter, Julianne K Piccus.
She worked for M.V. Land Bank as a property attendant, mostly at “her” beaches = Wilfords’ Pond and Tashmoo. She enjoyed seeing the return of the children each summer for 5 years.
Jeffie took her granddaughter Julianne on a cross-country trip after “Jewelz” graduation from high school in 2002. They traveled to Nebraska, saw Mount Rushmore and enjoyed each others company from M.V. to Phoenix.
A caring life loving lady Jeffie walked many a mile with a smile on her face and love in her heart.
Our thanks to so many people who helped her through these last few years especially Hospice of M.V. , Elder Services, and Supportive Day Care.