Zoleta Pearl (Hamaker) Galey, 76, passed away December 21, 2019 in the Scottsbluff Hospital surrounded by her family.
She was born to Tom and Doris Hamaker October 20, 1943 in Crawford, Nebraska.
Zoleta married Gary Galey, July 29, 1960 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. They had two sons, Gary Gene of Crawford and Jay of Riverton, WY.
Zoleta loved life and made it fun for everyone around her. She had so many wonderful stories to share and was always able to make everyone laugh, even in her final weeks of life in the hospital at Scottbluff. The nurses and staff loved her. She touched so many with her wit and kind heart.
She and Gary had a revolving door at their home with the coffee pot always on. They enjoyed having so many family and friends in their home.
She thrived having her family around her. She and Gary took their grandchildren on many trips in the summer, making life-long memories for all of them. She loved Christmas. All the kids and grandkids would arrive at their home on Christmas Eve and spend the night. Christmas day was a joyous time of presents, laughter, good food and much love.
Zoleta is survived by her loving husband Gary, who was always by her side. Their two sons, Gary Gene of Crawford, NE, and Jay (Meloni) of Riverton, WY. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob and Naomi Galey, Whitney, NE; Larry and Karen Miller, Spearfish, SD; Margaret Galey of Lansing, MI; and Kay Galey of Chadron, NE. Four grandchildren, Dezarae Brandt (Jason) of Gering, NE and Chance (Jenna) of Bloomfield, CO. Jaycy Galey of Omaha, NE, and Thomas James of Casper, WY. Two nephews, Damon Bass (Tawyna) of Alliance, NE and Brooke Bass (Jody) of Crawford, NE. Three great nephews, Brayden and Keagan Bass of Alliance, NE and Travon Bass of Crawford, NE. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.
Zoleta was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Reba, whom she missed dearly. Also, brother-in-law Tom Galey and wife Dorothy Galey and brother-in-law Bud Galey along with many aunts and uncles.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Christ Community Church in Crawford, NE, followed by a luncheon at the Eagles Club.
Arrangements are under the care of Chamberlain Funeral Home. Memorials have been established for the Crawford Rescue Unit and Ponderosa Villa (Bathhouse Project). These may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
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