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Kelly Daniel

July 16, 1962 — February 18, 2021

Kelly Lee Daniel, age 58, peacefully passed away at Kearney Regional Medical Center on Thursday, February 18, 2021. As her spirit left her earthly body, she was surrounded by her 3 daughters and listening to some of her favorite music. 

            Kelly was born to Lee and June Daniel on July 16, 1962, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kelly enjoyed going on family camping trips as a child. She enjoyed many a summer and Christmas trip to Stillwater to visit relatives. Kelly was always one of the first in line to sample the ice cream on the paddle her dad pulled out of the old-fashioned ice creamer freezer. Kelly and her sister, Kasey, enjoyed watching the tv show Mork and Mindy and laughing so hard they cried. She showed off her athletic talents on the volleyball and softball teams. Kelly graduated from Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1980 and joined the workforce. 

            In 1989 Kelly married her first husband. From this union, she gained 4 wonderful stepchildren and brought into this world 3 daughters, whom she loved so much. For 17 years she stayed at home to nurture and care for her daughters. Kelly, her husband, and their 3 daughters moved to Broken Bow, NE in March of 2001. In 2006 she went to work at Jack and Jill (later Schmick’s Market, then Gary’s Super Foods) and worked various other jobs at the same time such as housekeeping at Big 12 Motel, a cook at Custer Elementary, and housekeeping at JMMMC. It was at her cashier job that she would meet the love of her life, Vern Mobley. Kelly and Vern began dating in 2012 and were married on April 25, 2019. From this union, Kelly gained 3 more wonderful stepchildren. January of 2020, Kelly retired from the workforce to stay home with Vern and spend more time with her children and grandchildren. 

Kelly had a kind, hippie soul - and it was reflected in the compassionate care that she gave to her family, friends, and customers at her jobs. She loved classic rock, things that smelled “blue,” 80’s music, tie-dye, the mountains, Eskimo Joe’s, the CU Buffaloes, making other people smile, and her friends and family. Kelly loved to sing and dance in the car during road trips and would often laugh so hard that she would end up crying. 

Kelly was preceded in death by her father, Lee Daniel, an infant grandbaby, and many friends and beloved pets.

Kelly is survived by her husband Vern Mobley of Oconto, NE; mother June Daniel of Highlands Ranch, CO; sister Kasey & husband Tim Daniel of Horsham, PA; children Danielle & Adam Johnson of Denver, CO, Renee & Gary Payne of Dunning, NE, Kelsey Kimble of Manhattan, KS; stepchildren Vernon & Amber Mobley of Callaway, NE, Matthew & Michelle Mobley of Falcon, CO, Michele Matte of Colorado Springs, CO, Nadia & Tarrance Thompson of Jonesboro, LA, Cozel Eleazer of Colorado Springs, CO, Karen Kimble of Aurora, CO, Denise Kimble of Pittsburg Kansas; niece Abigail & husband Joe David of Highland Park, NJ;  grandchildren Jakob, LeeRoy & Gareth Payne; step-grandchildren Aubrey Reifenrath, Klayton Milhon, Alexis Mobley, Quentin, Vivian & Cash Mobley, Nathaniel, Nicholas & Catherine Matte, Macy & A’Raya Thompson, Calayne, Chloe, Ahmeena & Cozel Eleazer II, Terrian Williams & Rayleane Kimble-Hicks; and many friends and honorary children.

                Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Tim Peterson officiating.  Kelly’s family is requesting that those attending her celebration of life wear bright colors, tie-dye, or Eskimo Joe’s attire. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at  The funeral will be livestreamed at 






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