Averil I. Savery
March 8, 1931 – January 11, 2021
Averil I. Savery, of Lincoln, passed away on January 11, 2020 at the age of 89. Averil was born March 8, 1931 in Holdrege during a Spring Snowstorm. Her parents, Arvine and Marie (Heliker) Bierman operated Bierman's, Inc. in Holdrege, offering auto repair and related services. Averil's dad, a pioneer pilot, introduced aerial crop dusting to Phelps County. Averil often flew with her father and sometimes took the controls, but never became a licensed pilot. She graduated from Holdrege High School in 1949, played first violin in the school orchestra, earned National Honor Society status and turned down a scholarship to Hastings College. She wanted to teach Home Economics, a major not offered by Hastings. She earned her baccalaureate degree at the University of Nebraska, class of 1953. She was a member of the NU Pep Club, the Tassels, and sang in The Messiah at the NU Coliseum.
While at college, she met Gordon Henry Busboom of Crete and on June 21, 1953 they married at the Presbyterian Church in Holdrege. In the fall of 1953, Averil (Home Economics) and Gordon (Vocational Agriculture) both taught high school in Callaway, NE. In the summer of 1955, they moved to Beatrice where Gordon taught at the high school and Averil prepared for the birth of their first child, Katherine Marie born in May, 1956. Their second child, Steven Alan, was born in February, 1958. When Gordon became the Executive Secretary of the Nebraska Cooperative Council in the fall of 1959, they moved to Lincoln and bought a home at 17th and Woodsview. Their third baby, Mary Elizabeth, had the audacity to be born in the early morning of Christmas Day, 1959. Averil wanted to go home later that afternoon to celebrate Christmas with Kathy, Steve and the many guests gathered at her house for the holiday! The doctor didn't like the idea and consequently Averil always teasingly said Mary "wrecked Christmas" that year. Many happy memories were created on Woodsview with the other young families that lived along the block.
As Gordon's eyesight began to fail due to his diabetes, Averil became very familiar with highways of Nebraska as she drove him to meetings at the various Co-ops throughout the State. The young family joined Southminster Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1959. Averil chaired many committees: Finance, Evangelism, Kitchen Remodeling, Landscape, Memorials, Member Care and Courtesy. She was a longtime member of United Methodist Women and the Administrative Council. She planned many receptions, funeral lunches, Carol Sings and Breakfasts in the Park. She also taught Sunday School and was Church Treasurer more than 35 years. Averil loved Southminster and considered its members her second family.
Gordon died November 27, 1971 after a lengthy battle with kidney failure due to diabetes. While at Southminster the Busboom and the Savery families were friends. After illness claimed the lives of their first spouses, Averil and Gil Savery were married on January 6, 1973. They enjoyed their merged family and the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that came along. They especially treasured their beloved Maltipoo Friskie. Averil and Gil were married 45 years before Gil's death on November 2, 2018.
Besides her many church activities, for more than 40 years Averil delivered Meals on Wheels, the majority of time with dear friend Carol Dorman. She also sold Avon for several years. Averil loved to cook, garden, read, sew, knit, crochet and watch Husker sports – especially football. While life dealt her some difficult situations, she lived her faith and was an inspiration to many.
She leaves the following family who will continue to celebrate her life: Her children: Kathy (Roger) Wolf, Steve (Carol) Busboom, Mary (Rob) Tisdale all of Lincoln. Grandchildren: Jen (Jarrod) Wubbels, Meghan (Brian) Schueths, Justin (Melissa) Busboom, Stephanie (Derrick) Hensel, McKenzie (Jon) Geier all of Lincoln. John (Ashley) Wolf of Alabama and Dr. Morgan (Luke Matulka) Busboom of Omaha. Great-Grandchildren: Barrett & Evalie Wolf, Kinley & Porter Wubbels, Jackson & Easton Hensel, Reece & Chloe Schueth, and Gage Busboom. Stepchildren: Doug (Nancy) Savery, Kent (Anita) Savery, Gregg Savery & Pam Savery Step Grandchildren: Susan (Andy) Price, Sarah (Mike) Martin, Mandy (Jordan) Boies, Mark (Ann) Savery, Matt (Mindy) Savery, Lori (Todd) Hinze. Step Great-Grandchildren: Charlie Patton, Paxon Price, Steven, Malcolm & Isaac Hinze, Savannah & Hayden Savery. Other survivors include brother-in-law Jim Schippert and Sister-in-law Phyllis Busboom along with many nieces and nephews, other family and friends. Besides her parents and two husbands, Averil was preceded in death by sister Marjorie Schippert, grandson Jared Gordon Busboom and many other family members and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Southlake Village for their love and care of Mom for the past two years.
A small family private memorial service will be held at Roper and Sons on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11 am. Due to COVID restrictions the family invites you to join them via Livestream at roperandsons.com. Visitation from 2-4 p.m. at Roper and Sons, 4300 O St., on Thursday, January 14. Memorials may be made to the Food Bank of Lincoln or Tabitha Meals on Wheels program.