Beverly J. Sell

Beverly June (Robbins) Sell

June 6, 1934 – March 25, 2023

Beverly was born on June 6, 1934, in Louisville, NE., to Orville and Eyrene Robbins.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, Robert Harry Sell. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Miner; brothers, Richard Robbins and Orval “Pork” Robbins.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Jane Hlavac (Donn) and Joan Truhlsen (William); three grandsons: Robert Hlavac (Stacy), Daniel Hlavac (Brandi), and Matthew Winingham; five great-grandchildren: Cale and Breanna Hlavac, and Braydan, Bryar and Bodan Hlavac; sister and special friend, Sandra Crouse; brother, Larry Robbins; sister-in-law, Judy Robbins (Orval); many nieces, nephews, and friends.

VISITATION: Wednesday, March 29th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, March 30th at 11:30am, West Center Chapel.  Interment: Glendale Cemetery in Louisville, NE. Memorials are suggested to Louisville, Nebraska. Public School Foundation.

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Beverly was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. Visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy. She adored them, and they adored her.

Beverly retired from American Parts Systems with more than 25 years of service. She and Bob then moved to Naples, Florida, to enjoy their golden years. After four years, however, following the birth of their first great-grandchild (and a few hurricanes thrown into the mix), they were compelled to return to Omaha. They enjoyed traveling, including some great adventures to out-of-state Husker football games and many visits to see family.

Beverly enjoyed working with her hands. Throughout her life, she crocheted many throws, ranging from baby teddy bear afghans to oversized red and white Husker throws. She received so much joy from making and giving away her afghans to loved ones.

A highlight in her life was the day she met President Bill Clinton. He was scheduled to attend a fundraiser just two blocks from Joan’s house. When it was time for the fundraiser to begin, Beverly, Joan, Bill, Jane, and Jane’s grandson, Braydan, went outside to wait for the motorcade. Not only did the motorcade appear, but it stopped to greet us! The President stepped out and shook our hands, and he even hugged Bev and Braydan!

Beverly was also a very good cook. She learned from her mother and then passed her own talents down to “one” of her daughters. Those close to the family need no further explanation! One of her specialties was vegetable beef soup, served with homemade dinner rolls. Her huge pot of soup demanded that all family members show up for dinner, where the creation of great family memories ensued.

We will miss you, Mama!



  • Mary Simpson Posted March 29, 2023 5:49 pm

    I have such fond memories of your Mother. She was such a good cook and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need. May your fond memories of her bring you comfort. Rest in peace Bev. Sending loving thoughts and prayers for all of you.
    Love, Allen and Mary Simpson

  • Judy K Robbins Posted April 7, 2023 3:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about your mother.
    She was a great person. I don’t know she passed away. I am in rehab and called Larry and he told me I was so shocked. All my love to the whole family.

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