Volume 4 Issue 1 - May 2015

Queen of Our Kids' Hearts

“The best thing to spend on your children is time!” The origin of Mother’s Day goes back to ancient festivals celebrated by the Greek and Romans. However, the roots of Mother’s Day history can be traced to the UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated some time before the day was celebrated in the U.S. and Canada. Today Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide (though on different dates) and millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers. As we celebrate Mothers Day this month, we pause to recognize and give gratitude to our Mrs. Nebraska titleholders who are mothers whether it be biological, adoptive, step, foster or even a “mother figure” to one or eight children! Our role as “mothers” is unquestionably the toughest job we have, as it can be both the most rewarding but also the most challenging.

Pictured above: Mrs. NE 1978

The majority of our titleholders who had children during their reign are now grown, but several titleholders have added children to their family after their reign ended. As a tribute to our mothers, pictured are current family pictures of Mrs. Nebraskas with their children. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY—YOU ARE TRULY ONE OF GOD’S RICHEST BLESSINGS!!!


Birthdays and Anniversaries


• Olivia Opre - May 6th

• Shawn Kelley - May 6th

• Jennifer Hart - May 13th

• Terri Krolikowski - May 25th


• Debbie and Bill Anstine - May 2nd

• Susan and Jerry Meyerle - May 7th

• Debra and Scott Gray - May 13th

• Jennifer and Darin Bradley - May 20th

• Nicole and Mark Panneton - May 26th


We Recognize These Titleholders Who are Also Mothers


1982 - Bonnie Harrington

1987 - Rita Rocker

1994 - Melanie Gutzmer

1999 - Peggy Phillips

2000 - Kelly Smith

2001 - Deb Gray

2008 - Andrea Stine

2010 - Nicole Panneton

2011 - Karalyn Hoefer


“Do not educate children to be rich; Educate them to be happy; So that when they grow up they will know the value of things and not just the price.”

Picture above: Mrs. NE 1984

Mrs. NE 1985

Mrs. NE 1988

Mrs. NE 1990

“When a child gives you a gift, even if it is just a rock they just picked up, show gratitude. It might be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you.”

Mrs. NE 1992

“Mothers are one of the best creations of God. She has amazing powers. She can multitask without complaining. She cares for everyone without any demands. Read here and marvel at the wonder called – Mother.”

Mrs. NE 1993

Mrs. NE 1995

Mrs. NE 1996

Mrs. NE 2002

Mrs. NE 2004

Mrs. NE 2006

Mrs. NE 2005

Mrs. NE 2014

Mrs. NE 2009



May is national photo month! In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce made the first photographic image with a camera obscura. The history of photography is the method of recording the image of an object through the action of light, or related radiation, on a light-sensitive material. Photography is a word derived from the Greek words photos ("light") and graphein ("to draw"). The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material.

A “selfie” is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm's length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.  Selfie sticks were created in 1983 to assist with the ease of taking a picture of oneself. If there is ONE Mrs. Nebraska titleholder who loves taking photographs and should be dubbed “Queen of the Selfies” it should be Shawn Kelley!  It takes true talent to perfect a selfie, which Shawn has achieved. Just look at the impressive collage of selfies I created from various events on her Facebook page!

Typically, when one struggles with weight gain, or physical imperfections such as skin, hair, or teeth it can be extremely daunting and the last thing you want is to be photographed.  Shawn confronted her insecurities with weight; making it her platform and speaking out about her own personal battles to inspire others wrestling with weight and self-esteem issues.

Fast forward 25 years, Shawn Kelley embraces being photographed, and even enjoys taking selfies! She is confident with who she is.  Her focus is no longer about the physical aspects of being photographed, but more importantly it is about the significant events and memories that are meaningful to her.

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”