Ortha Loretta Emry, formerly of Vale passed away at the Brown County Hospital on August 1, 2016, at the age of 93. She was born to John L. Reynolds and Susie Amy (Shattuck) Reynolds on April 13, 1923 in her parent’s house about 13 miles northwest of Springview, in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. Ortha was the youngest of three daughters. She and her sisters Alice and Inez grew up on property originally homesteaded by John’s parents. She attended Guide Rock School and then Springview High School.
In 1938 she married Kenneth E. Emry. Together they had four children: Leona Joan (born 1939), Robert John (born 1940), Ruth Marie (born 1942), and Raleigh Evan (born 1944). They lived at various places in Keya Paha and Brown Counties until 1945, when they purchased property near the Niobrara River in northeastern Brown County. The family lived and grew . . .