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Plains Edition Obituaries 9-1-12

Betty Hall

Betty (Anderson) Hall, 69, of Bassett, Neb., passed away August 19, 2012 at her home.

She was born December 6, 1942 in Cheyenne, Wyo., to R. Gail Anderson and Ila May (Burrows) Anderson. Betty grew up on the M Lazy M Ranch at Egbert, Wyo., where her family raised registered Hereford Cattle. She was actively involved in 4-H and enjoyed showing hogs and cattle with her brothers. Betty had the privilege of attending National 4-H Congress in 1959 as a part of the Wyoming Livestock Judging Team.

She attended school in Egbert, Wyo., and Burns, Wyo., graduating with honors. Betty attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., earning a Bachelors Degree of Science in Home Economics in 1965.

She was involved in a variety of activities including the Student Senate, Home Economic Club and field hockey.

After graduation, Betty worked as the Home Extension Agent in Carbon County, Wyo., until the time of her marriage to Edwin Hall of Bassett, Neb., on November 26, 1966. They made their home on the Hall Ranch along the Niobrara River in Keya Paha County, Neb. Three children were born, raised and nurtured, Les, Kyla and Cody.

Betty was an active citizen and community leader. She gave freely of her time to the United Methodist Church, served on the school boards of Rock County High School and Bassett Grade School, was a member of the Rock County Fair Board, volunteered time to the Bassett Arts Council, was appointed to the Niobrara River Council, and belonged to the KBR Home Economists. She assisted many organizations with their budgets, including Rock County and various fire districts all while managing the financial and herd records for the family ranch. She was instrumental in establishing the Rock County High School Foundation. Betty’s contributions to her community and the lives around her are immeasurable as well as her commitment to developing our youth.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin; three children, a son, Les and wife, Rachel and their son, Craig of Bassett, Neb.; a daughter Kyla Olson and husband Peter and their daughters, Abigail, Katie and Emma of Sargent, Neb.; and son, Cody of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one brother, Lyle Anderson and wife, Barb of Scottsbluff, Neb.; one sister, Lois Schoene and husband, Kenneth of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three sisters-in-law, Becky Anderson of Frederick, Colo., Beverly Hall Young and husband, P.H. of Valentine, Neb., and Carolyn Hall of Bassett, Neb.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and innumerable neighbors and friends.

Memorial services were held August 24, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Bassett, Neb.

A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock County High School Foundation POB 326 Bassett, Neb., 68714. ❖

Mae Etta Steckman

Mae Etta Steckman, 98, passed away August 22, 2012 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Kan.

She was born March 3, 1914 at Auburn, Neb., the daughter of Albert E. and Gladys (Lewellyn) Noah. She was a homemaker and resident of St. John since 1972. On October 30, 1931, she married Doral Castro Steckman at Alliance, Neb. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Memberships include First United Methodist Church, 90’s Club, Red Hat Ladies, Rebekah’s, 4-H, Grange, Saddle Club, Campers Club, and Scout Leader.

She is survived by two sons, Clifford “Red” Steckman, Bunker Hill, Kan., and Doral Eugene Steckman, Medicine Lodge, Kan.; three daughters, Francis Morland, Fort Morgan, Colo., LeeEtta Summers, Whitewater, Kan., and Mary Mae McCune, Pratt, Kan.; 26 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, 33 great-great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gladys Butters, and sister, Francis Bishop.

Memorial services were held August 25, 2012, at Minnis Chapel, St. John, Kan.

Burial followed at Fairview Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Wind Hospice or Rebekah’s, both in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, Kan., 67576. ❖

Mary Batten

Mary Batten, 100, of Valley, Neb., passed away August 27, 2012, at Valhaven Nursing Home in Valley, Neb.

Mary Helen (Finnegan) Batten was born December 12, 1911, in Ames, Neb., to Thomas and Annie (Riley) Finnegan. She grew up in rural Fremont, Neb., where she attended Jamestown Country School and graduated from Fremont High School in 1930.

Mary married George Batten on September 15, 1936, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont, Neb., and they were blessed with three children: Jeanne, Tom and Blaine. Mary and George made their home on the farm north of Valley, Neb., where Mary stayed for 68 years until her health forced her to leave.

Mary was an active farm wife, raising chickens and selling eggs. She learned her love of flowers from her father and enjoyed a lifetime of raising flowers. She was a judge at the county fair for many flower exhibits. Mary was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed quilting and sewing. She was active in school board activities and St. John’s Altar Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Lynch of Worcester, Mass.; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Judith of Valley, Neb., and Blaine and Betty of Waterloo, Neb.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Annie; husband, George; brothers, Joseph, James and Wilbur; and grandson, John Lynch III.

Memorial services were held August 31, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Valley, Neb.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Fremont, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association.

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Marvin F. Martens

Marvin F. Martens, 94, of Fremont, Neb., passed away August 26, 2012, at Nye Legacy Health & Rehab Center in Fremont, Neb.

He was born December 26, 1917, in Benson, Neb., to Hans and Meta (Kahnk) Martens. He moved from Benson, Neb., to Craig, Neb., then moved to a farm north of Fremont, Neb., where he helped his father farm.

He was a 1936 graduate of Fremont High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from September 3, 1941, to October 12, 1945. He held the rank of staff sergeant and served in the European Theater of Operations, Rhineland and the Aleutian Islands.

Marvin married Verla “Elaine” Anderson on December 29, 1946, at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mead, Neb. The couple moved to a farm northeast of Colon, Neb., where Marvin farmed for 45 years. They moved into Fremont, Neb., in November 1990. Elaine passed away August 19, 2011.

Marvin was a volunteer fireman at Colon, Neb., for 25 years and a life member of American Legion Post 265 at Colon, Neb., and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 200 of Fremont, Neb.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Sue Martens of Fremont, Neb.; daughters and son-in-law, Karlene and Eric Benson of Fort Calhoun, Neb., Karyl Martens of Omaha, Neb., and Kristi Martens of Chicago, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Ben and Troy Martens of Lincoln, Neb., Klint (and wife, Grace) Benson and Katie Benson of Omaha, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Elmer Martens.

Memorial services were held August 30,2012 at First Baptist Church in Fremont, Neb.

Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Neb. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of American Legion Post 265 of Colon, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 265 of Colon, Neb.

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