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Plains Edition Obituaries 12-22-12


Imogene Anderson

Imogene Anderson, 91, of Scottsbluff, Neb., passed away December 9, 2012 at The Residency in Scottsbluff, Neb.

She was born in Burton, Neb., on September 13, 1921, the daughter of Eddie LeRoy and Flora May (Trumbull) Gulick. At and early age she moved with her family to her grandfathers farm near Harrisburg, Neb. In 1935 the family moved to the Kirk Community in Banner County where she finished her 7th and 8th grade years of school. Imogene attended the Banner County High School and graduated in 1939.

On October 5, 1940, Imogene was married to Ralph Anderson at the parsonage of Reverend Peterson, who was the pastor of Swedish Mission Covenant Church. They moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., where Ralph worked for United Airlines for a short time. They moved back to the family farm where their son David Ralph Anderson was born on December 29, 1943. Imogene and Ralph continued to farm until February of 1993 when they moved to the Residency in Scottsbluff, Neb.

She was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb., and helped organize the Kimball Hospital Auxillary. After moving to Scottsbluff, Neb., she joined the Calvary Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Judy Anderson of Kimball, Neb.; grandsons Mike (Heidi) Anderson of Banner County, and Mark (Tiffani) Anderson of Kimball, Neb.; great-grandchildren Olivia, Meighan, Keirsten, and Trevor; sisters Maxine Lanning of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Glenna Streeks of Gering, Neb., Janice (JW) Snyder of Banner County, Neb., and Janett (Harold) Connour of Cheyenne, Wyo; sister-in-law Ella Mae Cederberg of Kimball, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Daivd, sister and brother-in-law Donna and Bill Olsen; brother-in-law Melvin Lanning, Bill Streeks, Roger Cederberg; brother and sister-in-law Alden and Evelyn Anderson

Memorial services were held December 14, 2012 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Inurnment was in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions have been established to the family.

Friends may visit www.CantrellFH.com to view the obituary and leave condolences for the family. ❖

Agnes A. Mather

Agnes Ann Mather, 94, of Sidney, Neb., passed December 6, 2012, at the Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care in Sidney, Neb.

She was born July 7, 1918 at home near Lamar, Neb., to Joseph Alexis and Newella Aurilla (Corning) Elder. She was raised on the family farm with her seven living siblings.

Later the family lived a short time in Hitchcock County, Neb. While there they raised a truck garden, which contained watermelons and several different garden vegetables including 1,000 cabbage plants that Agnes helped carry water to from the nearby creek.

Her family had a band and she played the trombone and piano by ear. Agnes also knew how to dance the Charleston and how to tap dance, which she did even after her marriage to help her children’s PTA group.

The family then moved back to Lamar, Neb. Agnes attended high school, living with a family in Imperial, Neb., for whom she worked for her room and board. She was the only child in her family to graduate from high school. Her father was a firm believer in having each child take the eighth grade twice, which she did. He felt that should be enough education.

Agnes met Paul Mather and they were married December 7, 1937 and lived in the Imperial, Neb., area for 33 years. They raised three children: Sharon, Judy and Gary. They worked with 4-H kids for many years. Agnes was the 4-H sewing leader. She was a very skilled and talented sewer and taught her daughters the love of sewing. Activities included taking the children roller-skating and skating with them. She also taught them the love of fishing and the great outdoors.

During World War II she was a “Canteen Girl” helping with the Canteen at North Platte, Neb. In her early marriage years she, her husband, and friends enjoyed hunting rattlesnakes and in one day killed over 100 rattlers. Agnes was a good marksman with her 22 rifle and continued to be so throughout her lifetime. She was called “Dead Eye” by her husband and children for her many encounters with skunks and other critters.

She was her husband’s “hired man” when it came to farming and taking care of the registered Herefords they raised. Many a summer would find her on a tractor mowing hay, cultivating corn, or working the cowherd.

She also raised chickens, turkeys, milked cows (selling cream and eggs), raised a garden every summer and then canned or froze the extra produce. While doing all of these farm chores she always found time to enjoy her flowers (at one time worked part-time at a florist’s shop) or help the neighbors. Some years she dressed turkeys to give to the neighbors as gifts in time for the holidays.

In 1971, she and Paul moved to west of Sidney, Neb., leaving behind many friends and relatives. She continued to work hard as she was now engaged in developing the land and watering the crops with irrigation pipe. She loved living along Lodgepole Creek, hearing the trains, and seeing the sunlight highlight the valley and the buttes.

Although Agnes’ own children were grown, she continued to help them by babysitting her grandchildren while the parents were obtaining college degrees.

She taught her grandchildren (Joel, Dick, Joni, and Dixi Travis; Ryan, Andy, and Ann McElroy; and Matt and Barry Mather) the love of flowers, looking at rocks, keeping their fingernails looking pretty, and so much more.

Agnes also loved to cook and bake­ — especially cookies — which she would package by the bread sackful and give away to grandkids and friends. Throughout her life she was known for cooking a delicious meal for anyone who sat at her table.

She is survived by her daughters Sharon (Ted) Travis of Albion, Neb., and Judy (Mike) McElroy, Gurley, Neb.; and her son Gary Mather of Denver, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister Jennie Banaka of Holyoke, Colo.; and a host of nieces, nephews, & friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; two grandsons Clint and Wade Travis; her parents; baby brother Orval; sister Wilma; and brothers Roy, Keith, George, and twins Lex and Rex.

Memorial services were held December 20, 2012 at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney, Neb.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice or to Sidney Memorial Gardens. ❖

Elizabeth Carrie “Betty” Musser

Elizabeth Carrie “Betty” Musser, 90, formerly of Oakdale, Neb., passed away December 8, 2012 at the Cottonwood House Assisted Living in Columbus, Neb.

She was the daughter of Neil Jr. and Nellie (Clark) Christensen, born March 11, 1922 at Westlake, Ore. She graduated from Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Ore., and attended Business College in Portland, Ore.

Betty married Elmer W. Musser on May 6, 1944 at the 1st Christian Church in Klamath Falls, Ore. She worked for Montgomery Ward as a credit manager in Oregon and worked as a cashier for Montgomery Ward in Norfolk, Neb. She started working in Neligh, Neb., for Agricultural Stabilization (ASCS) in 1956. After a 26 year career with ASCS, she retired in March 1982.

Betty was a member of the Oakdale United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sew and So Club of Oakdale, and the Betty Club.

She is survived by her son, Wesley N. Musser and wife Lynn of Laurel, Md.; two daughters, Linda R. Rumsey and husband Dan of Columbus, Neb., Cheri G. Blocher and husband Mike of Oakdale, Neb.; three grandchildren, Jonathan Musser and wife Amy, Amy Blaser and husband Chris, Bryan Busteed and wife Kerrie; six great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elmer in 1998; and two brothers: Dick Clark and Leland Christensen.

Memorial services were held December 15, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Oakdale, Neb.

Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery. ❖




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