Obituaries for Plains Edition 4-11-09
Margaret J. Woodhams, 96, of Ovid, died Feb. 18, 2009, at the Sedgwick County Nursing Home in Julesburg, Colo.
She was born to Fred and Julie Geis on June 26, 1912, on a farm in Sedgwick County. When she was two, the family moved to their homestead southeast of Julesburg.
She attended a rural school two and one-half miles from her home. She finished grade school and two years of high school in Julesburg. She completed her high school education at the new Ovid High School. She graduated from Ovid High School in 1931 and went to college in Greeley to become a teacher.
On Nov. 23, 1935, she married Kenneth Woodhams. He was the love of her life and they were blessed with a long and happy union. They lived on a farm southwest of Ovid where they raised their two daughters, Carolyn and Marilyn.
She had interrupted her education to raise her family but completed her teaching certificate in 1960 when she graduated from Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley. She had taught in rural schools before her marriage and then went on to teach at the Ovid Grade School for 20 years. She retired in 1974 from the profession she loved.
After her retirement they traveled and spent time with their family. Kenneth died in 1980. They lived their entire lives in Sedgwick County.
In 1981 she moved from the farm to Ovid where she was active in her church, the Ovid Women’s Club, the United Methodist Women, and the Senior Center. In 1992 she and her sister Katherine were honored by the Methodist Church for being active members for 68 years.
She will be remembered by her children and grandchildren for the wonderful way she treated each and every one of them. She always had a smile and a meal waiting. Her pies and cinnamon rolls were legendary.
Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn (Keith) Taylor and Marilyn (Don) Donjon; six grandchildren, Darrell (Diane) Taylor, Shondra (Scott) Cizek, Sharon (Rodney) Vernon, Kathy (Garland) Green, Steve (Pat) Donjon, and Jeff Donjon; 11 great grandchildren, Matt, Brian, Kristen and Todd Taylor, Cameron, Cole and Conner Cizek, Danny Vernon, Sierra and Tevis Green, and Jamie and Keegan Donjon; two great-great grandchildren, Owen and Evan Taylor; her brothers, Fred and George and dozens of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth; sisters, Katherine and Helen, and grandson, Ricky Taylor.
Doris Averil Wilson, 92, longtime Arthur resident, died April 1, 2009, at Indian Hills Manor.
She was born July 2, 1916, in a small frame house on the family homestead in southwest Arthur County, Neb. Her parents were John and Theo D. (Barnt) Corfield.
She had two younger brothers, Erle and Dale. They lived in Keith County for seven years and Doris attended school in their home and her parents boarded the teacher. The family returned to Arthur County where they raised cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, corn, and alfalfa.
She worked for room and board for several families and then graduated from Arthur County High School. She took Normal Training during high school and earned a teaching certificate. She attended Chadron State Teachers College for two summers and then taught the Haney and McKeag country schools for six years before her marriage.
On July 14, 1940, she married Charlie Wilson. The couple lived on the ranch southwest of Arthur. They had four children.
She was a devoted ranch wife and homemaker, enjoying her home, cooking, her dog, the flowers and birds in her yard, and the activities at the ranch. She especially thrived on sending cards to people for all occasions and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
After her husband’s death in 2004, she lived with her daughters for the next four years. She moved into Wel Life in November of 2008 and later moved to Indian Hills Manor.
Survivors include her son, Delwin (Martha) Wilson of Arthur, and three daughters, Theo (Marv) Walz of Arthur; Dale Dee (Ron) Pochon and Lexie (Robert) Cone, all of Ogallala; a brother, Dale (Artie) Corfield and a sister-in-law, Millie Corfield, all of Ogallala; eight grandchildren, Marti (Troy) Brockmeier of Kearney, Mindy (Jon) Kroesche of Lincoln, Troy (Adrienne) Walz of Broken Bow, Dusty (Brandee) Wilson of Arthur, Jeremy (Kelli) Smith of Ogallala, Mackenzie (Matt) Bonig of Greenwood Village, Colo., Ryan Cone and Brady Pochon of Ogallala and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie; brother, Erle Corfield; granddaughter, Del Rae Walz, and son-in-law, Terry Jack Kramer.
Claribelle Mitchell, 88, of Gibbon, formerly of Kearney, died April 1, 2009, at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center.
She was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Lexington to Ora and Marie (Draper) Welliver.
On March 21, 1940, she married Chester Mitchell in Elwood. He died in 1992.
She grew up and attended school in Lexington. She and her husband lived in Lexington, Hastings and McCook before moving to Kearney in 1953.
She worked at Grandpa’s Steakhouse for 40 years until she retired. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and making jewelry.
Survivors include her sons, Bob (Sheryle) Mitchell of Gibbon and Jerry (Deb) Mitchell of Kearney; daughter, Kathryn (Hank) Muehlencamp of North Platte; brother, Jack (Wanda) Welliver of Omaha; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Kim D. Fassler, 63, of McCook died March 31, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in McCook on June 12, 1945, to Donald W. and Merylin Rebecca (Rippen) Fassler. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1963.
He married Carla Suzanne DeWester in Benkelman on April 23, 1966, and to this union four children were born – Danny, Donald, Dee and Darr.
He lived all of his life in the Culbertson area. He was a farmer and a truck driver most of his life. He and his wife owned and operated C & K Fassler Distributors.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, McCook Elks Lodge and Eagles Club. He loved hunting and drag racing. He collected die-cast race cars. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends especially during the cream can parties.
Survivors include his wife, Carla of Culbertson; sons, Danny (Kelly) Fassler of North Platte, Donald (Erica) Fassler of Omaha, Dee Fassler of North Platte; daughter, Darr (Jeremy) Nickerson of Culbertson; sister, Janiece Jumps of Culbertson; mother-in-law, Wynona Springer of Benkelman; brother-in-law, Gary (Jan) DeWester of Wauneta; 10 grandchildren, Stephen, Kendall, Kayson Fassler, Jared and Makenzie Mortensen, Jasmine, Drew and Dunncan Fassler, Emily and Blake Nickerson; and numerous nieces and nephews, family and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Merylin; father-in-law, James DeWester; step father-in-law, Keith Springer; and brother-in-law, Robert Jumps.