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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 91, of Gothenburg died Dec. 20, 2006, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

She was born May 10, 1915, in Orient, Iowa, to Fred and Letta (Heaten) Sexsmith.

On May 10, 1937, she married John Selders in O’Neill. He died Feb. 7, 2006.

When she was 3 years old, the family moved to the O’Neill area. She graduated from O’Neill High School in 1933 and attended beauty school in Omaha.

Her husband was from Griswold, Iowa, and they went back to Iowa to farm for six or seven years before moving to Seattle where they lived for 1-1/2 years. The family then moved back to Griswold and from there moved to Elm Creek. They lived there about seven years before moving to McCool Junction, where they had a motel and she had a beauty shop. From there, they came to Gothenburg, where she ran a beauty shop for several years.

After retirement, they moved back to Elm Creek. In 1996, they moved into Gothenburg to be near her family. She had been residing in Long Term Care in Gothenburg for the past 10 years.

She enjoyed quilting, collecting windmills, needlework and embroidery work. She was a past member of Elm Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Marquardt of Gothenburg, Mary Walker of Falls City and Jonda Jones of Fallon, Nev.; sister, Alice Gannon of Auburn, Wash.; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters; sons-in-law, Bruce Walker of Falls City and Dean Jones of Fallon; grandchildren and their spouses, Cindy and Don Gamblin of Chapman, Ed and Khris Pelzer, Les and Darla Pelzer and Marci and Mike Johnson, all of Gothenburg, Barbara and Jeff Scholting of Gretna, Linda and Eric Cook of Topeka, Kan., Brian and Cindi Walker of Hickman, Steven and Angela Walker of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Deana Jones of Pacific, Wash.; and brother-in-law, Wayne Gannon of Auburn.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother; two sisters and two sons-in-law.

, 83, of Kearney died Dec. 15, 2006, at St. Luke’s Good Samaritan Village.

She was born June 26, 1923, in King George, Va., to Carey and Ada (Morgan) Dodd.

On May 4, 1945, she married Marvin Babcock in Baltimore. He preceded her in death.

She grew up in King George and Baltimore and received her education at Old Grove School.

She and her husband lived and farmed near Cozad and Central City before moving to Kearney in 1963. She worked in a nursing home and at J.A. Baldwin Manufacturing Co. for 15 years. She was a member of the Baptist church and enjoyed gardening and housekeeping.

Survivors include her son, Melvin of Aurora; daughters, Ethel Philby Phillips and Marjorie, both of Kearney; sister, Catherine Cleaveland of Beatrice; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Brigitta Babcock of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one infant granddaughter, four brothers and one half-sister.

, 74, of North Platte died at her home Dec. 20, 2006. 

She was born to Joseph and Berniece Randall on March 12, 1932, in Marsland and grew up in Nebraska.

She married Roland “Shelly” Schellhase where they lived in Seattle. To this union three children were born – Ken, Rick and Steve.  She moved to California.

She married Eugene Rinard and they had two children, Cheri and Colette.

On May 15, 1971, she married Dale Heckard in Stapleton. The couple lived in North Platte. She worked at several places as a cook in North Platte. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and always made friends everywhere she went.

Survivors include her husband, Dale of North Platte; two sons, Ken Schellhase and Steve Schellhase both of Seattle; two daughters, Cheri Rinard and Colette Brogdon both of North Platte; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Rick.

, 65, of Purdum died Nov. 16, 2006, at Jennie Melham Medical Center at Broken Bow.

He was born June 15, 1941, at Mullen to Kenneth and June (Anders) Simonson. He grew up at Seneca and attended grade school in Cherry County. In kindergarten, he bought his first horse “Copper” from Buss Sevier.

He graduated from Thedford High School in 1958.

After his education he worked for Harley Nutter for two summers, then Glen Nutter and later for Dick Smith’s dad.

He married Lex Ann Teaford on April 20, 1963. They resided on the Teaford Ranch at Purdum, now known as Teaford and Simonson Land and Cattle Company.

He was a member of the Thedford Golf Course, R-Calf USA, Elks Club-Ainsworth and the United Church of Christ and the Sandhills Golf Course in Mullen.

He enjoyed bull sales, selling yearlings, good cattle (no matter the breed), rodeo (ranging from the days when he and his wife did it, to his kids and grandkids), loved driving two-year-old steers to Seneca and loading them on the train to Omaha. He enjoyed arrowhead hunting, family trips, tricks and jokes on people, taking pictures of all the good moments, playing cards, visiting his house in Arizona, golfing, horse races, raising horses, fishing when the ice was on, and having a good laugh.

Survivors include his mother, June Morris of Mullen; two sons, Gordon (Amy) Simonson of Purdum and JW (Cindy) Simonson of Dunning; daughter, Paulette (Chad) Ericson of Rock Springs, Wyo; grandchildren, Dillon Simonson, Shaina and Jaylee Simonson and Alexis and Alyssa Ericson; Carla (Mike) Crawford of Chadron; adopted son, Jack Morris of North Platte; good friend, Charlann Lambrecht and family of Wood River.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lex Ann Simonson; father, Kenneth Simonson; stepfather, Robert Morris; infant grandson, Derrick Simonson, mother-in-law, Winifred Teaford; and father-in-law, Raymond Teaford.


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