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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 98, of Ainsworth, Neb., died on Aug. 9, 2007, just short of her 99th birthday, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth.

She was born Aug. 26, 1908, in rural Brown County, Neb., the second to two daughters born to Charles and Virginia (Fisher) Clark. She spent nearly all of her life in Brown County. Her father homesteaded in the Sandhills south of Ainsworth. From the time she was four years old, she and her older sister Nora were raised by their father.

She grew up on the homestead where she attended a one-room country school and completed the eighth grade. Although her formal education ended, she remained a lifelong learner. Even during the last week of her life she was challenged by various word puzzles found in the Fence Post magazine. With a little help from the neighborhood ladies, but mostly by trial and error, she developed the domestic skills required of a pioneer woman. Over the years she became an accomplished seamstress, quilter, crocheter, cook and gardener.

As an attractive young woman, she caught the eye of suitor, Paul Davis, and they were married Feb. 18, 1924, in Winner, S.D. They began their married life on a farm in the Highland Grove area north of Ainsworth. After only one year they moved back to her beloved Sandhills where they ranched until retirement.

In the early 1930s they received the Gospel message at revival meetings held at various schoolhouses. In 1947 they moved closer to Ainsworth and were able to attend church in town. They joined the Ainsworth Assembly of God and were faithful until death. She believed in the power of prayer and interceded daily for each member of her extended family.

In 1972 they moved to Ainsworth and spend their retirement years fishing, gardening and enjoying their children and grandchildren. She continued to sew and quilt and volunteered at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift shop. She amazed her family and friends by making elegant things out of next to nothing.

Their Ainsworth home became a hub for family and friends. Several family members stayed in their home while attending high school, and many stopped by just to say “hello.” She would always have some fresh baked treat or cup of coffee for them.

Grandma Goldie, as she became affectionately known, was independent and self-reliant. She never wanted to bother others with any of her needs and was able to live in her home quite independently until the time of her passing. Her love and concern extended far beyond her own family, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We take comfort in knowing that she is rejoicing with other loved ones in the presence of her Heavenly Father.

Survivors include four children, Paul Jr. (Norma) of Ft. Davis, Texas, Gary (Edna Mae) of Ainsworth, Marjorie (Chet) Wilkins of Ainsworth, and Bill (Sharon) of Ekron, Kent.; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 25 great great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Davis of Wood Lake and Joan Ball of Adamsville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Gloria Ritchey of Valentine numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; a sister, Nora Brown; two sons, Bob and Don; daughter-in-law, Evelyn and three grandchildren, Rick Davis, Bryent Wilkins and Donna Davis.

, 77, of Merriman, Neb., died Aug. 22, 2007, at Bennett County Hospital in Martin, S.D.

He was born Oct. 24, 1929, at Newport, Neb. to James and Maudie (Swick) Thayer.

He worked on many ranches throughout the Sandhills. In 1953 he married Ruth Garwood. They worked and raised their family of four children in the Sandhills of Nebraska. They purchased a ranch south of Merriman where he spent his life living the cowboy dream. In later years they retired in Merriman, Neb. Their home was always open to family and friends and he was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; their four children, Linda (John) Hanway, Connie Szakacs, and Terry Thayer, all of Merriman, and Julie (Chuck) Goodart of Broomfield, Colo.; three sisters, Ann Hale, and Karen (Gary) Holeman all of Merriman, and Lila (Leo) Nelson of Molakoff, Texas; a brother, Lester (Verla) Thayer of Merriman; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Maudie and a brother, LaVern.

, 80, died Sept. 4, 2007, at his home south of Cozad.

He was born Nov. 19, 1926, near Eustis to Henry and Grace (Mills) Etherton.

He graduated from Cozad High School in 1945. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War.

In June of 1961 he married Kay Ristine at Gothenburg. The couple made their home in Cozad where he engaged in farming and raising registered Birkshire hogs.

He was a proud member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker football fan.

He was known as a kind and gentle person and a dedicated father.

Survivors include his wife, Kay of Cozad; a son, Clay (Robin) of Cozad; two daughters, Debra (Allen) Eisenhauer of Bennet and Kathy (Damian) Rangel of Lincoln; a brother, Ken (Betty) Etherton of Cozad; and seven grandchildren, Molly, Amelia, Bailey, Hannah, Rebecca, Maggie and Abigail.

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a sister, Violet Brooks.

, 67, of Scottsbluff, died Sept. 2, 2007, at Regional West Medical Center.

He was born April 21, 1940, in Scottsbluff to Jose and Angeline (Correa) Orozco. He grew up in the Mitchell valley, attending Haig School and graduating from Scottsbluff High School. He was in the Marines for a term, then returning to Scottsbluff.

He married Josie Vega on June 8, 1968, in Scottsbluff.

He enjoyed carpentry and woodworking, as well as working with leather. He was an avid reader of math and science books. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and G.I. Forum.

Survivors include his wife, Josie of Scottsbluff; his daughter, Rebecca (Matthew) Ozvat and their children, Tyler and Brianna all of Powell, Ohio; son, Robert Orozco of Scottsbluff; his sister, Virginia (Richard) Bales of Scottsbluff; brothers, Michael (Lucy) Orozco of Gering, Amador (Carla) Orozco of Scottsbluff and Edward (JoAnn) Orozco of Gering; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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