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, 77, of Lakewood, Colo., died Aug. 29, 2007. He was a graduate of Arthur County High School and a former resident of Ogallala, Neb.

He was born Aug. 11, 1930, at Trenton, the son of Vergil “Mike” and Vera (Leetsch) Harrington. He grew up in the Arthur area, graduating from Arthur county High School in 1948.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was Korean War veteran.

On Sept. 16, 1954, he married Marjorie M. Nootz at Ogallala.

For 17 years he worked as a machinist for Goodalls at Ogallala, and, after 24 years, retired from the Bureau of Reclamatioin at Denver, Colo., where he was both a machinist and shop foreman.

He was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying bowling, golf and spending time in the Colorado mountains and at Lake McConaughy.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of Lakewood, Colo.; his children, Martin Harrington of Lakewood, Colo., James (Jeanne) Harrington, Julie McKinney, and Melisa (Roy) St. Francis, all of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren, Sean, Patrick and Christopher Harrington, Brenna and Kayla McKinney, and Joshua St. Francis; three sisters, Shirley (Jerry) Eastman, Wanda Moore, and Joanie (Bob) Nelson, all of Ogallala; four brothers, Phil (Colleen) Harrington of McKinleyville, Calif., Bill (Sally) Harrington of Ogallala, Max (Joyce) Harrington of Red Desert, Wyo., and Rex (Barb) Harrington of Sedgwick, Colo.; and a brother-in-law, Lyle (Barb) Nootz of Ogallala.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

, 90, of Broken Bow, formerly of rural Westerville-Arcadia area, died Sept. 22, 2007 at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow.

She was born Dec. 3, 1916 to George H. and Addie D. (Burnham) Scott on her grandfather Scott’s homesteaded farm a few miles north of Westerville. She attended the rural Copsey grade school and graduated from Westerville High School in May 1934. After her high school graduation she went to work for a close neighbor cleaning house, cooking and dressing chickens, plus many other duties of the rural family life of the ’30s.

On July 2, 1934, she married Kenneth N. Slingsby at Minden. They farmed east of Westerville before moving to the Slingsby family homestead in March 1945.

They celebrated 66 years of married life on their farm before his death in 2000. They received the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben of Omaha award in 1984.

She became a member of the Myrtle Ladies Aid in the fall of 1934, where they aided friends and neighbors with quilting, sewing, meals and many other ways of help.

She was a very active member until she moved from the farm due to health reasons to Off Broadway in Broken Bow December 2002, later moving to Heritage Hall in July of 2005.

In 1954, she became a member of the Custer County FHC Extension Club where she took and presented homemaking lessons. As a club member, she was avid in doing research and compiling information for the 1977 publication of the Clear Creek Echoes, which recorded the history and family stories of the first 100 years of the Westerville Community. She continued to be a member of the club until it dispersed.

After marriage she became a full-time homemaker and mother to her dear family of eight. They went through the droughts of the ’30s, floods, hail storms, tornadoes and the blizzards of 1948 and 1949. She was always a hard worker, caring for the livestock, operating machinery, moving irrigation pipe and many other chores – all while caring first for her family. Even after two open heart surgeries, she continued to assist with chores around the home and farm. Some of their happiest days were when friends, family, children and all the grand kids and great-grand kids came to visit them at the farm.

Survivors include four sons, Larry (Karen) Slingsby of Ansley, Richard (Caroldean) Slingsby of Broken Bow, Donald (Connie) Slingsby of Broken Bow and Ronald Slingsby of Arcadia; four daughters, Lenore (Max) Bristol of Kearney, Louise Fiene of Grand Island, Ellen Smith of Grand Island and Barbara Guy of Kearney; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Ed (Phylbert) Scott of Broken Bow.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother; sisters, Georgia and Anna Einspahr; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Don Fiene.

, 28, of Arapahoe died Oct. 3, 2007, southwest of Arapahoe in a pedestrian-car accident.

She was born Aug. 31, 1979, in Greeley, Colo., to Jim and Deb (Holzworth) Walker.

On Nov. 20, 1999, she married Dan Warner in Sterling, Colo.

She grew up in New Raymer on the family ranch. She attended Prairie School in New Raymer and graduated from there in 1998. She was active in school sports, particularly volleyball and basketball.

Her passion, however, was her love of agriculture, ranch life and her work with the New Raymer FFA. She was involved in every aspect of her school’s chapter, serving as chapter president her senior year. She became the Colorado FFA state vice president in 1998-99. She earned the American Farmer Degree and was awarded the Star Finalist in the National Beef Proficiency at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October 1999.

She attended Colorado State University and McCook Community College and then graduated with honors with her bachelor of science degree in biology education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December 2003. She was chosen as the Outstanding Student at the School of Natural and Social Sciences and earned the award for the Best Undergraduate Research Project in the Biology Department.

She continued with her passion for learning with postgraduate studies and earned a master’s of science in biology in May 2006, also from UNK.

She married her husband at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling, and they made their home southwest of Arapahoe. The couple served as sponsors for the Arapahoe FFA Chapter and the Nebraska Junior Gelbvieh Association. In 2003, she became the varsity coach for Arapahoe High School girls’ volleyball. She also served as an interim coach for the McCook Community College girls’ volleyball team in spring 2006.

She began her position as the biology instructor at McCook Community College in August 2004 to the present time. She served as the co-sponsor of Student Senate at the college. She was awarded the Innovative Ideas award for Mid-Plains Community Colleges in September 2007 and served on the Mid-Plains Community College Wellness Committee.

She enjoyed physical fitness activities, reading, decorating her home, working outside in her yard, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her supreme passion was her life in the country with her husband, raising their two beautiful little girls.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Gentry and Berkley, both of Arapahoe; brother, Colby (Karrie) Walker of Merino, Colo.; her parents of New Raymer, Colo.; and grandparents, K.C. and his wife, Jo Holzworth of Stoneham, Colo., Vera Walker of Sterling and Ralph and Joanne Lammers and Robert and Marjorie Warner, all of Arapahoe; and parents-in-law, Monte and Kristie Warner of Arapahoe.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ben Walker; her cousin, Dusty Branning; her great-grandmothers, Penny Headley and Elizabeth Holzworth; her great-grandfather, Jim Silvis; and her uncle, Blaine Walker.