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Archive - Feb 2011

February 10th

Wilda I. Diefenbaugh, 87

February 10, 2011

Willda Idell Crone Diefenbaugh was born Sept. 2, 1923, at home in Brown County, Mary, Nebraska. She was the seventh of 12 children born to Evan and Minnie Marie (Blumenthal) Crone.
Willda grew up on the ranch 17 miles north of Brewster and attended Brown County Country School #34, that her Dad built. She attended three years of high school in Brewster and graduated from Dunning High School.
Willda and Junior Neale Diefenbaugh were married June 28, 1944, at the Custer County Courthouse in Broken Bow. To this union were born four children: Michael, Joan, Yvonne, and Debra.

Victor W. Watts, 92

February 10, 2011

Victor William Watts, 92, went to meet his Lord Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center with his wife of 57 years, Claudia, and his daughters, Lynn and Judith, at his side.
He was born Nov. 20, 1918, at Cumro, one of four sons and one daughter, of William H. and Elizabeth (Cherry) Watts. Vic and Claudia were married Sept. 5, 1953, at Lexington.

Donald C. Brannan, 91

February 10, 2011

Donald Clayton (Sam) Brannan, 91, died at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte Feb. 2,2011. He was born Sept. 11, 1919, at Red Cloud to Clarence and Opal (Eggleston) Brannan.
He went to grade school in southern Cherry County, and one year of high school in Medicine Bow, Wyo. His parents separated when he was 14.
He spent his teen years working on ranches in the Mullen area. Most of the time at the Eck Cox ranch, where he was given the nickname of “Sam.”

Don E. Roth, 86

February 10, 2011

Don E. Roth, 86 of Arnold, died Jan. 25, 2011, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg. Donald Everett Roth was born to William and Clara (Erb) Roth in rural Seward County, Jan. 30, 1924. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011.
He attended rural schools in Seward and Custer County through eighth grade. In his early teens, Don was baptized in a Mennonite Church near Broken Bow, where the family attended.

Kyler Lynnae Jones

February 10, 2011

Riley and Christie Jones of Sumner are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kyler Lynnae Jones, born Jan. 21, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Kyler weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. She is welcomed home by brothers Reece and Maddox. Grandparents of Kyler are Margie and the late Bill Warren of Kearney, and Judy and the late Don Jones of Mason City. Great-grandparents are Wanda Trussell of Kearney, and Joe Hladky of Litchfield.

Aaron Ideus & Kimberly Pierce

February 10, 2011

The parents of Kimberly Pierce and Aaron Ideus are happy to announce the engagement of their children and upcoming marriage this June. Kimberly Pierce graduated from Callaway High School in 2007. She will graduate from Doane College with a degree in Biochemistry this May. She plans to pursue a medical degree. Her parents are Ken Pierce of Oconto, and Kay Pierce of Callaway. Aaron Ideus graduated from Free State High School, Lawrence, Kansas in 2006. He graduated from Doane College in May 2010, with degrees in Economics and Mathematics. He is currently employed in the Kansas City area.

Dustin Florian & Katie Andreasen

February 10, 2011

Robert and Corinne Andreasen of Merna would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Katie Lynn Andreasen, to Dustin Edward Florian, son of Charles Florian of Milburn. Kate is a 2008 graduate of Anselmo-Merna High School and is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. Dustin is a 2005 graduate of Anselmo-Merna High School and a graduate of Southeast Community College in Milford with an associates degree in electronic systems technology.

Mr. & Mrs. Joel Jacobs

February 10, 2011

Megan Weatherwax and Joel Jacobs were united in marriage Oct. 2, 2010, at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Parents of the couple are Charlie and Mary Weatherwax of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kirk and Jodi Jacobs of Mullen. Attendants for the couple were Kelly Weatherwax, sister of the bride from Sioux Falls, Andy Wright of Lincoln, and Jesse Jacobs of Kearney, both brothers of the groom. A reception was held following the poolside ceremony.

Collins carries on family's 'hairy' tradition

February 10, 2011

Elmer Collins went to work at the barber shop on the north side of the square in Broken Bow, in April 1951. Sixty years later the shop remains in the family, with Elmer’s granddaughter now at the helm.
Jamie Collins took over Ache & Pain April 1, 2009, when her aunt - Elmer’s daughter - Patty Knoell retired. Like Patty, Jamie has lived her entire life in Broken Bow and literally grew up at the shop.

Kids Count Part 2: Education for our future

February 10, 2011

Most of us agree that all children should have access to safe, affordable and high-quality early childhood care and education. During this critical period, children grow and learn more than at any other time in their lives.
By investing in quality experiences for young children, we can increase a child’s opportunities to develop - intellectually, socially and emotionally. Early experiences create the foundation upon which a child’s future success and productivity are built.