Adah Darlene Neubauer was born Jan. 18, 1925, to Louis and Delight (Griffith) Neubauer at home on the ranch north of Purdum. She passed away Jan. 9, 2012, in Broken Bow at the age of 86 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Adah was the youngest child in her family and lived all her childhood years on the family ranch. Her mother taught her the first grade at home, due to ill health. She then attended grade school at Elsmere South District 101.
Adah was advanced to the second grade that same year and enjoyed letting her brother and sisters know that she had completed grade school in seven years compared to their eight years.
Adah completed high school in 1943, through correspondence courses from the University of Nebraska. She attended Chadron State College in Chadron for one year, then took the 17 teacherâ€™s exams, qualifying for a state teaching certificate.
Adahâ€™s first teaching assignment was with the Compton School, seven miles northwest of Purdum. She boarded with the Raymond Walters family and rode a horse the two miles to school every day. After two years at Compton School, she returned to Chadron State College and graduated in 1949, with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
Adah taught third grade in Alliance for four years before moving to Bassett in 1953. She taught at Rock County High School for the next eight years, teaching normal training and English. At the same time, ADah was the school librarian, girlâ€™s athletic association sponsor, yearbook sponsor, co-sponsor of the pep club, and coach of the volleyball team for six years, leading them to undefeated seasons most of that time. Adah was also one of the charter members of the Alpha Delta Chapter from the Bassett-Ainsworth-Valentine and Oâ€™Neill area.
In 1961, Adah attended the summer sessions at the university of Denver, graduating with a masterâ€™s degree in library science, which led her to East High School in Aurora, Ill., where she held the position of head librarian for eight years. in 1969, she became the head librarian for the Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., and served in that position for 11 years.
In 1980, when her brother passed away, she returned to the family ranch at Purdum to care for her aging mother. in 1982, Adah was hired back to the Elsmere Country School, District 101, where she taught until she retired from teaching in 1988.
Adah enjoyed the outdoors, had a large garden every summer and the entire surrounding areas of Purdum and Elsmere enjoyed her delicious vegetables all summer long. She loved her many chickens and ducks, her dogs and cats and the cattle and horses on the ranch. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, write childrenâ€™s stories (publishing one of them), and wrote her family history and her book of memories.
Adah was a member of the Purdum United Church of Christ, joining at the age of 13. She held the positions of church organist and pianist, vacation Bible school leader, womenâ€™s fellowship president, secretary and treasurer, parish secretary and treasurer and several offices in the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Due to failing health, Adah moved to the Custer Care Center in Broken Bow in August 2010, and remained there until her death. Adah is survived by her sister, Sheila Block of Lincoln, three generations of nieces and nephews and a large host of friends. This generous, loving woman will be greatly missed by all.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Beryl; her sister and brother-in-law, Gwynne and Gertrude Neubauer; and her half-sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Hand Wandersee.
Memorial services were Sunday, Jan. 15, at the United church of Christ in Purdum with Pastor Judy Cook and Pastor David Hansen officiating. April Wescott was organist.
Memorials may be sent to the Purdum United Church of Christ in Purdum, or to Kamp Kaleo in Burwell. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 19, 2012