Edna Lucille Sterling, 94 of Broken Bow, passed away Sept. 9, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
She was born Sept. 2, 1917, to Glen Elton and Rose (Witcofski) McMullen in Crab Orchard. When she was six months of age the family moved to the Custer Center community, northwest of Broken Bow where she later attended rural school and church. She graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1936.
January 26, 1937, Edna married Jack Wm. Sterling. They were blessed with one daughter, Rosalind Kay. In 1941, the family moved to Grand Island where Jack worked at the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant and the Army Air Base. Edna and Kay moved back to Broken Bow in 1944, when Jack was drafted to serve in the Navy.
Edna worked for J.C. Penney Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1985. She did volunteer work for her church, the Prairie Pioneer Center, and Hospice. She was proud to be a member of the B.P.O. Does Drove 68, of which she was a charter member, life member, 5-year treasurer and two-time past president, and had attended 41 consecutive Grand Lodge conventions.
Other memberships were: more than 70 years of the United Methodist Church; the W.H.O. church group; V.F.W. Auxiliary 1376; Womenâ€™s Auxiliary to the MOC 9; American Legion Auxiliary 126; Custer Center Grange; Royal Neighbors; N.A.R.F.E. 1509 (Rural Carriers-National Association Retired Federal Employees); and Rebekah Lodge 110. In 1995, the B.P.O.E. Elks presented Edna a plaque and named her their Citizen of the Year.
Survivors are her daughter, Kay, of Grand Island; nieces and nephews, Vicki (Palmer) and Rod Walker of Omaha, Gary and Gloria Brown of Rapid City, S.D., Jacque (Brown) and Terry Sewell of Hermosa, S.D., Rosemary Pullen of Savannah, Ga., Marcia and Jody Summerford of Phoenix, Ariz., Susan Unger of Omaha, Tim Jennings of Topeka, Kan., Bob and Sherry Hulme of Onawa, Iowa, Darrell and Zelma McMullen of Cheyenne, Wyo., Karon Thoren of Manhattan, Kan., Sharon and Bill Englebrecht of Lawrence, Kan., Darleen McMullen Roth of California, Nola McMullen of North Carolina; cousin, Curt Anderson of Broken Bow, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1987; her parents; in-laws, L.T. and Ruby Sterling; brother, W.D. (Bud) McMullen; sisters, Margaret Hulme and Rose and Tom Pullen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Leonard Palmer, and Helen and Clifford Brown; nephew Martin McMullen, and great-great-nephew, Eric Brown.
Funeral services were Sept. 13, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or Ascera Care Hospice.
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 15, 2011