Lucile Whitney, 96
Lucile Doris Daily was born Dec. 30, 1916, to Chalmers and Grace (Hammond) Daily in Columbus City, Iowa. She passed away into glory Feb. 1, 2013, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow.
Her childhood was spent around Milburn, as in 1921 her family moved there to farm near the Middle Loup River. She graduated from Milburn High School in 1933, then attended Kearney State Teacher's College and earned her teaching certificate in 1935. She taught grade school at District 57 in Custer County, and also District 59 in Prairie Center.
Lucile married Burnard Whitney Feb. 11, 1939, at Loup City. They lived in the Prairie Center community for a year before moving to Custer Center.
She was an accomplished musician and loved to play hymns on the piano or organ at church, and at home with family gathered around. Having placed her faith in Christ alone for salvation, the Word of God was her most treasured book.
She enjoyed quilting, reading, crossword puzzles, collecting stamps, and playing bridge. But it was family and friends that brought her the most joy.
She served as the Matron of Custer Center Juvenile Grange for a number of years, and was active in Custer County Women's Extension Clubs.
Lucile was preceded in death by her parents; son, Clifford Whitney; brother, Myron Daily; sister, Vera Judge, and sister Mabel Holmes.
She is survived by husband, Burnard Whitney of Broken Bow; son, John (Beth) Whitney of Broken Bow; daughter-in-law, Darlene Whitney of Broken Bow; sister, Marjorie (Howard) Russell of Milburn; six grandchildren, Lynne (Jim) Purcell of Tucson, Ariz., Robin Whitney of Ansley, Mark Whitney of Beatrice, Becky (Bill) Stadler of Hatley,Wisc., Lori (Tim) Jensen of Grand Island, and Ron (Susan) Whitney of Lincoln; seven great grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Scott Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Custer Center Cemetery near Broken Bow, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be offered to the Doulos Discovery School.
Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 7, 2013