Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Irdell was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw, near Cat Creek in Custer County, on the family farm. Irdell graduated from Mason City High School in 1940.
She took Normal Training after high school. Her first teaching job was northwest of Broken Bow and her last two years of teaching was north of Cat Creek.
She was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Harold A. Chase, May 26, 1944, at the Baptist Church in Broken Bow. One daughter was blessed to this marriage; Barbara. Harold was stationed in Alaska during WWII. They were married when he returned home.
The couple lived in Galveston, Texas for a year, where Harold was stationed and then honorably discharged. After the service they built a home in Gothenburg.
In 1952, Irdell was in the hospital 20 days, not expected to live. It turned out to be a ruptured appendix. Later that year she had a complete nervous breakdown and due to insulin and electrical shock treatments she was physically and mentally like a baby. She had to learn how to walk, read, write, cook and dress herself.
In 1962, the family moved to Lexington because of Harold’s work. At that time Irdell’s name was changed for business purposes.
Irdell enjoyed being a wife and mother, taught piano lessons, did church work, was a wonderful cook, babysat, and enjoyed her garden and flowers and being outdoors. Sadly, dementia slowly took these things from her over the past 12 years.
She loved her Lord, her husband and daughter and will be so very missed.
Irdell is survived by her husband, Harold Chase of Lexington; daughter, Barbara Chase of Lexington; her beloved therapy dog, Benny; brother, Eugene Chartraw of Ansley; one niece, Connie Miller of Milford, and one nephew, Mike Chartraw of Lincoln.
Irdell was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law; nieces, and many aunts and uncles.
A graveside service was Sept. 26, at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, with Pastors John Shields, Paul Pack and Paul Thomas officiating. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington was in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 29, 2011