Charlene Marie Page was born Aug. 21, 1939, at Auburn, to Leo and Donna (Karr) Haith. Charlene’s high school years were spent in Central City. She graduated in 1957, and went to work for the Lincoln Telephone Company in York. During the time Paul kept the highway busy between Central City and York and on June 6,1958, Charlene became Mrs. Paul Page.
Two daughters soon joined the family; Ronda was born in Grand Island, and Joyce in Central City. The couple moved to Broken Bow in 1960, and Paula, their youngest, was born in 1962. For five years Charlene continued as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell.
Her next job found her working for J.C. Penney and five years later she began her 25-year stint with Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow. Retiring because of health reasons, she concentrated on her family.
During the early years of their marriage Paul became a volunteer fireman in Central City and then in Broken Bow, which meant that Charlene and their daughters would honor his oath of service. She was a member of the Sparkettes, an auxiliary to the volunteer fireman in the 1970s and 1980s, and for many years was a member of the Nebraska State Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary and served on many committees. Her membership in the Broken Bow Does was always close to her heart. She particularly enjoyed the Memorial services that she and others practiced and performed for departed Does. She held many offices and was also Does President. Many organizations received her support and no doubt she’ll be missed by her Bingo friends.
Survivors include her husband, Paul of Broken Bow; her brother, Leo Haith of Valley; her half-sister, Georgia (Jim) Osbon of North Platte; her three daughters, Ronda (Frank) Rodriguez of Thornton, Colo., Joyce Dangler of Broken Bow and Paula Page of Broken Bow; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, and a great-grandson.
Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow, with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating Memorials are suggested to the family.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 22, 2013