Velma Ione Davolt, 94

Ione Davolt, age 94 of Broken Bow, formerly of Merna, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Merna, with the Rev. Dale Coates officiating. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Merna Methodist Church or the donor's choice.Velma Ione Davolt was born Sept. 23, 1917, at Dutchman Valley, six miles east of Broken Bow, to Carl and Opal (Hatfield) Rapp. At Dutchman Valley she received her elementary education and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1935. After graduation she "waited" tables at the Arrow Hotel Coffee Shop in Broken Bow.She married James Davolt July 15, 1936, in Stromsburg. They were privileged to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. To this union one daughter was born, Sharon Kay.After their marriage they moved to Merna, and worked for his parents in their grocery store. The family moved to Grand Island in 1942. Ione worked as a guard matron at the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant during WW II. In 1946 they returned to Merna to work in his parents grocery store. His parents retired in 1962, and they bought the store and operated it until October 1980 when they retired.Her church was very important to her. She was a member of the Merna United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. During this time she taught Sunday School and was a member of the United Methodist Women.She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star Arrow Chapter 164, holding many offices. She was also past member of the Merna Library board.She liked to sew, embroider, and play cards with family and friends. Ione was happiest when she was with her family. She was a great cook, always making something special - especially her pies and cookies. Ione is survived by her daughter, Sharon Schmitz of Merna; grandson, Brad (Lori) Dutton , granddaughter Denice (Jack) Jackson, grandson James (Marla) Dutton; 10 great grandchildren, Jennifer Dutton Robbins, Sarah Amsberry, Jeremy Fales, Jesse Dutton, Amber Fales Vetter, Nicholas Dutton, Janelle Dutton, Alex Dutton and Ellijha Mitchell; eight great-great-grandchildren, Anthony, Paris, Zaine, Brynlie Vienna, Abigail, Gabriella and Nolan; sister-in-law, Helen Graybeal; brother-in-law, LG (Alvina) Davolt, and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, step-father Emmett Smith, sister Mildred Olson, step-brother Wayne Smith, step-sister Thelma Smith, sister-in-law Garrel Davolt and brother-in-law Earl Graybeal.Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 1, 2011