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Lloyd L. Newsham

February 19, 2012

Lloyd Lee Newsham of Lincoln, 91 years of age, passed away at Eastmont Towerson on Sunday, February 19, 2012.   His family was most important to him, and he will be remembered as a loving husband, a dedicated family man and a loyal friend. Lloyd was born April 14, 1920 to Alfred and Ellen (Gordon) Newsham in Ceresco, NE.  He had two brothers, Gerald and Clarence, and two step sisters, Una Jean and Mildred.  Lloyd served his country bravely in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific.  He was awarded a Purple Heart.  After returning home, Lloyd was one of the first five veterans to attend the University of Nebraska on the G.I. Bill.  Lloyd married Nola Jean Chore on March 24, 1945, and they had three daughters, Judy, Karen and Joyce.  He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 38 years, until he retired.  Lloyd was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.

Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Nola Jean, and by his daughters, Judy Torrens of Omaha, Karen White and husband Tom of Lincoln and Joyce White of Lincoln. Also surviving are grandchildren Jacob Torrens of San Francisco, CA., Sara (Torrens)Prince and husband Bill of Arlington Heights, IL., Zachary White and wife Andrea of Lincoln, Seth White and fiancé Nicole Gillespie of Omaha, Anna White of New York, NY., Whitney (White) Tonkinson and husband Chad of Astoria, OR., and Joshua White of Flagstaff, AZ.  Great-Grandchildren include Addison Prince, Koa White and Luna White.  Also surviving are step sisters Una Jean (Newsham) Chaffee and husband Mark of Fargo, ND and Mildred (Newsham) Miller of Lincoln.  Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Ellen Newsham, step mother Mary Newsham, brothers Gerald and Clarence Newsham and granddaughter Aimee Torrens.

Cremation, no visitation.

The funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church, 50th & St. Paul, on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church. 

Interment will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

S. Deloris (Cook) Morrison, formerly of Ainsworth, NE was born on February 17, 1920 to Charles and Ida Fern (Vargason) Cook, at Simpson, NE.  She passed away in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the age of 92 years and 1 day. 

Deloris married Vernon Morrison on January 19, 1941 in St. Paul, NE.  This union was blessed with two sons, Kenneth M. Morrison and Larry V. Morrison.

Deloris lived most of her life in Brown and Rock Counties of Nebraska.  She graduated from high school at Newport, NE.  She loved the “Sandhills” and was proud of her roots from that area.  Her last 13 ½ years were spent in Lincoln, NE to be near her sons and their families.  She worked several years as a nurse aide in area hospitals and was a proud member of the Rebekah Lodge for over 70 years.   While in Ainsworth she enjoyed serving as a volunteer at the Brown County Hospital’s Thrift Shop.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Vernon; parents, Charles and Fern Cook, parents-in-law, Dewett and Ethel Morrison; siblings and spouses, Mildred (Cook) and Clifford Burt, Jim and Esther Cook; and brothers and sisters in-law, Fern (Morrison) and Rex Butler, Lloyd and Veronica Morrison, Ethel (Morrison) Veili, Willard and Helen Morrison, Phyllis (Morrison) McCrann, Victor Leonard and Marion Morrison.

She is survived by:   Ken (Pat) Morrison, Lincoln, and Larry (Cathy) Morrison, Omaha.  Grandchildren:  Mike (Krista) Morrison, Jeff Morrison and Ryan (Suzie) Morrison, all of Omaha, Marci (Scott) Craig and Lynn (Tim) Bornemeier, all of Lincoln.  Great-grandchildren:  Koby, Ian, Eli and Aubrey Morrison, Katie and Connor Craig, Cathy, Jeffrey and Madison Morrison, Easton and Logan Bornemeier and Reese, Seeley and Sophia Morrison.  Also surviving is sister-in-law, Mildred Leonard, Chadron, NE and brother-in-law, Willy Veili, of California plus a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln, with visitation from 9-11 prior to the scheduled service.  Graveside service will be in Ainsworth South Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012.

Memorials can be sent to Brown County Hospital.


Esther Y. Clough

February 17, 2012

Esther Y. (Ehlers) Clough 94 passed into God’s care on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. Esther is survived by daughter Bonnie Clough, Lincoln; daughter and son in law Betty and Rod Little, Lincoln; daughter Ruth Clough, Grand Island; daughter and son in law Sharen and Doug Lee, Lincoln; daughter Jean Clough, Lincoln; adopted daughter and son in law Rita and Steve Ness, California. Grandsons Scott and Kristina Little; Mike and Lorie Little; Craig and Jane Little; Marty and Kathy Little, all of Lincoln. Great grandchildren David Little, Brett and Trevin Little, Trey, Tressa and Trysten Little, Ella, Jolee and Hallie Little. Sister in law Leota Bennett, Lincoln; Ione Clough, Arizona and Thelma Lewis, Oklahoma. Nieces and Nephews, Cousins and a host of friends. Puppies Marti, Ginger and Mollie Sunshine. Berkley, and Cajun.  Esther was preceded in death by her husband Lorus; parents, two brothers and two sisters; a niece. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel. 

  Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

 Memorials to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, AZ.   

 A luncheon will be held immediately after the chapel service with a committal service to follow.



Sarah R. “Sally” Gordon

February 15, 2012

 Sarah R. “Sally” Gordon, 102, Lincoln, passed away early on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012. She was born March 26, 1909, in Chicago to Russian immigrants, Charles and Minnie Reingold. Sally was united in marriage to Robert Merle Gordon on June 20, 1931, in Lincoln. He passed away in May 1969. A Chicago native, Gordon grew up in Fort Collins, Colo. She came to Lincoln as a teenager in 1927 and watched Italian craftsmen lay floor mosaics in the State Capitol. The landmark structure is 23 years younger than Gordon. Sally worked as administrative secretary for three Nebraska governors, Ralph Brooks, Frank Morrison and Norbert Tiemann. She also worked as the administrative assistant for the University of Nebraska’s Centennial Education Program; gave tours of the Nebraska governor’s mansion; served as a court reporter; and worked in real estate and law offices before rejecting retirement at age 75 and starting a new career as a sergeant-at-arms for the Nebraska Legislature. After 27 years in that role, at age 102, Sally retired in April 2011. Sally always said she preferred working to retirement because “I’m a desperate housewife and I’m allergic to housework.”

In 2011, Gordon was named America’s “Outstanding Oldest Worker” by Experience Works, a nonprofit organization which helps mature workers find jobs and new careers. In 2006, she was named Outstanding Older Worker for Nebraska. Elegant in both dress and manner, with a signature hat or scarf always adorning her silver hair, Gordon was a former model known for her flair and her active lifestyle. When she was 92, Sally toured Europe, alone, because it was something she had always wanted to do. Some of Sally’s favorite sayings included these: “Life goes by at such an amazing pace, perhaps that’s why they call it the human race” and “I try to live every moment.” She also favored “God didn’t give us a rewind button.” Sally is dear to many because of her friendly smile, kindness, interest in people, her wonderful sense of humor, and her vigorous approach to life. She lived in her home until last month. Sally was a good friend, a role model and an inspiration to many.

Sally is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James E. “Jim” Gordon and Karen Kilgarin, Lincoln; her daughter, Janet Rudolph of Tacoma, Wash.; her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Dalton Shapo, Turnersville, N.J.; granddaughters and spouses: Micala R. Gordon, Minneapolis; Shannon L. Gordon, Florence, Italy; Celeste M. Torrence, Lincoln; Jacquie and Brett Rauenzahn, Lovettsville, Va.; Danielle and Mark Jannusch, Marion, Iowa; Alexey and Doug Root, Denton, Texas; Sarah and Douglas Cole, Upper Arlington, Ohio; Rebecca Rudolph, Seattle; great grandchildren: Clarissa, William, Samuel, Joshua, Hannah, Alexander; niece, Sandy Goralnik, Denver. Special friends: Connie Miller, Cindy Swinney, Laurie Smith Camp, Jim Joyce, and many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Constance Ellen “Connie” Gordon, who passed away in November 2005.

Services will be held at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 3219 Sheridan Boulevard, Lincoln on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 12:15 p.m. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, located near North 14th and Elba Streets. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Sally requested that memorials be directed to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Nebraska or the Lincoln Community Foundation’s Sally Gordon Endowed Scholarship Fund for Outstanding Legislative Pages.

Wyuka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Myna Ruth Cardwell

February 11, 2012

Myna Ruth (Buckendahl) Cardwell, 84, Lincoln, NE died Friday, February 10th, 2012.  She was born on October 28th 1927 in Stanton, Nebraska to Carl and Helena (DeBuse) Buckendahl.  Myna graduated from Elgin, Illinois High School in 1945 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1950. While at the University she was a member of Towne Club and Sigma Eta Chi.

 She was a dedicated elementary school teacher with the Lincoln Public Schools System and ended her teaching career at Saratoga Elementary School. 

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Cardwell, and sons and daughters in law – Tom and Jenny Cardwell, Jim and Angie Cardwell, and Bill Cardwell.  She is survived by her five grandchildren and husbands:  Dan Cardwell, Jamie and Nathan Gemmell, Laura and Matthew Ames, Ben Cardwell, and Morgan Cardwell.  She is survived by six great-grandchildren:  Noah Cardwell, Addison and Grayson Gemmell, and Xavier, Grady, and Ellery Ames. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Estella Lutes and her brother Carl Buckendahl. 

Myna was a longtime member of Northeast United Church of Christ where she was active in the Sunday School program for many years and shared her love of teaching.  She also volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital for nine years. 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Northeast United Church of Christ with a lunch to follow. Pastor Melissa Finlaw Draper will officiate.    

Memorials may be sent to Northeast United Church of Christ at 6200 Adams Street Lincoln, NE  68507 or to Saratoga School at 2215 So. 13th, Lincoln, NE 68502.

Engeline Viola Brinton

February 8, 2012

Engeline Viola Brinton, age 74 of Denton, Nebraska died on February 8, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She was born on March 6, 1937, in Pickrell, Nebraska to Herman and Christina (Schmidt) Meints.

Engeline ran a daycare out of her home for 32 years. She married Rex Brinton on February 4, 1956 in Lincoln.

Engeline is survived by her husband,  Rex Brinton of Denton; daughter and spouse, Brenda and David Pape of Denton; son and spouse, John and Nancy Brinton of Lincoln; 3 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Emma Von Busch of Lincoln, Norma Reichwaldt of Lincoln, sister and spouse, Karen and Jim Kerl of Palmyra;  brother and spouse, Virgil and Mary Meints of Lincoln; brother and spouse, Leroy and Sharon Meints of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Carrol Meints of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Emil.

Cremation, no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home. 

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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